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    Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Major Correction:
    This is no longer a USMS-sponsored swim.
    Kingdom Swim will go on as planned, under the aegis of WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association). There will be a 10-mile WOWSA championship swim. Edited March 3, 2013



    Kingdom Swim takes place on Saturday, July 6, Lake Memphremagog, northern VT. 1-, 3-, 6-, and 10-mile courses for adults; youth get a 1/4- mile swim in addition:
    www.kingdomswim.org

    The 10-mile course offers both a championship wave (for those vying for the USMS OW champioship) and a non-championship wave.

    A qualifying swim is available at 2-, 4-, and 6-mile distances for those who need it.

    New this year is a phat week of swimming multiple lakes in August, called Swim the Kingdom:
    http://www.kingdomswim.org/NEKOWSA.php

    NEKOWSA (Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association) is putting this lovely, woodsy area on the map as a destination for swimming in the Northeast.
    Last edited by ViveBene; March 3rd, 2013 at 01:34 PM. Reason: Big change

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    How far is that from the north shore of Boston?

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    The location is Newport, VT:
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...l=1#post276570

    Try 4-5 hours.

    A recent email from the meet director indicated the championship 10-mile swim was already half-subscribed (50 spots remain). The non-championship 10-mile swim is wide open.
    Registration closes June 1 for all courses.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene View Post
    The location is Newport, VT:

    Try 4-5 hours.
    Probably closer to 4.

    It is three hours from the dollar rent a car exit at the Manchester airport to the hardware store in newport with the ice cream shop in front.

    That store has an excellent supply of rope which you can use to tie your water bottles together, at good prices.

    And the soft serve cones at the ice cream store are huge.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Yes! Wonderful ice cream shop. I've forgotten the name, something interesting.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by magick17 View Post
    How far is that from the north shore of Boston?
    I have made this drive from west of Boston many times. From the north shore it will take you no more than 4 hours with a pit stop. If you go at a good clip without stopping it will be closer to 3:40.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin in MD View Post

    And the soft serve cones at the ice cream store are huge.
    In VT that style of ice cream is called a creemee. If you ask for a soft serve they will know you are from "away".

    I'm back in the 10 miler this year.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim B. View Post
    If you ask for a soft serve they will know you are from "away".

    I'm back in the 10 miler this year.
    It doesn't take long for people to peg me as "different" no matter where I am! Next time I go there, I'll pay attention to see what people call it when they order, they only have soft serve so people might just call it a cone or cup, but I'll be on the lookout.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin in MD View Post
    It doesn't take long for people to peg me as "different" no matter where I am! Next time I go there, I'll pay attention to see what people call it when they order, they only have soft serve so people might just call it a cone or cup, but I'll be on the lookout.
    Nope, here in Vermont, it is a creamee. Soft-serve everywhere else. Creamee here. The best ones are the maple ones made with real maple. (I might be biased.)

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Just get real ice cream; Vermont has real cows.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    I'm about 90% committed to signing up for the 10-mile Championship swim. I've seen the lodging listings on the web site, any recommendations for someone traveling solo?

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    I've stayed at the Newport City Motel (as have many other swimmers). It's basic, not fancy, inexpensive, close to swimming venue.
    Others have stayed in B&Bs.
    Jay Peak is a bit far from the main activities; I stayed there one year when I was too late to get a room at Newport City Motel.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    I would avoidthe Newport City Motel like the plague. It is not well run. It does sell outearly for that weekend. I would recommend the Super8 which is less than a mileaway from the lake up 105 back toward 91. If you like camping, you can camp atIROC for next to nothing. IROC is just behind the Super8. Or camp at the ProutyBeach camp ground. It is right at the event site, but it is mostly RV campers.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Major Change:

    Kingdom Swim is no longer a USMS-sponsored swim (the details appear on the Marathon Swimmers site and have been emailed to participants). The swim will go on as planned, under the aegis of WOWSA, World Open Water Swimming Association. There will be a 10-mile WOWSA championship wave.
    (Posted March 3, 2013)

    I suggest those interested in swimming this swim, the Swim the Kingdom series, or any of the other, many swims planned by NEKOWSA (Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association) this summer hie to Marathon Swimmers (you don't need to be a marathon swimmer, just have a special interest in OW).

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Swim bag packed, feeds lined up. Now heading off for a great adventure in Memphremagog tomorrow!
    ..<))><

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    How was it?

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ViveBene View Post
    How was it?
    It was pretty similar to last year. Overcast at the start changing to partly cloudy and then sunny as the day wore on.

    Also like last year, there was a westerly wind that gained strength as the day went on meaning that on the return trip down the east side of the lake there were some waves and a few white caps out there.

    Nothing really big but enough to make you wish you knew how to breathe to the left (if you can't).

    There were two young guys who put it in some spanking times. One guy was 3:38 (race record I think) and another was 3:43 I think.

    I personally was ten minutes faster than last year and was pretty happy about that.

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    Re: Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, VT, 2013

    Another great swim! I felt as though the waves lasted a bit longer than last year, so I was spent heading into the finish.
    ..<))><

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