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2020 OPEN WATER VIRTUAL GRAND SLAM

The 2020 OPEN WATER VIRTUAL GRAND SLAM is a summer-long, 4-race open water competition where participants swim and submit their times in the four competitive triathlon distances. 

STAGE

SPRINT

OLYMPIC

HALF

FULL

Finish Date

EXTENDED TO JUNE 14TH!!!

June 30th, 2020

July 31st, 2020

August 31st, 2020

OW Distance

800M

1500M

1.93K

3.86K

Each stage is scored individually, AND there is a cumulative result of combined times at the completion of all four distances. There are categories for wetsuit, non-wetsuit, AND BOTH (for eight total swims).

GRAND SLAM rankings will be updated weekly and posted here (GRAND SLAM STANDINGS & ANNOUNCEMENTS) and Meet Mobile. Certificates of accomplishment, compete with event rankings, will be e-mailed out at the end of each stage, and awards will be presented for those swimming all four events to complete the GRAND SLAM.

Pictures of the swimming holes around the world are displayed here: GRAND SLAM PICTURES.

RULES

  1. Swims should be safe AND must be open for swimming by local authorities. Please adhere to local social distancing guidelines.

  2. Swimmers submit times via e-mail according to the established deadlines: Coach@FlowSwimmers.com (Mark Johnston).  Click here for TIME SUBMISSION INFORMATION.

  3. Submitted times must be tracked via the open water setting of GPS-enabled wearable (Garmin, Apple, Fitbit, etc.). In addition to the date, time, duration, distance, and map-track, a PICTURE of each swim is encouraged (potentially for social media and general publishing). Where necessary, “over-distances” will be adjusted by 100M averages to fit the relevant stage:  16-minutes, 1600M swim = adjusted 15-minute time for a 1500M distance.

     

     

  4. Times from official events may be submitted (without GPS tracking).

  5. Each distance may be submitted TWICE allowing for time improvements based upon conditions, improved fitness, etc.

  6. Category I and Category II swimwear are encouraged and scored separately. Tow floats and non-speed enhancing items are allowed in either category. Fins, hand paddles, for example, are NOT allowed. Swimmers may participate in BOTH categories for a total of eight swims.

  7. To account for currents, swims held in flowing water (rivers, tides, etc.) must be swum 50% against the current and 50% with the current. Reach out to the event host for clarification.

  8. Please note the Frequently Asked Questions page:  FAQs, linked here.

ELIGIBILITY

ALL Swimmers are encouraged to participate.

 

AGE GROUPS

Age for the 2020 OPEN WATER VIRTUAL GRAND SLAM is determined as of Dec. 31, 2020: Under 18, 18–24, 25–29, 30–34, 35–39 … (five-year increments as needed).

 

TIME SUBMISSION

Please submit times via e-mail to the event director:  Mark Johnston (Coach@FlowSwimmers.com). Submitted times must be tracked via the open water setting of GPS-enabled wearable (Garmin, Apple, Fitbit, etc.). In addition to the date, time, duration, distance, and map-track, a PICTURE of each swim is encouraged (potentially for social media and general publishing). See pictures above for an example.  Click here for TIME SUBMISSION INFORMATION.

 

Where necessary, “over-distances” will be adjusted by 100M averages to fit the relevant stage:  16-minutes, 1600M swim = adjusted 15-minute time for a 1500M distance.

 

RESULTS/STANDINGS

Grand Slam rankings will be updated weekly and posted online at www.FlowSwimmers.com and on Meet Mobile.

 

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Certificates of accomplishment, compete with event rankings, will be e-mailed at the end of each event and awards will be presented to those swimming all four events to complete their GRAND SLAM. (Awards to be determined by overall participation).

 

There will also be a few random prizes raffled off during the summer.  THANKS TO BLUESEVENTY for its sponsorship of the event!

 

 

FEES & DEADLINES

$15 entry for the ENTIRE event wetsuit, non-wetsuit, or BOTH!

 

Entries are accepted at any time. However, to be considered for Stage rankings, swimmers must be registered during that particular stage. Late entries will be considered for cumulative GRAND SLAM results, and “missed” distances should be submitted for Grand Slam participation.

 

REGISTRATION (click below)

FLOW Swimmers :: Flathead Lake Open Water Swimmers, Polson, MT 59860 :: 406-298-FLOW (3569) :: Coach@FlowSwimmers.com