This swim is a 2-loop course from the South Bay swim beach. The course starts on the beach, goes 0.6 miles out, where swimmers will turn around a buoy and return, swimming around another buoy, then back out around the buoy and back in finishing out of the water, on the beach.

There are 2 divisions for USMS:  Wet suit and non-wet suit.  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 2.4 Mile event is open to United States Masters Swimming (USMS) registered swimmers and USA Swimming (USAS) registered swimmer at least 13 years of age as of race day.

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 Deadlines

Registration opens on April 1, 2014

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 July 27
Register online: $55

July 28 to August 7
Register online: $65
No t-shirt for late registration

Day of Registration
Register at check-in: $75
No t-shirt for day of race 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.