View of the pristine clear water of Elk Lake in the Cascades, near Bend, Oregon, site of the Cascade series open water swim

The Cascade Lakes Swim Series

The Cascade Lakes Swim Series takes place at Elk Lake, a picturesque mountain lake basking in the sunshine of the Oregon Cascades, just 32 miles from Bend. The water temperature typically ranges from 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

The series comprises five open water swims held over three days, offering flexibility for adult participants to enter any or all of the races. The schedule includes a 3000-meter swim on Friday, featuring a triangular course. On Saturday, participants can engage in an individual 500-meter time trial along an out-and-back floating line course and a 1500-meter swim around a triangular course. Sunday’s events include a challenging 5000-meter swim comprising three loops on a diamond and triangular course and a 1000-meter swim following an irregular course along the west shoreline.

Swimmers completing all five races earn special Survivor awards. For safety reasons, it’s important to note that swimmers unable to complete 1650 yards (1500 meters) in 40 minutes should refrain from entering these events.

The Cascade Lakes Swim Series
Elk Lake
Bend Oregon 97413
Race time: August 2, 2024 4:30 pm
Price: $60 for the first race, $5 for subsequent races
Distance: .5K, 1K, 1.5K, 3K, 5K
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Those wearing wetsuits compete in a separate category.

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