What: A 2000 meter open water race and pledge swim right down the center of Austin. The only downhill swimming race in Texas. One of the only times swimming is allowed in Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy the flora and fauna as you wait for the start.
Where: Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas. Start: Red Bud Isle / Finish: Texas Rowing Center dock.
When: Sunday, April 28, 2019. Race Starts: 10:30am. Race ends: 11:30am.
Why: For fun, health & fitness, to promote clean water & water conservation, to promote open water swimming, and to raise money for Swim Lessons for those less fortunate and to fight Prostate Cancer through support, education, awareness & advocacy.
Timeline: Check-in is between 8:45-9:30 a.m. with a mandatory briefing at 9:40 a.m. – both at Red Bud Isle. The swim starts a bit downstream of Red Bud at 10:30 a.m. sharp, finishing at the Texas Rowing Center dock. Your clothes will be transported to the finish. All swimmers will receive a race cap, shirt, mug, and a picnic lunch at Eiler’s Park, which is next to Deep Eddy Pool and just a short walk from the finish. Be sure to join us for awards at the post-race ceremonies.
Packet Pickup: will be held at SwimFreak swim shop on Friday, April 26th or Saturday, April 27th. SwimFreak swim shop is located in the Brodie Oaks Center at 4032 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 500. Austin, TX 78704. Please note: all swimmers are required to check-in at Packet Pickup. There will be no packet pickup at the event. If you are traveling a distance greater than 30 miles outside of Austin, please contact Race Coordinator: Sandy Neilson (512) 327-0955.
Friday, April 26 @ 11:00a to 6:00p —and— Saturday, April 27 @ 11:00a to 3:00p.
Spectator Info: View the entire swim, start to finish, from the MoPac Pedestrian Bridge or other spots along the lake —OR— enjoy the race cruise on the Capital Cruises double-decker electric boat.
Divisions: Men / Women / Youth / Wetsuit / High School / First Responder
Awards: Cap 2k distinctive award given to top 3 in each division, overall h.s. team award, 1st finisher name engraved on perpetual trophy, no awards in wetsuit category.
Age determination: For youth and masters divisions a swimmer’s age as of April 28, 2019 will determine age group.
Eligibility: Open to adult swimmers 18 and older, Youth 12-14, High School.
Sanctioned by: American Swimming Association #OW19-0428
2019 American Swimming Association Membership: Register with ASA and enjoy "discounted event fees" on 8 event days in 2019: Cap 2k, Deep Eddy Mile, Lake Travis Relay, Highland Lakes Challenge (5 days) in 2019. Registration is $25 for the calendar year. You may register with your online entry. ASA is separate from other bodies such as: USA Swimming, USMS, USTA, etc.
Safety: Safety is our prime consideration. While there is not a qualifying standard for this event, you should have previously completed a mile swim in 40 minutes or faster. You should be healthy and in reasonably fit swimming shape. The Cap 2k is not the time to test your open water swimming skills. If you have any doubts about your ability to complete the swim in under an hour, you should not participate. There will be a 1-hour hard deadline for the swim after which swimmers will be pulled in order to clear the course.
Rules: 2019 ASA Open Water rules and regulations will govern this event. No drafting. No fins, snorkels, heart monitors, wrist watches, or artificial aids permitted. (1) regulation suit, cap (event cap), and goggles only. No cameras or any other items (other than suit, cap, and goggles) permitted with or on your person.
- Suit Rule: A swimmer may wear only one suit. Swim suits shall not cover a man's body higher than the top of the pelvic bone or the belly button and shall not cover any part of the body below the top of the knee. Swim suits shall not cover a woman's body outside the shoulder-joints or above the shoulder-line and shall not cover the any part of the body below mid-thigh. The material of suits may consist only of cotton, lycra, nylon, polyester, and spandex. Any swimmer wishing to compete in a suit constructed of other materials must apply to ASA for permission in writing. ~ ~ If you have any questions about the suit rule please contact: Dr. Keith Bell, Race Director at 512-327-2260.
The Cap 2k provides participants: Opportunity to swim in Lady Bird Lake (a body of water where swimming is not usually allowed), t-shirt, swim cap, lunch from local vendors, lifeguards, emergency support, insurance, participant packet, priority purchase on additional race shirts, loads of swimming fun, & more.
Post-race Picnic & Awards: Celebrate with post-race finishers at the after-race picnic held at Eiler's Park, (next to Deep Eddy Pool). Take the hike & bike path west for a few minute warm-down walk and you'll reach the park where food & swimming friends await you. Participants will be served lunch (included in entry fee) from local favorites: Maudie's Tex-Mex, ThunderCloud Subs, and Jim-Jim's Water-Ice.
T-Shirts: Participant T-shirt included with on-time entries. Please designate your t-shirt size. Additional t-shirts may be pre-ordered on the entry form. Late entrants are not guaranteed a t-shirt.
Cap 2k Cruise for friends, family, coaches and fans: Available through online registration page. The 2019 Cap 2k Cruise provides a unique glimpse of the race. Your friends, family, and fans can view the race and see an incredible variety of flora and fauna from Lady Bird Lake from the Capital Cruises' Doubledecker Boat. The cruise is: $15 for adults & $10 for ages 4-11. (3&u free with Adult) Space is limited. Tickets are available via registration link, must be prepaid and are available on a first-come basis.
Guest Lunch Tickets: guest lunch tickets available via online registration link.
ENTRY DEADLINES & FEES: Reduced fees on all 2019 ASA Events for ASA Members. Last-minute registrants not guaranteed a shirt.
- "Early-Bird" rec'd by 11:59p Sat. 3/23 — Fee $109 / ASA Member Discounted Fee $94
- "On-Time" rec'd Sun. 3/24 through Wed. 4/10 — Fee $125 / ASA Member Discounted Fee $109
- Last-minute" rec'd Thur. 4/11 through Race Day (if avail) — Fee $140
Water temperature: 69-72 degrees anticipated. While this is an average temperature range for open-water swimming (and within a good temperature range for an open water race), if you are not used to water this cold, it is highly recommended that you prepare for the water conditions with regular swims in similar or colder water. (Barton Springs is usually approximately 68-70 degrees. Deep Eddy is usually 68-72 degrees.)
For Race Information contact: Dr. Keith Bell, Race Director • 512-327-2260 | Sandy Neilson, Coordinator • 512-327-0955 | info@Cap 2k.com