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Lake Swim History
Reston Masters Swim Team has held a lake swim every year since 1988. Except for 1997 and 2002, the swim has been held at Lake Audubon in Reston, VA.
The swim series started as the Reston 2-Mile Lake Swim and was swum along a 1/4-mile rope until 1998 when the rope length was changed to 1/2-mile. In 1999, the swim was renamed the Jim McDonnell 2-Mile Swim in honor of Reston Masters' team member Jim McDonnell, who died in 1998 of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Jim was a founding member of the team and was on the meet committee that organized the first swim. Reston Masters has hosted the USMS National Open Water Championships, the first time in 1997 and most recently in 2007.
Proceeds from the swims have been donated to Lymphoma charities. This year's beneficiary will be the Lymphoma Research Foundation.   Donations over the years: 2004, $4000; 2005, $5,500; 2006, $7,000; 2007, $3,000; 2008, $5,000. In 2008, $1,000 was donated to the Naval Special Warfare Foundation's  scholarship fund.
In 2009, donations reached an all-time high of $10,000, distributed to the following charities: Lymphoma Research Foundation, $7,000; Reston Interfaith, $1,000; Naval Special Warfare Foundation, $1,000; Tender Hearts, $1,000.
For 2003, a 1-mile swim was added
to the program and the event was renamed the Jim McDonnell 1- and 2-Mile
Lake Swims. The course was changed from a rope course to the open water
1 mile long course with buoys pictured below. Swimmers go around the buoys
in a counter-clockwise direction staying between the buoys and the shore
-- once for the 1 mile swim, twice for the 2 mile swim.
Directions to Lake Audubon(Map)
From the Capital Beltway:
Online Entry Fees:
Paper Entry Fees:
US Masters Registration
May 23 -- Open Water Clinic
Check-in starts 8:00 a.m.
May 24 -- Open Water RacesSwimmers may change division (wetsuit or non-wetsuit) at starting line.
Warm UpsLake Audubon Pool will be available for warm-up and cool-down
Warm-up on course prior to 1-Mile Swim only
Awards1 and 2-Mile Lake Swims
First through 3rd place in each USMS-defined age group for both wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions.
Water and Weather Conditions
The water temperature should be 66-72 degrees with air temperature in the 80s (please check the local forecast).
Wetsuits can be rented or purchased from Bonzai Sports, a long time sponsor of the lake swim!
Email Lynn Hazlewood, Meet Registrar
Hotels and Campgrounds
Reston/Herndon Area Hotels (5-10 minutes from the lake):
Sheraton Reston (2008 Lake Swim Sponsor)
Reston Campgrounds (5 minutes from the lake)
Contact the webmaster.