View Full Version : 2011 Search for Monongy; 1.2 & 2.4 mile & White Knuckle Open

May 13th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Allegheny River, North Side Riverfront Park, North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Sponsored by: Allegheny Mountain Masters (AMAM)

Sanctioned by Allegheny Mountain LMSC for USMS
Sanction #111-OW-001

Part of the USMS GLOWS Series

1.2 Mile
2.4 Mile
White Knuckle

COURSE: Leave from the shore, swim cross-current upstream, turn and swim cross-current upstream, turn and swim downstream to finish/start line. Δ

Registration/Check-in: 9:00 9:45 AM
Warm-up: 9:15 9:45 AM
Pre-race briefing: 9:45 AM

Wave 1: 10:00 Men 39 & Under 2.4 mile = green caps
Wave 2: 10:05 Men 40 & Over 2.4 mile = orange caps
Wave 3: 10:10 All Women & 2.4 Mile Relays = yellow caps
Wave 4: 10:15 Men 39 & Under 1.2 mile = red caps
Wave 5: 10:20 Men 39 7 Over 1.2 mile = blue caps
Wave 6: 10:25 All Women 1.2 mile = pink caps
Wave 7: 10:30 White Knuckle 1.2 mile = white caps

ELIGIBILITY: All swimmers must be registered with USMS and be 18 years & over as of Sunday, July 9, 2011 You must submit a copy of your 2011 USMS registration card. Entries without a copy of the 2011 USMS card or a completed registration form will not be accepted. The Search for Monongy event is open to all annually registered USMS swimmers. The registration forms are available by email request kathlongwell@gmail.com or register with USMS electronically at www.usms.org.

ENTRIES & FEES: Online entries are preferred.
Early Bird Entry completed online by midnight on May 31, 2011 = $55
Entries June 1 through midnight on June 28, 2011 = $65
Entries June 29 through 6pm on July 8, 2011 = $85

RULES: Current USMS Rules will govern this race.

TIME LIMIT: The course cut-off time will be 2:20 for the 2.4 mile and 1:10 for the 1.2 mile. Any swimmers on the course after the cut-off will be escorted off the course and will be disqualified.

TIMING: Electronic timing will be used. Each swimmer will wear an electronic timing chip on an ankle bracelet to automatically record their time. Timing chip must be returned or a $30 charge will be assed to the swimmer.

SAFETY: Swimmers unable to complete 1.2 mile in 1hour 10 min. or 2.4 miles in 2 hours 20 mins are advised not to enter. Swimmers still on the course after the time limit will be stopped and listed as DNF in the results. In case of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Entry fee includes a highly visible swim cap that must be worn during the swim and all swimmers must have their race number on their arm. Lifeguard, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards will monitor the race course. Motor boats will be stationed outside of the course to aid in the removal of swimmers and define to the course and local EMTs, river rescue, coast guard will be present.

SWIM CAPS: Entry fee includes a swim cap that must be worn as the top cap for all competitors.

WETSUITS: Wetsuits may be worn however times will be posted in a separate category and are not eligible for USMS records, All-American or All Star consideration. To wear a wetsuit, you must declare it on your entry. Changes may not be made on race day.

WHITE KNUCKLE: The use of fins, snorkels, wetsuits, hand paddles, floaties, etc. will be permitted in this category. The meet director shall have the final say on aides permitted on the course. This is a non-competitive category; all participant finishers will receive completion awards.

AWARDS: Ribbons will be awarded to the top 6 men & women in each age group in each Non-wetsuit category, and to the top 3 men & women in each age group in each Wetsuit Swimmers category. Wetsuit swimmers will not be eligible for USMS rankings.

START & FINISH LOCATION: North Side Riverfront Park, North Shore & Art Rooney Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15212. There are 25 hotel within 3.5 miles of the start/finish line. The park is located on the Allegheny River between PNC Park & Heinz Stadium.

GREAT LAKES OPEN WATER SWIM SERIES: Great Lake Zone Members will earn points for their place finishes in each of the following events, which have been designated as "GLOWS" swims. In order to earn a GLOWS award, you need to participate in at least 2 of these swims. Zone Members will also receive 50 Participation Points for each event they start. Finish points will be awarded according to the USMS Long Distance All-Star Allotment. Other GLOWS events:

Noblesville, IN 25K solo, 15K or 10K relay, July 18th
USMS National Championship, Morse Reservoir
Cleveland, OH 1 2 miles, July 30, Edgewater State Park
Hudson, IL 1.2 & 2.4 miles, August 6th, Evergreen Lake
Holland, MI 1.5 miles, August 13th, Lake Michigan
Prospect, KY .5, 1.2 & 2.4 miles, August 13th, Cardinal Harbor
Madison, WI 1.2 & 2.4 miles, August 20th
USMS National 2.4 miles Championship, Lake Monona

heidi k
May 21st, 2011, 02:40 PM
What is the expected water temperature?

May 26th, 2011, 09:56 PM
Last year was 84 degrees.

See the newspaper coverage from last year: http://postgazette.com/pg/10193/1072155-455.stm

July 8th, 2011, 11:53 AM
What happens if the water or river conditions are unsuitable? (Pun acknowledge, but unintended).

July 8th, 2011, 03:43 PM
According to the RD this swim has been postponed one week. Here's the info:

Due to water conditions on the Allegheny River, the Search for Monongy swim has been postponed.

The Rain Date is July 16th.

Registration has been extended through July 15th at 9:00pm.

Refund requests will be processed on July 19th.

I pledge to make every effort to produce a SAFE, ENJOYABLE & FAIR event for all participants.

There is a 5k swim in Keystone Lake, Derry PA (one hour from Pittsburgh) on July 9th. The RD has some FREE entries available due to the large amount of sponsorship money that has come in for the swim. If you had travel plans to come for this weekend or you'd like to do both swims, please check out the info for the 5k and consider supporting both events. Again, I know the website says different, but if you contact the RD Darren Miller he may be able to allow you to swim for no entry fee.

http://www.givetochildrens.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=207&cid=1&ceid=129&cerid=0&cdt=7%2F9%2F2011 (http://www.givetochildrens.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=207&cid=1&ceid=129&cerid=0&cdt=7%2F9%2F2011)

July 16th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Event Results are posted here:


July 17th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Thanks for doing this event. Although we had to wait a week due to weather, the day was perfect. Sunny but no nearly as hot as last year. Can I put an order in for that kind a day for next year. What a fun way to view the city. Water was warm and seemed cleaner than last year even. In some ways, I hope the event grows, but in other ways, I love the smaller low key events.

Thanks again.