The Minnetonka Challenge is a 5-mile solo and 2- or 3-person 5-mile relay open water swimming competition in Minnesota that is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims. It is held in July that starts on Excelsior Beach and finishes on Wayzata Beach in Lake Minnetonka. Water temperature is about 76ºF (24ºC) with possible weeds, fish, wind, and fishing boats along the coast. It is hosted by Hopkins Masters/ Genesis Aquatics.
It is also part of the Twin Cities Open Water Half Marathon that includes the 1 Mile and 2 Mile @ Lake Harriet in June, the 5-mile Minnetonka Challenge in July, the 5 km @ Lake Rebecca in August, and the 2 Mile and 1 Mile @ Lake Minnetonka in September.
5-mile solo swim and 5-mile relay (2-mile, 2-mile, 1-mile) with three swimmers
Relays can be 2 or 3-person teams. Swimmers will exchange places at Big Island and Spirit Island. Approximate distances are:
- Excelsior to Big Island: 2 miles
- Big Island to Spirit Island: 2 miles
- Spirit Island to Wayzata Beach: 1 mile
All swimmers must be USMS members. The relay age group is based on the total (combined) age of the 3 swimmers.
USMS Open Water Rules
1. In any event for which it has been arranged that an escort craft or paddler will accompany each swimmer throughout the event, all swimmers shall be accompanied by such an escort paddler or craft. If the escort paddler or craft becomes disabled or cannot continue to accompany the swimmer, the swimmer must either stay in the water next to the escort craft until a replacement arrives, or exit the water. 2. If the escort paddler or craft becomes disabled or cannot continue to accompany the swimmer, the swimmer must either stay in the water next to the escort craft until a replacement arrives, or exit the water. 3. If a swimmer’s escort becomes disabled as per article 303.2.1, an escort for another swimmer may assume responsibility for the swimmer with the disabled escort, subject to the following conditions: a. Any one paddler or craft may escort no more than two swimmers. b. The two swimmers must stay within 5 meters of each other. Failure to stay within 5 meters shall result in immediate disqualification of the second swimmer assigned to the escort and the immediate removal of that person from the water. 4. Swimmers shall not be assisted by escort craft as follows: a. Swimmers shall not receive flotation or propulsion from any escort craft nor make intentional contact with any craft. b. Drafting (swimmer swimming directly behind the escort) shall not be permitted when other open water is readily available. c. Escort boats shall not obstruct other swimmers in the race.
Wetsuits and other swimming aids are allowed, but swimmers will not be eligible for awards.
If there is lightning/thunder, damaging winds, etc. in the area prior to the start the event will be delayed or cancelled. If there is inclement weather after the race has started, the race will be cancelled and swimmers/escorts should go to the nearest shore and wait for a safety boat to bring you to the finish in order to account for all participants. In either case, the entry fee will not be returned.
Escort boats must be registered/licensed, non-motorized and able to support paddlers and swimmer. Each escort boat will require a signed exotic species form required by the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District. There will be no canoes provided by the race committee. Swimmers must arrange your own support escort boat.
Name Wayne Mulhern
Event Date: 28 July 2012
Website: Minnesota Masters