Race Preview: 2014 Swim Across Suttle

Suttle Lake

As I am nearing my triathlon next month, I have to get some open water swims in. There are a lot of solid ones out there in the Greater Portland areas, but I am looking for something I haven’t tried before. The Swim Across Suttle, put on by Sister’s Multi-Sport, is hitting this Central Oregon lake on Sunday, August 24th.

Suttle Lake is that big, beautiful lake you pass by on your way to Bend from Salem. The event kics off at 8am and will start at the Suttle Lake boat launch, It will allow paticipants to get in a small, relatively non-competitive swim, yet still get the experience down with sharing the water with a group of people. The 1.3 mile swim will have great kayak support as well as be near the shore to ease the anxiety that can come with open water swims (I know that was a big shock when I did my first Tri last year).

Check out the course map here. Last year’s event saw 41 finishers in 19 different groups. They had categories not only for ages, but also for wetsuits. Apparantly the temperature at this time of year is 68-72 degrees, so it could be warm enough for those wanting a free swim (the video below shows plenty of people sans wetsuits).

Please keep in mind that there is minimal parkinge at the Suttle Lake boat landing.  Since the majority of the parking is at the day use area at the finish of the race, it is recommended that you get there early to drop off your car and walk to the start or bring a friend to do the transporting for you. Anything you take to the start can be delivered back to the finish by race staff. The race is capped at 100 so register soon.


Swim Across Suttle (Suttle Lake)

When: 8a
Where: Suttle Lake Boat Launch (nearest to Highway 20)
Register: Online here; $20

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (609) and wineries (148) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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