Wetsuit-clad racers line up on the beach for the start of the Lap the Lake swim at Franklin Lake, Wyckoff, NJ

Lap the Lake Swim

The Lap the Lake Swim is an annual open water race that takes place at the Indian Trail Club on Lake Franklin, New Jersey each June.

The race is organized by the Wyckoff YMCA and proceeds go towards the YMCA Family program.

Racers compete on a half-mile course on picturesque Lake Franklin, with the start and finish line on the beach at the Indian Trail Club, a historical club house with excellent views across the water.

Racers in the one mile competition swim 2 laps of the course, and racers in the two mile competition swimming 4 laps total. This format makes for a better spectator experience – instead of the racers disappearing for most of the race, it is possible to cheer them on and better experience their progress.

Lap the lake swim has cool prizes for winners of each age group! Awards for overall winners as well as winners in each of the following age groups for both males and females: 19 years and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. It’s worth mentioning that there is a maximum time limit of 30 minutes per lap. If you cannot swim half a mile in less than 30 minutes, you should not race. Competitors who take longer than 30 minutes to complete any lap of the race will be pulled for safety reasons.

The water temperature can still be pretty cold at this time of year and wetsuits are strongly encouraged. If water temperatures dip below 66F, wetsuits will be mandatory.

The Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve covers some 147 acres, with hundreds of trails and hikes with picturesque lake views and natural beauty despite its proximity to happening urban areas like New York City.

The sky reflected in the water at Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve, site of the Lap the Lake swim.
Lap the Lake swim racers should take time to explore the wild swimming opportunities which abound at Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve.
Lap the Lake Swim
Indian Trail Club
830 Franklin Lake Road
Franklin Lakes NJ 07417
Race time: June 8, 2024 5:30 am
Price: Half mile: $40, One mile: $50, 2 mile: $60
Distance: Half mile, 1 mile, 2 miles
Closing date: June 1, 2024

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