may, 2020

2020sat30may10:00 amEpic Open Water Practice Swim400m • 750m • Multiple loops10:00 am EST Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd Grass Lake, MI 49240Event Type :SwimRegister now!Volunteer now!

Event Details

Practice Swim • 400m • 750m • Multiple loops


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 Irondistance race, you will find this non-competitive open water practice swim to be extremely helpful in your training.

We will have 400m and 750m swim courses set up for you. Swim around once or do multiple loops. The course will be open for 1.5 hours. Swim for as long or as little as you’d like! A time clock will be running during the swim for you to check your splits and pace. Our Epic Waterfront Certified Lifeguard Staff will be on the water to support you.

Your registration fee includes an Epic swim cap, and post-event snacks.


Please note that race day registration is $40 CASH ONLY. Please bring exact change.

>> The Swag

SWAG… aka… What you get:

Each participant will receive:

  • An Epic swim cap
  • The best post-swim snacks around


>> Water Safety

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.


>> Wetsuit Rule/Rental

USAT Rule 4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

Special wetsuit rental offer for Island Lake Tri participants:

wetsuit rental discount

>> Parking/Recreation Passport

Parking will be available in the Waterloo State Recreation Area. Please be sure you have a current Recreation Passport.  Vehicles without Recreation Passports will be issued notices to pay the fee.  For details and pricing for both in state and out of state Recreation Passports CLICK HERE.

OWPS Parking/Map Image


10:00 a.m. Epic Open Water Practice Swim starts

10:30 a.m. Post-Event Festivities begin

11:30 a.m. Epic Open Water Practice Swim ends

Noon: Post-Event Festivities end

  • FAQs:

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by the Epic Open Water Practice Swim. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions. Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

What happens if it is raining on race morning?

All Epic Races will be held rain or shine.

Where do I park for the event?

Plenty of parking will be available at Big Portage Lake!

I can no longer participate. How do I get a refund?

We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please visit this link to fill out a claim. You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Police Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)


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