We are excited to announce that another fantastic Canadian race is joining the GSS family! 2019 will welcome the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Penticton, British Columbia.

On August 11, 2019 swimmers will participate in the incredible 11.8 km ultra swim. This ultra swim is a point to point race in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Starting in Penticton, swimmers head south on the eastern side of the lake. Around the 5 km mark swimmers pass Barbury Point and head towards Ponderosa Point at the 8 km mark where the lake narrows. After this, swimmers continue past the Skaha Estates and head towards the finish at Okanagan Falls.

The conditions are generally agreeable in the fresh water Skaha Lake. The average water temperature in August is around 23 degrees Celsius or 74 degrees Fahrenheit, making this a pleasant swim with or without a wetsuit.

The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim is a solo only event however all swimmers must be accompanied by a kayak or SUP escort in case of emergency and to carry additional nutrition. For all the relevant information for swimmers and paddlers, check out the event’s Athlete and Paddler Manual here. All swimmers are encouraged to use a swim buddy device as well but this is not a mandatory item.

With a paddler required for every swimmer the maximum number of athletes is limited to 100. Incredibly, the 2019 race is already sold out and was sold out within 6 days of the registration opening. A wait-list has been created in case of any cancellations so if you are interested, don’t wait, put your name down for an opportunity to race in the amazing Skaha Lake Ultra Swim. With the stunning views, enjoyable lake temperature and generally great conditions you can understand why this race is a sell-out.

If you’re intrigued and interested to learn more then check the FAQ section here, add your name to the wait-list and get ready for 2020.

For more information about the race in general and how to register check out the GSS race page here.


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