This race is an out-and-back from the South Bay swim beach. The course will start on the beach, go 0.6 miles out, turn around a buoy and return finishing out of the water, on the beach.

New in 2015:  Wet suit and non-wet suit divisions!   You’ll indicate which you want to participate in during the registration process.

Race Day Schedule

5:30 am to 6:30 am:  Check-in, including day-of registration

6:30 am:  Pre-swim meeting to outline course, safety items, answer questions

7:00 am:  Race starts!

Eligibility

The 1.2 Mile event is open to all United States Masters Swimming (USMS) registered swimmers and any USA Swimming (USAS) registered swimmer at least 11 years of age.

Rules

Swimmers must wear the race swim cap.

All USMS and USAS Long Distance rules apply including swimsuit definitions. Exceptions and clarifications include:

Drafting
Unlike many open water events, the Team Fort Collins Horsetooth Swim allows no drafting except where unavoidable at the start. If flagrant drafting is observed, that swimmer will be disqualified.

Swimsuits
Each governing body has specific swimsuit rules. USMS rules state: men may wear a suit that goes down to just above the knee and not above the navel, women may wear a suit that goes down to just above the knee and not over the shoulder.  USA Swimming rules state: men may wear a suit the goes down to just above the knee and not above the navel, women may wear a suit that goes down to just above the knee and not over the shoulder.

For additional details visit: USMS suit details or USA Swimming suit details.

Awards

USMS first, second and third place male and female will receive a medal.

USAS first, second and third place male and female will receive a medal.

Pledge Program

A portion of the The Team Fort Collins Horsetooth Open Water Swim registration fee is just one of the ways Team Fort Collins raises money to fund programming.

We need your help to raise even more funds. Please check the pledge option when you register online, and help us continue to the fight against drug and alcohol abuse. Learn more about the pledge program.

Registration & Fee Deadlines

Registration opens on April 1, 2015
The fees cover safety (Dive Rescue, EMTs), t-shirt and awards. A significant portion is a donation in support of Team Fort Collins.

April 1 to August 9
Register online: $40

August 10 to August 20
Register online: $50
No t-shirt for late registration.

Day of Registration
Register at check-in: $60
No t-shirt for swim day registrants.

*$12 – USMS One Event registration (18 and over)
This fee is required if you are currently not a member of United States Masters Swimming (USMS). This one-day fee covers insurance requirements for the swim. No one will be allowed to swim without proof of membership or having paid the one-day fee.

*$12 – USAS One Day registration (18 and younger)
This fee is required if you are currently not a member of USA Swimming (USAS). This one-day fee covers insurance requirements for the swim. No one will be allowed to swim without proof of membership or having paid the one-day fee.