Mountain Swim Series Announces Race Dates

The organizers of Mountain Swim Series are really excited for a 2021 race season! “The State of Colorado has provided guidance for outdoor events this summer, and we expect to host all four of our open water swims this summer!”​

The 2021 Mountain Swim Series dates are on the books, check them out below, and registration opens on the first week of February. You will get an email letting you know that registration is open! But first, a couple of quick notes:

There is NO have race-day registration this year, and we will have to close registration 1-week in advance of all races. Please sign up early if you
want to swim!!

“We have an exciting line-up of swims and are including additional race options, a 500 YD swim at the Solstice Sunset Swim AND Chatfield Classic. This distance will be a great opportunity for new open water swimmers, new triathletes, and KIDS! All kids who participates in this race will be receiving a finisher prize!”

The dates for the swim series are as follows:

Solstice Sunset Swim – Longmont, End of June, not yet confirmed:
This event includes a 1.2 mi, 2.4 mi, and the NEW 500 YD swims!

Carter Lake – Saturday July 17th, 2021: 
An out and back 3-mile swim, similar to 2020, in beautiful Northern Colorado.

Chatfield Classic – Sunday August 15th, 2021: 
Limited to 200 participants, sign up in while there is still space!  
This event includes a 500 yd, 1 mile and 2 mile swim!

The Castle 2.5K/5K/10K – In Bailey, Saturday August 28th, 2021: 
This is the highest altitude organized marathon swim event in the country! We will have the camping option again on Friday night – which you’ll find through the swim registration site. Camping is $40 for a 4 person site and will decrease your morning day of drive

Registration information and updates for the year can be found at https://mountainswimseries.com/

VOLUNTEERS!
We always need volunteers! If a significant other, friend, child (16 and over) is coming with you, we would love them to volunteer with us! If you are trying to decide to do one of the swims or new to open water swimming, volunteering is also a great opportunity! We couldn’t do this without our volunteers! In 2020, we will be continuing the tradition of giving our volunteers a free race entry after a volunteer shift!

To volunteer, sign up here:
https://mountainswimseries.com/volunteer-signup

Castle 5k/10k Open Water Swim

Wellington Lake, Bailey

 

The Castle 5K/10K is a swim in its fourth year, but its first with the Mountain Swim Series.  This event is the highest altitude organized marathon swim event in the country at ~8,000 feet.  It is hosted at Wellington Lake, near Conifer in Colorado.  Both 5K and 10K swims are available.

Event details and registration here

 

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

The Cliff Backyard Ultra

Wellington Lake, Bailey

 

The Cliff Backyard Ultra is a unique individually supported stage-style marathon swimming competition.  This swim offers a challenging swimming opportunity for long-distance swimmers.  In this event, swimmers have the chance to test their swimming strength by completing a 1.5 Mile loop each hour, on the hour, until they no longer desire to continue.  The last swimmer to complete a lap earns the title of “Last to Fail.”

Racing will begin Saturday, August 17, at precisely 6:59 am. Swimmers will complete a 1.5 mile loop on triangle race course, every hour. Racing will continue every hour until no swimmer completes a loop. There will be one award for the Last To Fail. To be the “Last to Fail” you must complete one more loop than the second-to-last to fail.

For 2019, we have a cap at 30 participants.

Event details and registration here

 

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

The Cliff Backyard Ultra

Wellington Lake, Bailey

 

The Cliff Backyard Ultra is a unique individually supported stage-style marathon swimming competition.  This swim offers a challenging swimming opportunity for long-distance swimmers.  In this event, swimmers have the chance to test their swimming strength by completing a 1.5 Mile loop each hour, on the hour, until they no longer desire to continue.  The last swimmer to complete a lap earns the title of “Last to Fail.”

Racing will begin Saturday, August 17, at precisely 6:59 am. Swimmers will complete a 1.5 mile loop on triangle race course, every hour. Racing will continue every hour until no swimmer completes a loop. There will be one award for the Last To Fail. To be the “Last to Fail” you must complete one more loop than the second-to-last to fail.

For 2019, we have a cap at 30 participants.

Event details and registration here

 

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

Chtafield Lake Classic

Chatfield Reservoir, Littleton

 

The Chatfield Classic will consist of a 1 mile swim followed by a 2 mile swim.  In between the two races, there will be a short break to allow people to warm up, warm down and rest.  Particpants who have not swam at the Chatfield gravel pond in the past should be aware that there is a gravel bar in the middle of the lake.  The gravel bar can create some shallow and slightly technical swimming, and also adds some race character.

Participants may sign up for either the 1 mile swim, 2 mile swim or both.  It will be the last event of the year for the Swim Series and overall series winners will be announced at this event.  It is also a good training swim for the Horsetooth Open Water Swims, which will be held on Sept. 8, 2019 approximately 1 month later.(http://www.horsetoothswim.com/).  We hope to see you in the water!!!

 

Event details and registration here

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

Carter Lake Crossing

Carter Lake, Loveland

 

The Carter Lake Crossing is a point to point crossing of Carter Lake in Colorado.  Situated at just below 5800 feet, this nearly 3 mile swim is located in one of the most picturesque lakes in Colorado.    Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race.  Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race

 

Event details and registration here

 

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

 

Solstice Swim

Longmont

 

The Solstice Sunset Swim is a swim originally created in cooperation with the Longmont Kinetics Festival.

Participants have the opportunity to swim either a 1.2 mile race or a 2.4 mile race.  Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race.  Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race.  Hope to see you in the water!

 

Event details and registration here

Mountain Swim Series Events :

June 22: Solstice Swim, Union Reservoir, Longmont

July 20: Carter Lake Crossing, Carter Lake, Loveland

August 11: Chatfield Lake Classic, Littleton

August 17: The Cliff Backyard Ultra, Bailey

August 18: Castle 5k/10k, Bailey

 

Chatfield Lake Classic OWS

 

Littleton

 

The Chatfield Classic will consist of a 1 mile swim followed by a 2 mile swim. In between the two races, there will be a short break to allow people to warm up, warm down and rest. Participants who have not swam at the Chatfield gravel pond in the past should be aware that there is a gravel bar in the middle of the lake. The gravel bar can create some shallow and slightly technical swimming, and also adds some race character.

Participants may sign up for either the 1 mile swim, 2 mile swim or both. It will be the last event for the year for the Swim Series and overall series winners will be announced at this event. It is also a good training swim for the Horsetooth Open Water Swims, which will be held on Sept. 8, 2019 approximately 1 month later. We hope to see you in the water!!!

Race day registration – Cash or Personal Check only. Must bring valid I.D. for check in.

 

Event details and registration here

Solstice Sunset OWS

Union Reservoir

 

The Solstice Sunset Swim is a swim originally created in cooperation with the Longmont Kinetics Festival. Participants have the opportunity to swim either a 1.2 mile race or a 2.4 mile race. Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division for each race. Divisions will be both non-wetsuit and wetsuit for both men and women for each race. Hope to see you in the water!

 

Race day registration – Cash or Personal Check only. Must bring valid I.D. for check in.

 

Even details and registration here

Weekend Preview: Get out and Swim

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 18th

BAM Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

Join BAM for the second Bare Bones Open Water Swims on Saturday August 18th. These events are held in the scenic Boulder reservoir surrounded by mountains and open space. Boulder’s altitude is 5430 feet so if you are coming from out of town do keep that in mind.

One, Two and Three Mile options

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Online Registration Closes Friday August 17th at 7pm

Registration here


Leadville 100 Trail Run

Leadville


Sunday August 19th

Chatfield Classic OWS

Littleton

Join us for our last event of the season.  One and Two mile swim options.

This is a good training swim for the Horsetooth Open Water Swims, which will be held on Sept. 8, 2018.

Race day registration available.  CASH or CHECK only



Cycling Events

Thursday August 16th

 

Colorado Classic – Stage 1, Circuit race through the town of Vail

Vail


Women’s Only MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


BVV Thursday Night Racing

Erie


Friday August 17th

 

Rocky Mountain Race Series – Purgatory

Durango


Colorado Classic – Stage 2, Time trial up Vail Pass

Vail


Velorama Festival

Denver


Saturday August 18th

 

Prestige Imports Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo

Snowmass


Colorado CF Cycle for Life

Longmont


Colorado Trail Classic

Durango


EPIC Singletrack Series: King of the Rockies

Winter Park


Mayors Ride at Velorama

Denver


Rocky Mountain Race Series – Purgatory

Durango


Colorado Classic – Stage 3, Out-and-back starting in Velorama Festival in RiNo then to Lookout Mountain, Golden and back to RiNo for finish

Denver


Velorama Festival

Denver


Sunday August 19th

 

Rocky Mountain Race Series – Purgatory

Durango


Colorado Classic – Stage 4, Downtown city circuit with start/finish and criterium in Velorama

Denver


Velorama Festival

Denver