The 3rd Annual Swim Fest Luray, presented by Racine MultiSports, took place Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Lake Arrowhead. Set in the scenic Shenandoah Valley near the friendly town of Luray, Virginia, this event has quickly become a favorite and reached record numbers this year with 384 swimmers. The weather was beautiful and there was a nice water temperature of 75º. It was wetsuit legal giving swimmers the choice to wear what they felt most comfortable in.
There were three races to choose from. A 750 meter distance, a 1500 meter distance, and a 2250 meter distance. Participants could race in just one race, two races, or all three races. Those who raced in all three races earned a spot in the 4500 club. 750 meter + 1500 meters + 2250 meters = 4500 Club! There were 68 swimmers this year who earned the honor and completed the 4500 meters. Each of those swimmers earned a custom personalized digital 4500 club badge.
This event was professionally chip timed, by Racine Timing, providing immediate results following each race. Lucas Elder of Alexandria, VA and Olivia Heeb-Wade of Stauton, VA both took first place in the 750 meter as well as the 1500 meter. Elder won first place in the men’s 750 meter swim with a time of 10:29 and first place in the men’s 1500 meter swim with a time of 21:50. Heeb-Wade won first place in the women’s 750 meter swim with a time of 10:37 and first place in the 1500 meter swim with a time of 22:30. For the 2250 meter swim Justin Chiles, of Washington, D.C., won first place in the men’s race with a time of 33:53. Olivia Heeb-Wade again won first place in the 2250 women’s race with a time of 35:51, sweeping all 3 races.
Awards were given out to the top 3 overall male and female winners and to the top 3 male and female winners of each age group. They were all awarded a custom pilsner glass.
All race finishers received a custom finisher medal that included a built-in bottle opener.
All participants were given a custom race shirt with the option to upgrade to a custom embroidered luxury beach towel or purchase the beach towel in addition to the free race shirt.
As with all Racine MultiSports events, participants were provided free race photos. Photos taken be Vince Warrick are available online to view, download, share and print. Click Here for photos.
Ken Racine, owner of Racine MultiSports said, “I am very pleased with this event. We want to thank all the athletes, volunteers, crew, and sponsors who make this event a success year after year”.