The Association recognizes three marathon swim courses on Lake Tahoe – the Length (21.3-miles), True Width (12-miles), and the Vikingsholm (10.6-miles). Each course can be swum as a solo, tandem, or relay.
“We are expecting another busy season with swimmers coming from all over the United States and as far as India, England, and Australia,” said Ranie Pearce, Board member and member of the Swim Applications Committee.
2019 fees for solo swims range from $395.00 for the Vikingsholm and True Width swims to $450.00 for the Length. Tandem and Relay fees are slightly higher. Applications submitted after May 31, 2019 will be subject to late fees. Swim ratification fees provide stipends for observers and support the nonprofit’s day-to-day expenses for operations, legal, accounting, and liability insurance for all Lake Tahoe and Northern California Open Water Swimming Association sanctioned swims.
Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Range, Lake Tahoe is a stunning location for marathon swims. Covering 191 square miles at 6,225 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe is North America’s largest alpine lake and the second deepest at 1,645 feet. Altitude and freshwater challenge many of the swimmers.
The Lake Tahoe Open Water Swimming Association operates under the Northern California Open Water Swimming Association, a California Public Benefit Corporation and 501(c)(3) nonprofit.