Swim Safely: Attend the Jim McDonnell Lake Swims & Open Water Clinic, Lake Audubon, Reston, Virginia

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Safe swimming is happy swimming !The Reston Masters Swim Team is holding their annual 1 and 2 mile lake swim races and open water clinic May 23-24, 2009. All events will take place at Lake Audubon in Reston, Virginia, the same body of water where the sold-out Reston Triathlon is contested. The Reston Masters have hosted the USMS National Open Water Championships, in 1997 and 2007. Proceeds from the swims benefit the Lymphoma Foundation of America.

The Jim McDonnell 1- and 2-Mile Lake Swims follow an open water 1 mile long course with buoys. Swimmers go around the buoys in a counter-clockwise direction staying between the buoys and the shore (twice for the 2 mile swim).

Many multisport athletes use it to train for upcoming triathlons & the Chesapeake Bay Swim in June. The open water swim clinic will be held Sat., 5/23, while 1 and 2 mile races will be on Sunday. There will b wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions. Wetsuits can be rented from long time sponsor Bonzai Sports. For those new to open water swimming (AKA “newbies” like the wee fellow on my lap to the left !), this is an excellent chance to get acquainted with the unique demands of endurance water sport. Plus, the clinic promotes safety and there are experienced instructors to answer questions and give advice. Lastly, you want to avoid any “illegal swimming,” as written about by TriathlonTrialLawyer Doug Landau in prior posts.

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