Swim Hobbs Island

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Swim Hobbs Island

Sunday, Sep 17, 2017

1 Mile & 2 Mile & 5 Mile Open Water Swim Challenge

 


Overview

The 4th Annual Swim Hobbs Island open water swim through the Tennessee River hosted by the Team Rocket Triathlon Club (TRTC) will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  The 5-mile swim will begin at 8:30 am, and the 1- and 2-mile swim will begin approximately 15 later in waves.

Race Location

Ditto Landing, On the Tennessee River, Just South of Huntsville, AL.  Address is 293 Ditto Landing Road Southeast. (http://dittolanding.org/)

Registration

REGISTRATION OPENS 4/15/17!

Register for the event here.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017

Cap Pickup Time and Location: At the southwest end of the Ditto Landing parking lot near the Tennessee Valley Greenway on Saturday evening, September 16, from 5 to 7 pm and from 6:30 to 7:30 am on Sunday (same location). Shirts are finisher shirts and will be awarded following finishing.

Race Day: Sunday, Sep 17, 2017

6:30 AM – 7:30 AM:  Race Day Packet Pickup. 

7:45 AM: Mandatory Swimmer & Kayaker Safety Meetings (kayaker meeting is at dock, swimmer meeting is at race start)

8:00 AM:  Kayakers for 5 Mile Swim begin entering the water.

8:15 AM:  5 Mile Swim Lineup and Final Check-In

8:25 AM:  5 Mile swimmers enter the water.

8:30 AM:  5 Mile Race Begins

8:35 AM:  2 Mile Swim Lineup and Final Check-In

8:40 AM:  2 Mile Swimmers enter the water.

8:45 AM:  2 Mile Race Begins

8:50 AM:  1 Mile Swim Lineup and Final Check-In

8:55 AM:  1 Mile Swimmers enter the water.

9:00 AM:  1 Mile Race Begins

10 AM – 2:30 PM:  Swimmers, kayakers, spectators, volunteers can enjoy complimentary food/drink

10:30 AM: 1 & 2 Mile Swim Awards

12 PM:  5 Mile Swim Awards

NOTE:  5 Mile Swimmers MUST Complete the Swim in Under 6 hours.  Race Director reserves the right to pull you after that time.

Course Description

5 Mile Swim: Around Hobbs Island

5 Mile Swim: Around Hobbs Island

This is a five mile circumnavigation of Hobbs Island that will start just south of the Ditto Landing Marina along the Tennessee River Greenway. Swimmers will enter the water via ramps on the shoreline and will swim clockwise around Hobbs Island and finish at the same location as the start. Because the first few miles are against the river current, this swim will take longer than a typical 5 mile swim in the pool. Due to the rocky slope and the difficulty in finding a safe water exit location, the swim may end up calculating at approximately 5.25 miles. We figure if we can swim 5 miles, we can swim a few more tenths for a safe exit! 🙂

 5 Mile Swim Rules:

We will follow the English Channel swimming rules.

Kayaks:

ALL FIVE MILE SWIMMERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN KAYAKER TO ACCOMPANY THEM. If you do not have a kayaker, you will not be allowed to swim. This rule is for your safety as the river will be open to boat traffic.  Boats will be unable to see you if you are swimming alone. YOUR KAYAKER WILL NEED TO REGISTER and specify who they are kayaking for.  Your kayaker will receive a race t-shirt and race bag as they are a vital part of this race.  All of this is included in the race fee that the swimmer pays.

 

We have a very limited number of (10) kayaks donated by various members of the local endurance community that can be allotted on a first-come first-serve basis. 

2 Mile Swim Event

This is a two mile out and back that will start just south of the Ditto Landing Marina along the Tennessee River Greenway starting approximately 15 minutes after the 5 mile swim start. Swimmers will enter the water via ramps on the shoreline. Swimmers will swim upstream approximately to the Whitesburg marina and turn around. The finish location will be the same as the start. Because the first mile is against the river current, this swim will take longer than a typical two mile swim in the pool. Please be aware that this is NOT an event for beginner swimmers. You should be able to swim 2.5 miles continuously in a pool before tackling this 2 mile event.

2 Mile Swim Rules:

If you are in the English Channel category, we will follow the English Channel swimming rules, which means no swim suits below the knees or shoulders and no suits that provide any buoyancy. If you are in the wetsuit division, wetsuits are allowed. In either category, no swim speed aids such as paddles or fins, but safety equipment such as NewWave Swim Buoy or Swim-It self-inflating safety vests are allowed. You are allowed to hang onto a kayak for safety, but making forward progress with a kayak will be grounds for disqualification. No touching other people other than incidental contact.

Kayaks:

Kayaks for individual swimmers are not allowed. (see below FAQs).   The swim will have several dozen roving kayakers, SUP, etc that will provide roving support to all swimmers.

1 Mile Swim Event

This is a one mile out and back that will start just south of the Ditto Landing Marina along the Tennessee River Greenway starting approximately 15 minutes after the 2 mile swim start.  Swimmers will enter the water via ramps on the shoreline. Swimmers will proceed upstream to the closest tip of Hobbs Island and turn around. The finish location will be the same as the start. The swim will begin approximately 15 minutes after the 2 mile swim begins.   Because the first half mile is against the river current, this swim will take longer than a typical one mile swim in the pool.   

 1 Mile Swim Rules:

If you are in the English Channel category, we will follow the English Channel swimming rules, which means no swim suits below the knees or shoulders and no suits that provide any buoyancy. If you are in the wetsuit division, wetsuits are allowed. In either category, no swim speed aids such as paddles or fins, but safety equipment such as NewWave Swim Buoy or Swim-It self-inflating safety vests are allowed. You are allowed to hang onto a kayak for safety, but making forward progress with a kayak will be grounds for disqualification. No touching other people other than incidental contact.

Kayaks:

Kayaks for individual swimmers are not allowed (see below FAQs).   The swim will have several dozen roving kayakers, SUP, etc that will provide roving support to all swimmers.

 

Event Strategy

Current: Current can vary wildly due to TVA flow rates from the Guntersville Dam.  Race staff (a sub one hour ironman swimmer), has swum the 5 mile swim twice: once at 20k CFM flow rate, finishing in 2 1/2 hours.   The second time was a 47k flow rate and after swimming for 3 1/2 hours aborted the swim about 1/4 mile from the finish line because he ran out of food.   All efforts will be made to limit the flow rate, but we only have minimal input into this decision.  Be prepared to swim longer than a typical 1, 2 or 5 mile swim in the pool.  Race director reserves the right to pull you from the water after 6 hours

 

Temperature: Water temperatures should be between 75 to 80. No wetsuits are allowed, and none should be needed at these comfortable water temperatures. 

Spectators: If you would like to spectate, please consider being a kayaker.  It will be difficult to see anything other than the start/finish otherwise. You can stand along the edge of the Tennessee Valley Greenway and see for about a half mile up- and downstream in the river.

 

Miscellaneous Info
Awards will be as follows

5 Mile Swim
Top 3 Male Swimmers
Top 3 Female Swimmers

2 Mile Swim
Top 3 Male Swimmers
Top 3 Male Wetsuit Swimmers
Top 3 Female Swimmers
Top 3 Female Wetsuit Swimmers
Top 3 Male Masters (40+ years old)
Top 3 Female Masters (40+ years old)

1 Mile Swim
Top 3 Male Swimmers
Top 3 Male Wetsuit Swimmers
Top 3 Female Swimmers
Top 3 Female Wetsuit Swimmers
Top 3 Male Masters (40+ years old)
Top 3 Female Masters (40+ years old)

Past Results

2014 Results (2014 Race Photos)

2015 2-Mi Results , 5-Mi Results (2015 Race Photos)

2016: 1-Mi Results | 2-Mi Results | 5-Mi Results | Awards | Race Photos

Refunds

Partial refunds of 80% to all swimmers will be issued until 30 days prior to the event. Refunds will be issued by imathlete in the form of a credit that can be used by any TRTC event for a full calendar year. To keep your race organizers and timers sane, categories (wetsuit/non/wetsuit or distance) can be switched only up until Wednesday at noon prior to the event (Wednesday, Sep. 13). You may make this change to swim a distance less than what you registered for, but not to swim in a distance category longer than what you registered for. Thank you for your understanding!

FAQ:
Q: Do I need a personal kayaker if I am swimming the 5 mile event?
A: Yes, absolutely! They also need to register as soon as possible on the active.com registration site (this registration is free for kayak pilots). We have a volunteer who spends a good quantity of time matching 5 mile swimmers to their kayakers using our registration info to ensure that everyone has a kayaker. It will help her not go crazy if you can find a kayaker quickly and have this kayaker register.

Q: Can I have a personal kayaker if I am swimming the 1 or 2 mile event?
A: No. In past years we have tended to allowed this, but as the race has grown, we are opting to change our stance such that we do not encourage kayaks for individual swimmers. This is because individual kayaks may impede the progress of other swimmers or rescue boats, and there is a large flotilla of roving kayakers and rescue boats that provide a high level of roving support to all swimmers.

Q: Can I wear a “speedsuit” or “Roka” shorts?
A: Yes, if you are in the wetsuit category, you may.