MEET DIRECTOR: SUSANNE COOPER
NC Swimming and Sandhills Sandsharks are hosting The Southern Zone Open Water Championships June 2-4: these races will precede NC Open Water Championships and RHF Military MIle on both Friday and Saturday.
1. USA SWIMMING PROHIBITS THE USE OF WET SUITS IN TEMPS ABOVE 20 DEGREE CELSIUS AND THE WATER TEMERATURE DOES NOT MERIT THEM.
2. Swim suit rules---women may wear 2 pieces, as long as they are not tie back and do have sports bra/triathlon type tops in line w/ FINA decency requirements.
3. Nails--Real and Fake nails that go over the required length will result in a NO SWIM! Nail length will be inspected at check in. NO swimmer will receive a number if their fingernails are not deemed legal by the referee at check in.
All parking will be in the soccer field inside the gates at Seven Lakes (See "Parking" tab for more information)
The 400m dash will be along the dam.
All parking for NC Open Water races will be in the stables off of Seven Lakes Drive, next to the 7 Lakes Fire Station (see "Location" tab for map). A shuttle will transport swimmers and spectators to the dam. Please allow 20 minutes for transport time. No parking is permitted along the roadside. (For more parking information please see "Parking" tab)
The 800m race will be along the dam.
Open Water 101
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants and spectators…
DO park in the paddock area (Saturday) off of Seven Lakes Drive, next to the 7 Lakes Fire Station; signs will guide you.
DO allow time to be shuttled to the race area (20 minutes).
DO set up on the Lake side of the Dam for everyone’s safety (EMS must be able to pass safely).
DO bring binoculars.
DO bring and wear sunblock (applying often)
DO bring umbrellas/tents/shade structures, chairs, etc. (It can be very hot along the dam, shade is a must)
DO bring food and WATER
Concessions and Mean Bean Coffee Cafe, will be available all day Saturday.
DON’T put sunscreen on your arm until after it’s been marked/tattooed and dried
DON’T crowd the finish area…pictures of the swimmers can be taken on the podium between award ceremonies.
In accordance with USA Swimming guidelines, we CANNOT allow any spectators in the starting area. Please respect this!! It is for the safety of ALL swimmers, including your own and is a requirement for sanctioning this race.
DO pick up your trash on your way out.
DO remember to be respectful of the homes, and their properites, adjacent to the race area.