This swim covers the entire length of Horsetooth Reservoir,  located in the foothills west of Fort Collins. Swimmers (and paddlers) start at Satanka Bay (north end) and swim to South Bay swim beach. The start is in the water, the finish may be in or out of the water, dependent on water levels.  The race committee will determine the finish location the week before the race, however last minute changes may be required depending on reservoir conditions.

Eligibility

The 10K event is open to members of United States Masters Swimming (USMS) or USA Swimming (USAS).  To register, swimmers must meet the following requirements.

USMS swimmers who have not previously completed the Team Fort Collins Horsetooth 10K Swim are required to obtain approval from George Thornton or Joe Bakel prior to registration (send email to 10kinfo@horsetoothswim.com).

Swimmers should describe their experience in long distance open water swimming and how they will prepare to meet the challenges of swimming 10 kilometers at approximately 5400 feet (1700 meters) elevation, in 62 to 70° F (16 to 21°C) water.  Include a description of your nutrition plan during the swim.

USAS swimmers who have not previously completed the Team Fort Collins Horsetooth 10K Swim are required to obtain approval. USAS swimmers must be at least 14 years old.  Please contact the race committee at 10kinfo@horsetoothswim.com for additional details.

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 10K 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.

Safety
First-time Horsetooth 10k swimmers and swimmers using organizer-supplied paddlers MUST attend the check-in /orientation dinner on Saturday night.  Swimmers who have swum the Horsetooth 10k before and are providing their own paddler may chose to attend the webinar or the dinner (but most do one of these options).

Support Craft

Every swimmer must be accompanied by a paddler (canoe, kayak, SUP) for the entire race.  The paddler provides visibility for safety, navigation and nutrition.  For those without access to a paddler, the race committee makes available up to 25 paddlers.  Swimmers pay an extra fee for the use of the paddler and all of that fee is a donation to Team Fort Collins.

Awards

First, second and third place men and women will receive a trophy.
A traveling trophy, The Turner Cup, is awarded to the first man and first woman finisher.

Pledge Program

Your 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 and Fees

Registration opens April 1, 2014.  Registration closes July 20, 2014.

The fees cover safety (Dive Rescue, EMTs), t-shirt and awards. A significant portion is a donation in support of the Team Fort Collins programs.

$80 – Registration fee

Registration ends July 20. No late or race-day registrations allowed.

$30 – Committee-provided paddler and craft

The swim committee will provide up to 25 paddlers, with craft, on a first-come, first-served basis for USMS swimmers that request and pay. A wait list will be established if more than 25 requests are received.  Send email to 10info@horsetoothswim.com for more information.

$12 – USMS One Event registration (18 and over)

The USMS One Event registration is required if you are currently not a member of United States Masters Swimming (USMS). This one-day fee covers insurance requirements for the race. 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.

$5 – Each additional guest at the check-in dinner.

The swimmer and paddler receive dinner as part of registration.