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Ben Hair Memorial Open Water Swim Meet – May 18, 2013

March 8, 2013

5th Annual Race @ Christophers Run Campground In Mineral VA
Distances 500m – 1000m – 2000m – 3000m – 5000m & a 1k Team Time Trial

We are pleased to announce this years swim, which features a range of opportunities with race distances from 500m up to 5k, a large block of camping area at the race site (as well as many other lodging options, see below), and an open water clinic for both coaches and swimmers. This is a USA Swimming Sanctioned event, but is open to all athletes (see Entry & Eligibility Information below). In an effort to enhance the team aspect of this event we are including team scoring and a new event – the Team Time Trial (details below). The result is a meet that can provide the athlete with a range of team-oriented, challenging, and motivating events. Coaches and team directors can download the official Virginia Swimming meet announcement. All proceeds from this meet go to the Ben Hair Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Ben Hair Just Swim For Life Foundation.

This years race features a variety of challenging and interesting events. All events except the 500m are open to all ages:

  • Races from 500m – 5,000m – Mass start events from the 1k to 5k are open to all athletes, and a special 500m swim for 10&under athletes only.
  • The Earliest USA Swimming 5k on the East Coast – This is the earliest opportunity to swim 5k in a USA Swimming sanctioned meet on the east coast north of Florida, and it’s placement in this slot on the calendar allows access to this race before the height of the long course season. Our intention for adding the 5k swim this year was simple: to provide an opportunity for our athletes to gain experience in this international open water racing distance. In the same way that we work to provide an environment for swimmers to have their first open water racing experience, we offer this 5k with the intention of providing our accomplished distance swimmers with a stepping stone to national and international level competition.
  • Introducing the Team Time Trial to Open Water Swimming – Our Team Time Trial event is the first of its kind in the open water world. Teams of 4-8 athletes will start as a single unit, with separate teams starting at 3 minute intervals. The athletes will swim one loop of the course (1km), with the time of the 4th swimmer to cross the line awarded as the teams time. Athletes are encouraged to use the draft in order to get the fastest possible time for their first 4 athletes. A special “General Classification” (GC) award will be given to the athletes who have the fastest combined time for their individual 5k and their teams TTT time with awards for both Men and Women.
  • Open Water Clinic – The open water clinic will take place on Saturday afternoon and will cover Open Water protocols for officials as well as talks on training & racing strategies for coaches and swimmers & is free for all participants.
  • Camping & Lodging – We have reserved a large area for teams to set up camp, with camping for 300, electricity and full hook ups. Outside of the reserved area, but still in the Christopher Run Campground are RV hookups, private campsites and cabins available for rent. There are also numerous rental homes bordering Lake Anna & several hotels within 10-20 mins.

Entry & Eligibility Information
This event is sanctioned by United States Swimming, but it is open to all athletes. Competitors who are not members of USA Swimming will be required to purchase a single day membership ($12US) and must pre-register (see below for non-USS entry instructions).

Non-USS Member Registration Instructions
For detailed instructions and all entry forms, go to this page on benhairopenwater.org.

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