View Full Version : Slam the Dam.....Vegas

October 12th, 2012, 10:40 AM
If you are smart, and I know you are, you will mark your calendar for next years "Slam the Dam" on Lake Mead in/near Las Vegas. This years event was held Oct. 6th, and was a complete success. The series of races (8 mile, 2.4 mile and 1.2 mile) are held in Lake Mead with the Beach area completely taken over by swimmers and supporters. The water was warm. 81 degrees but did not feel overyly hot, maybe something to do with the dry heat? but I heard no complaints about the temp, and my daughter is usually the first to notice and have problems (she trains in the Pacific) and she felt fine. The race is set up so that you can swim more than one, in fact the "Grand Slam" is for those doing the 8 mile and 1.2 mile swims, with awards for each and combined. My only complaint is that at times I spent more energy looking around at the mountains, etc and not concentrating on swimming...) The course is well marked, I made every bouy and that is something new for me, plenty of support kayaks, great food and fellowship. See you next year!

October 15th, 2012, 12:28 PM
the venue is wonderful at the Las Vegas swim and I recommend the swim as a destination event.

You must go to Zion National Park.

I am chomping for a swim in culver, indiana though. lake maxinkuckee looks like a wonderful venue too. : ))

Kurt Dickson
October 15th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Well, I thought it was too hot but I am morbidly obese...lots of fast swimmers. Next may they will have the national championship there for ? 10K and I'm betting will be loaded with competition.

October 16th, 2012, 01:56 AM
By the time I learned of this event, it was really too late for me to do anything about it, but I am looking forward to it next year :)!!!

October 16th, 2012, 05:06 PM
I swam the 8k and was in heaven! Loved this race. Great conditions. The water was warmer than I'm used too since I train in our cold Utah mountain reservouirs. 70 degree water is a warm day for me. Race was well planned out, no guess work at all. I would also tell everyone to plan on this race next year. Well worth the 6 hour drive for me.

December 31st, 2012, 12:23 PM
No one mentioned that the race is hosted by two Elvis impersonators for the perfect Vegas touch. Fun event and well organized.