Steamboat Springs resident Scott Weir competes in the one-mile open-water swim race in the summer at Bald Eagle Lake. The inaugural Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series begins Monday.

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Steamboat Springs resident Scott Weir competes in the one-mile open-water swim race in the summer at Bald Eagle Lake. The inaugural Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series begins Monday.

Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series starts Monday

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Open Water Swim Series schedule

Race dates: Monday, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30

To sign up: On-site registration is from 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Races begin at 6 p.m. at Bald Eagle Lake east of Steamboat on U.S. Highway 40.

Cost: $25 preregistration or $30 on the day of. Four races cost $90, and five cost $100. To preregister, visit www.steamboathotsprings.org to download a registration and liability form. People also can register at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk.

How to help

Volunteers are needed to monitor Open Water Swim Series participants in kayaks. Swimmers who volunteer for one race can compete in another for free. For more information, email Jill Ruppel at aquatics@sshra.or...

— The inaugural Bald Eagle Lake Open Water Swim Series makes its first splash Monday.

The series features half-mile and one-mile swims every Monday in July at Bald Eagle Lake just east of Steamboat Springs.

The cost to swim is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. Swimmers also can pay $90 for four races or $100 for all five. Preregistration is available at the front desk of Old Town Hot Springs.

“It’s for any swimmers who want to get practice in open water,” said Jill Ruppel, the series director and aquatics director at Old Town Hot Springs. “A lot of people like to just swim in open water.”

The series is set up with the four fastest swims out of five added together to get the lowest cumulative time for men and women in the half-mile and mile distances. Series champs will receive prizes from Honey Stinger.

Each week’s top two men and top two women will be awarded yellow Honey Stinger swim caps. Each week’s winners get to pick where they start during the next race. SmartWool is donating prizes for post-race raffles.

Day-of registration goes from 5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Swimmers can warm up starting at 5:30 p.m. The events begin with a mass start at 6 p.m.

“It’s also for our triathlon community,” Ruppel said, “so they can get used to the wetsuit and black water in a fun environment.”

Use of the private Bald Eagle Lake is being donated by Native Excavating owner Ed MacArthur. People are asked to leave their dogs at home.

The water temperature has fluctuated between 65 and 75 degrees. Ruppel recommended wetsuits but said they aren’t required.

Ruppel still is looking for volunteers to monitor the swimmers in kayaks. Swimmers who volunteer for one race can compete in another race for free. For more information, email Ruppel at aquatics@sshra.org.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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