Stepping into the water just before the start of the event, I was greeted by a sandy and slightly muddy bottom. The water was refreshing but pleasant, not uncomfortable at all…When the countdown was over I put my head down and tried to get into my rhythm; with only 55 people in the water it was definitely not overcrowded and I only made contact with two other swimmers at the start. Large yellow buoys marking the direct path and small orange buoys marking the shoreline and fallen trees that jutted out were more than adequate in keeping me on course along the way…The post-race featured a bunch of Great Harvest treats – from bread to cookies and everything in between, and featured coolers of water and some coffee or hot chocolate for the taking.
This event comes highly recommended by Run Oregon. In fact, all Sisters Multi Sport events that Run Oregon has participated in have been solid. It makes for a great training swim, complete with great scenery, atmosphere, and top-notch support. You can’t ask for much better then that!
Check out the course map of the 1.3 mile distance. Last year’s event saw 54 finishers in 24 different groups – not only for ages, but also for wetsuits vs. no wetsuits. You really never know what the weather is going to be like, but last year’s event started off chilly before the sun quickly warmed things up.