2015 Lake Tahoe Sharkfest Swim Entrant Letter
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Official Entrant Newsletter

Dear Lake Tahoe Sharkfest® Swimmer,

Congratulations on your entry in the 6th Annual Lake Tahoe Sharkfest Swim, scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2015. You will be swimming 1 mile in the clear blue waters amidst the rock formations at Sand Harbor State Park.

This is the official "ENTRANT NEWSLETTER." Nothing will be sent via regular mail. All athletes will pick up their timing chips and swim caps race day morning.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SWIM FOR NOVICES OR THOSE UNPREPARED TO SPEND UP TO ONE HOUR AND 15 MINUTES IN mid-60s DEGREE WATER. If your time for a mile in the pool (72 lengths or 36 laps in a 25-yard pool) is longer than 40 minutes, we do not recommend that you attempt this swim.

Race Day Itinerary

  • 7:00am: Front gate into Sand Harbor State Park opens. Do not arrive too early.
  • 7:15–8:00am: Athlete Check-In will be held near the finish at the south end of Main Beach in Sand Harbor State Park. Click here for google map location of Sand Harbor State ParkThere is parking here for $12/vehicle ($10 Nevada residents).You MUST BRING A PHOTO ID to check-in where you will pick up your swim cap and have your hands marked with your race number.
  • 8:00-8:20am: Athletes will walk from the finish to the start.
  • 8:25am: Pre-Race Announcements will be made at the swim start.
  • 8:30amRace start will be at the water's edge near the boat ramp and will be signaled by an air horn at approximately this time.
  • 9:30am: Informal Awards Ceremony will take place at the finish, announcing the age group winners in each age group (wetsuit & non-wetsuit combined) and handing out medals to those winners. Final results will be posted online at on race day. Personalized award plaques will be mailed a few weeks later.
  • Post Race: Swimmers are encouraged to hang out with their friends and family at Sand Harbor State Park. It's a great spot to trade post-race stories and enjoy our spread of snacks, and the view from dry land. Bring a picnic for the beach or the picnic tables in the woods.


  • There will be toilets near the start and finish areas of the race.
  • There are change room facilities near the check-in/finish area of the race.
  • There are shower facilities at the swim finish.
  • If you want to wear flip flops or warm ups to the start, then after you check-in proceed to GEAR BAG TABLE to get a bag to label with your race number. At the swim start, put your items in the bag and they will be transported to the finish. This BAG should ONLY include FLIP FLOPS and warmups if you're a skin swimmer. (Keep in mind: You may beat this bag to the finish.)
  • Everything else (dry clothes, towel, running shoes) should be left in the secure area at the finish line or in your car which will be parked very close to the finish.
  • Scheduled SWIM START TIME is 8:30AM.
  • There will be a single mass swim start.
  • Water temps should be 63-68°F degrees.
  • Your time will be taken as you enter the finish chute. Stay in order as you go through the chute for accurate timing. After all swimmers are accounted for and the preliminary results are tabulated, an informal awards ceremony will be held at approximately 9:30am where the top three finishers in each age group (wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions combined) will receive medals and the first place in each age group will receive a bottle of the famous Sharkfest Wine (you must be present to receive the wine, it will not be shipped) - so stick around! Full results will be posted online within 24 hours of the event. Personalized award plaques for the top three in each age-group will be mailed several weeks after the event.
  • Athletes will pick up t-shirts at check-in. A t-shirt is included with your entry. If you pre-ordered a hat, you will also pick that up when you check-in. Some extra hats and t-shirts may be available for purchase after the race.
  • There is parking available at Sand Harbor State Park for $12/vehicle ($10 for Nevada residents).There is no drop off area outside the park.
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What to Expect During the Swim

Kayaks will direct the lead swimmers along the correct course. Additional kayaks, paddleboards, and boats will corral the remainder of the swim field and direct them along the course.  A designated lead paddler will assist you with sighting. The lead paddler will be wearing a brightly colored vest. There will also be large orange buoys in the water to guide you; you MUST stay to the right of all orange buoys at all times. If you are swimming astray, you will be advised to change course. You must obey the instructions of all escort personnelNon-compliance with this rule will result in automatic disqualification.

The swim will start on the beach adjacent to the boat ramp. The course then heads out past the rock formations and around the point. You will then swim parallel to the beach before you round the final orange buoy just off the south end of the main beach.  As you approach the swim finish, you MUST go to the RIGHT of the final orange buoy to enter the finish area.  If you do not swim to the right of the final orange buoy, you will be DISQUALIFIED! BEWARE of submerged rocks that might be along the course. Our fleet of kayakers, paddlers, and boats will be there to guide and encourage you every stroke of the way. You will then be able to say "I completed the LakeTahoe Sharkfest Swim!"

Our objective is to have everyone successfully complete the swim, but if your pace puts you too far behind to guarantee your safe completion, a boat will pick you up. You may be moved to a more favorable location, so you can complete the swim; however, swim officials have the authority to make an objective assessment of your progress and may decide to bring you to the finish line. If an official tells you to get into a boat, it is expressly for your safety, and you must comply or you will be disqualified

If you find that when you jump in the water or start to swim that your heart begins to beat rapidly and your breathing feels out of control, this can be perfectly normal. It's usually just the adrenaline rush of race day paired with the shock of the cold water. Use your own judgment on whether to continue, especially if you have any medical conditions, but most people find that if they continue to swim, they warm up, get their breathing back under control and are able to get back into a groove and finish the swim. You may backstroke, or swim with your head out of the water until you're comfortable to swim again.

If you feel that you cannot complete the swim or you need the assistance of a kayaker or paddler, stay put and put one arm straight up in the air. A kayaker or paddler will come to you and discuss your options. It is perfectly legal to grab the nose of a kayak or paddleboard and wait out a cramp, get your breathing under control, etc. Don't hesitate to take the measures you need to finish your swim. (Note: If you need to grab onto a kayak or board, grab onto the nose; NEVER grab a kayak or board from the side, as you may tip it over). A smart athlete will know when it's not his or her day. You'll always be welcome to come back and try again. There's no shame in taking a rain check on this event. 

If you start to get cold and can't think straight, you are experiencing mild hypothermia and should make the choice to end your swim. Full hypothermia may result in death. Don't be ashamed or hesitate to call it quits early. If you decide it's just not your day, stay put and raise your hand. Yell to get the attention of an escort, and you will be picked up. 

If you drop out and do not go through the finish chute, be sure to check-in with an official at the race finish to notify us that you are on the beach.  We don't want to have to launch a search and rescue unless someone is truly missing in the water.

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