Mackie Equipment Distance Swim

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December 7th, 2019

Join the RMC on December 7th, 2019 for an epic long course swim event! This is not a race. There are no winners and no prizes. This is an endurance swim test to see how fast, or how far, you can push yourself.


Registration categories are 750m, 1900m, 3800m, and 5000m. The price for this event is $25 and includes a recorded finish time, commemorative ornament, and light snacks and beverages. Finish times will be posted on event site.

Sprint - 750m swim

  • New to triathlon or still working on your swim confidence? Set a fall goal to complete this 750m continuous swim. Swimming long course is fun and helps the laps go by twice as fast.

  • This event is intended for swimmers who estimate it will take at least 20 minutes to complete 750m.

  • Swimmers in this event are welcome to extend their goal to 1000m if time allows.

Endurance - 1900m/3800m/5000m swim

  • Test your speed, endurance, or both.

  • Athletes will be seeded based on estimated paces (ie: swimmers estimating average pace of 1:55/100m are grouped regardless of event).

  • Lane ropes may be removed as lanes empty to facilitate pool turn over.

  • There is a 2 hour cut off time – the pool must be taken down and turned over to public swimming lessons before 9:00am. For athletes still swimming, distance will be recorded at 2 hours.


Registration will open on October 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM. All participants are required to be insured by Triathlon Saskatchewan (STAC), whether that is an annual membership or race day membership.

  • When: Saturday, December 7, 2019

  • Where: Lawson Aquatic Centre

  • Distances: 

    • Sprint - 750M (1:50/100m or slower)

    • Endurance - 1900M/3800M/5000M

  • Cost: $25.00

  • Event Coordinator: Erin Kiefer

Swim start: 6:40 am, all athletes must exit the pool at 8:40 am

We encourage all swimmers to stay until all athletes have finished! Have some snacks and then cheer from the hot tub! We will also need helping removing lane ropes and moving the bulkheads quickly around 8:40am.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Questions and Answers

Questions + Answers


1) What’s up with these weird distances?

  • We picked these distances based on notable triathlon swim distances - and 5000m because it’s a popular swim challenge distance!

    • Sprint Distance – 750m

    • Half Ironman or “70.3” Distance – 1900m

    • Ironman or Ultra Distance Triathlon – 3800m

    • Generally considered the half marathon of swimming - 5000m


2) How do I calculate my estimated finish time?


3) Can I change my pace estimate?

  • Yes, the more accurate the paces the better organized the swim.  A call will be put out for updated swim times around November 29.  No changes will be accepted after December 4th and absolutely no order changes will be made on the day of the event.


4) I would like to do 5000m but it will take me longer than 2 hours. Can I start early/swim longer?

  • Sorry, no.  Train hard, try your best, and see how far you get in 2 hours.   Swimming 5000m in 2 hours is a challenging pace! For athletes who don’t complete 5000m in 2 hours, your 3800m split time will be recorded, along with the distance you completed in 2 hours.


5) Can I use flippers, pull buoy, kick board, snorkel, etc.?

  • Sorry, no.  Just plain old swimming.


6) Can I use strokes other than front crawl?

  • Yes, but please be cautious of your surroundings and courteous to your lane mates.  Avoid backstroke unless you are good at it.  If you are being a menace to your lane mates the lap counters will stop your swim.


7) Are flip turns allowed?

  • Yes, but please use common sense.  Most triathletes do not practice swimming using flip turns.  Let your lane mates know you will be using flip turns and be cautious of your surroundings.

  • Flip turns will not be allowed for the 750m event.


8) Is drafting allowed?

  • Yes, but again, be courteous to your lane mates.


9) Why does this event start in the middle of the night (after my Christmas party!)?

  • Sorry, the other options started at 9pm, and we all know that triathletes aren’t leaving the house after 8pm.  This is a great reason to not over eat and over drink at the office Christmas party.


10) You started late, my recorded time was two seconds slower than on my Garmin, someone skipped a lap, my lane mates were too slow, etc…

  • This is a low-stakes event being organized for fun.  Please keep the spirit of this event at the forefront and enjoy yourself despite whatever challenges the day brings.   This is good mental practice for the days when the results count.