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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ralph Mohr Survives, Doing It All In Cascade Lakes

71-year-old Ralph Mohr has done it all.

As did 40 other swimmers.

At one of America's greatest celebration of open water swimming, the Cascade Lakes Swim Series in Elk Lake in Oregon, there are special competitions for the most fit and most enthusiastic athletes. In addition to offering 5 races (0.5 km, 1 km, 1.5 km, 3 km, 5 km) over a 3-day weekend, the Cascade Lakes Swim Series, participants may enter any or all of the five swims in the clear mountain lake at 4,900 feet (1,500 m) above sea level.

The Series tests the navigational IQ and competitive tactics of the swimmers in a variety of ways: the 0.5 km races are individual time trial on an out-and-back course; the 1 km swim is along an irregular course following the shoreline; 1.5 km and 3 km swims are on a triangular course; the 5 km swim includes three loops of a diamond and triangular course.

The Series also tests the competitive mettle and endurance of the participants in a unique way. It includes a Short Series (500m, 1000m, and 1500m races), a Long Series (1500m, 3000m, and 5000m races), and a Survivor Series (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m races). Each swimmer may enter one distance series only and must complete all the races in order to be eligible for the Series awards. For awards, points will be based on finish order in each race with a wetsuit deduction when applicable.

The wetsuit deduction is dependent on the water temperature If the water temperature is below 68ºF, there is no adjustment or penalty in the Oregon Open Water Series for wearing Category II swimwear (includes wetsuits or non-confirming swimsuits). There is also no penalty for Category II swimwear in any swim in the 5-swim Survivor Series. However, there is a time adjustment of 10% to account for the Category II speed advantage in the Short Series and Long Series scoring.

The Survivor Series is where Ralph Mohr not only survived, but thrived. As did the 40 other swimmers who completed the Survivor Series.

The official Survivor Series results from the August event in central Oregon:

Female Age Group 30-34 - Lindsay Ergenekan
Female 35-39 - Anicia Criscione
Female 40-44 - Shannon R Singer
Female 45-49 - Kim Young
Female 50-54 - Ann R Goodman
Female 55-59 - Paula J Moores
Female 60-64 - Jill M Wright
Male 30-34 - Aaron M Rodriguez
Male 35-39 - James E Dahl
Male 40-44 - Christian F Tujo
Male 45-49 - Shaun Orchard
Male 50-54 - Eric D Steinhauff
Male 55-59 - Walter R Carter
Male 60-64 - Robert B Richardson
Male 70-74 - Ralph Mohr

The Long Series Winners by Age Group

Female 25-29 - Emily Schmitt
Female 30-34 - Amy E Johnson
Female 35-39 - Shannon Keegan
Female 40-44 - Kathy Farrell Guizar
Female 45-49 - Wendy K VanDeSompele
Female 50-54 - Ann R Goodman
Female 55-59 - Paula J Moores
Female 60-64 - Jill M Wright
Male 30-34 - Aaron M Rodriguez
Male 35-39 - Todd Lantry
Male 40-44 - Can (Jon) Ergenekan
Male 45-49 - Rob Higley
Male 50-54 - Mike W Carr
Male 55-59 - Keith C Dow
Male 60-64 - William J Penn
Male 65-69 - Daniel R Gray
Male 70-74 - Ralph Mohr

For complete results, visit here.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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