The Pacific Northwest is starting to become a real hotbed for GSS open water swimmers!  There is a good chance that you will start to see swimmers from this region move up in the Global Rankings in the new season coming.  (the new GSS season starts May 1, 2019!)

This region of the US and Canada now joins other strong pockets of open water swimming around the world.  Just last week France added 10 races to bring their total to 12, not to mention the other races in area, like the ones in Austria, the Netherlands or Italy.

Of course, there are other strong areas in the GSS too, like: Australia (9), New Zealand (12), Ireland (10), Northern Ireland (8) and Canada (14), but the Pacific Northwest is working its way up with all of these races:

  1. Aly Fell Open Water Swim – Bellingham, Washington
  2. Fat Salmon Swim – Seattle, Washington
  3. Swim Defiance – Tacoma, Washington
  4. Kitsilano Challenge – Vancouver, British Colombia
  5. Canada Day Challenge – Vancouver, British Colombia
  6. Bay Challenge – Vancouver, British Colombia
  7. Skaha Lake Ultra Swim – Pentiction, British Colombia
  8. Change Your Latitude – Sitka, Alaska

As for the race itself, the Aly Fell Open Water Swim is a dual sanctioned (USMS & USA Swimming) event in beautiful Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA. Swimmers can choose from four distances: 800m, 2.5K, 5K or 10K, in both wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions.

The course is a closed 1.25K rectangle, on a non-gasoline lake and the water temperature is expected to be between 64F – 69F.

Lake Padden in the crown jewel of a 160 acre park with 2.3 miles of shoreline and 5 miles of well maintained trails winding through established Douglas Fir and Western Cedar. Whether swimming competitive or as a recreational event, stay the entire day and enjoy all the lake has to offer.

The Aly Fell Open Water swim is named after a local 15-year old swimmer who died in a car accident in 2009, while on a team trip. She had just completed in her first open water swim at Lake Padden, just days prior. Standing just 5’2″, she was the first female to cross the finish line, earning her the nickname Felly Fierce.

Now is the time to start planning your open water race schedule for the summer, wherever you are!  And you can start with the Aly Fell Open Water Swim on August 24, 2019!