Point to La Pointe
Open Water Swim on Lake Superior - July 29, 2017
Join us for one of the best swim races in the country!
Point 2 LaPointe offers three different swim events for anyone who’s excited to swim fast, have fun, and raise money for recreation programs in the Bayfield area. There’s no better way to swim the Big Lake.
Prizes for most the pledges raised and the fastest swimmers by age group!
Saturday, July 29
Typically the race is the first Saturday in August, but the 2017 date is July 29 to avoid conflicting with USMS Summer Nationals in Minneapolis. In 2018, we'll return to the usual first Saturday in August.
The course is a straight 2.1 mile swim on Lake Superior starting at the town of Bayfield and ending at Madeline Island.
Swimmers will start in waist deep water and finish at the water’s edge. Large buoys will mark the course every 1/3 mile. For safety reasons, you will be expected to swim along the marked course and may be steered by escort vessels if you get off course. Swimmers will finish at a dock and walk 5 steps up a ladder with handrails on both sides. Your time is taken when you cross a mat on the dock after you step off the ladder.
For those familiar with the area, the course follows the same route of the winter ice road, starting at the beach at the end of Washington Ave in Bayfield. It also parallels the route of the Madeline Island Ferry, finishing approximately 3/4 mile north of the ferry dock.
Swimmers have encountered all of Lake Superior's moods over the years, from calm, flat water to strong crosswinds with 2 foot waves. This event is registered with and approved by the US Coast Guard. US Coast Guard and US Coast Guard Auxiliary boats will monitor and patrol the event in addition to race officials and escorts.
The Race Event is a competitive, timed swim for experienced swimmers.
If you cannot meet these requirements, please enter the Community Event.
Wetsuits are required except by special permission from the Race Director. Shorties and bibs will likely be adequate but a full suit is best in case of cold temperatures. Water temperatures on Lake Superior can vary greatly with wind direction and prior day's weather (typically 63-71).
If you need a wetsuit, visit wetsuitrental.com to rent or buy a good used suit. They guarantee fit and delivery before the race.
Kayak safety coverage is provided for the competitive race.
The Community Event is not a race, but will be timed for the swimmer's interest. Swimmers in this event should feel confident in their ability to swim 2 miles in open water.
Swimming aids are allowed, including fins. Swimmers may rest on and get help from their escorts, but towing is not encouraged.
Need an escort? Hire one from Trek and Trail. They will take care of everything. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-354-8735.
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Recreation and Fitness Resources is a non-profit organization rooted in Bayfield, WI. We provide and support affordable access to year-round recreation and fitness opportunities for youth, adults, seniors, and families.
140 S Broad St | PO Box 1146
Bayfield, WI 54814
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