Monster Challenge

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The Monster Challenge consistes of all 5 open water swimming races averaging 3 miles per day for 5 consecutive days at the Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge in Austin, Texas.

The Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge is a 5-day open water swimming stage race held in 5 separate lakes near Austin. The race is traditionally held in mid-October and consists of the Monster Challenge, a one-mile Mini-Challenge and single-stage swims. It is hosted and organized by the American Swimming Association under the direction of Dr. Keith Bell and Sandy Neilson-Bell.

It was named one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.


Stage 1 on Day 1 is in Lake Buchanan
Stage 2 on Day 2 is in Inks Lake
Stage 3 on Day 3 is in Lake LBJ
Stage 4 on Day 4 is in Lake Marble Falls
Stage 5 on Day 5 is in Lake Travis

Each day's stage race begins at 9:00 am. No wetsuits are allowed. The water temperature is between 25.5-26.6°C (78-80°F).

The Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge also offers a 3-stage Weekend Warrior option. Instead of the 5-stage Monster Challenge, swimmers can participate in the last three stages.

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