City of Kent, Lake Meridian Park
14800 SE 272nd St
Kent, WA 98042
Check-in at the picnic shelters
5:15 PM Packet Pick up/Day of Race Registration
6:30 PM Race Briefing
6:45 PM - 2.4 mile athletes begin - orange wave
6:50 PM - ½ mile athletes - green wave
6:55 PM - 1.2 mile athletes - yellow wave
Packet Pick Up
At packet pick up all athletes are required to show Photo ID. Caps are sorted according to distance - make sure you get the right color! Wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers for each distance will wear the same color cap. Your hand will be marked with your race number. Your timing chip needs to go around your ankle. If you have your own strap, make sure you turn in the timing strap to packet pick up.
Each race distance will include wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers; male and female.
The BBQ will be burgers, sides, and watermelon. Participating athletes and volunteers eat for free! Family members and spectators can eat for $5.
There will be a safe area to leave your belongings - including bike racks if you choose to ride one in from a further parking spot.
Parking is extremely limited at the lake. There is one official parking lots - one off of Kent-Kangley road. The boat launch parking lot is closed for construction in June. Parking can be extremely crowded on warm Friday evenings and it might be wise to forego those altogether and head further out. (see parking map)
There is parking on the residential streets further north and at the Soos Creek Trailhead or at Meridian Elementary. PLEASE OBEY ALL NO-PARKING SIGNS. The City of Kent police dept must ticket you if you park in the wrong spot. Keep your eyes open! We suggest bringing your bike and plan to ride in from the neighborhood with your gear in a backpack. There will be a safe location to rack your bike at the venue.
There is limited parking available behind Northwest Tri & Bike also. Please park in a spot away from the building.
Not to spoil anyone’s fun, but there are a few rules.....
1. If you get into some trouble and need help, wave your hand above your head and call for help. A lifeguard, police officer, kayaker, or other water staff will happily help you.
2. You may change your distance or division up until 6 PM at the race site on race day. If you decide to change your distance after that time or mid-race - you’ll be ineligible for awards.
3.The race distance/division you start in is the only distance you’ll receive an official finishing time for. For example, if you sign up for the 2.4 miler and decide to stop after the 1st lap and only swim 1.2 - that’s just fine with us - but you won’t be counted in the results for the 1.2 race. Also - If you begin the race in the wetsuit division and decide to finish the race sans-wetsuit, you won’t receive an official time.
4. All 2.4 mile swimmers must complete their first loop within one hour (by 7:45 PM).
Start: This race has a deep water start. It’s about 50 yards to the start buoy from shore. The starter will direct swimmers when to head out to the start buoy. Swimmers are asked to be at the shore 10-15 minutes before their race begins.The course is Clockwise. The finish will be at the shore. All participants for each distance start together (i.e. wetsuit and non-wetsuit 2.4 mile swimmers start at the same time).
Warm up: You may warm-up before the race in the area between the shore and the start or just to the right of that area. All athletes must cross the start mats prior to entering the water before their race.
Safety: Officers of the City of Kent Police will be on hand in the city’s police boat. There will also be lifeguards and kayakers throughout the swim route. If you need assistance of any kind, please wave an arm and shout - someone will come to you.
Water Temperature:The water temperature at Lake Meridian is in mid to upper 60's in June and moves into low 70's in July and mid 70's in August.
Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers of each distance and each division.
1st place: A whole, freshly baked Apple Pie
2nd place: Special Baked Good
3rd place: Chocolate Chip Cookies