Come and experience open-water swimming in a race setting but without the pressure of a race. Whether you’re training for your first triathlon and working on getting comfortable outside of the swimming pool or you’re preparing for your 10th Iron-distance race, you will find this non-competitive open-water practice swim to be extremely helpful in your training.
We will have quarter-mile and half-mile courses set up for you. If you wish to swim more than a half mile, you may do multiple laps. A time clock will be running during the swim for you to check your splits and pace. The course will be open for 1.5 hours. Swim for as long or as little as you’d like!
Saturday, June 16: Our Open-Water Practice Swim will be held from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the Portage Lake unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area.
Your registration fee includes an Epic swim cap and post-event snacks.
8:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration open
9:30 AM — Open-Water Practice Swim starts
10:00 AM — Post-Event Festivities begin
11:00 AM — Open-Water Practice Swim ends
11:30 AM — Post-Event Festivities end
WIN one of five 30-minute swim analysis sessions from Tweak at this year’s Epic Open-Water Practice Swim!
Tweak is also giving all participants 50% off of one 15 or 30-minute swim analysis at their Birmingham or Canton location!
Use code: EPICSUMMER when you sign up for your swim analysis.
Our friends from the Red Star Board Company will be on hand with their stand-up paddleboards for participants to try out on the lake.
The Epic Open-Water Practice Swim is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. As per USAT rules, if the water temperature is between 78.1 and 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
Need a wetsuit? Check out these special offers for our Epic triathlon participants!
Our friends from Aquaman Wetsuits will be at the Open Water Practice Swim with wetsuits for participants to try and buy. Registered practice-swim participants will receive 30% off their Aquaman Wetsuit purchase!
The Epic Open-Water Practice Swim is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). Participants who do not have an annual USAT membership will need to purchase a one-day USAT license for $15. The USAT fee for youth 17 and under is $10 and is good for one year.
Every member of the Epic Lifeguard Team has American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification in addition to basic American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification. This means that our guards have all taken and passed an additional course in which they received training in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas. Our superbly trained lifeguards are yet another reason our races are so Epic! Our lifeguards are also able to keep our swimmers safe thanks to our official SUP company, Red Star Board Company. We’re very grateful to have Red Star as part of Epic team.
The Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area is located at 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240. For personalized directions, click here. A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Waterloo Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase either a daily permit or an annual Motor Vehicle Permit.
For current pricing and more information about the Recreation Passport, click here.