Swim Fest Luray

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Date: Saturday, June 17, 2023  • 8:00am
Location: Lake Arrowhead, Luray, VA
Type: Open water swim competition
Distance: 750 Meters, 1500 Meters, and/or 2250 Meters
Contact: Race Director, Ken Racine Ken@RacineMultiSports.com 301-991-0461
Status:  Registration opening at noon on November 1st

Athlete Guide
Participant Tracking

Welcome to the official site of the 8th Annual Swim Fest Luray, presented by Racine MultiSports.

Description: Swim Fest Luray is a Swim Competition that offers three race distances. Modeled after the popular Swim Fest Fort Ritchie this swim competition features a fun and competitive open water swimming opportunity. You can combine distances as they will not overlap. You will be eligible for podium awards for each race you enter. Combining all three races will total 4,500 meters (2.8 miles). For those training for a Half Ironman, you can enter the 2,250 which is 1.4 miles. For those training for a Full Ironman you can enter the 1,500 and 2,250 for 2.33 miles or all three for 2.8 miles.

Race Limit: 500 participants

Giving: Swim Fest Luray will help support Page Alliance For Community Action (PACA). PACA is a youth substance misuse prevention coalition that helps provide programming and education awareness around the dangers of youth substance abuse in the community.

What do you get for your entry?

  • Well organized and professional event, of course!
  • Finisher’s medal and bragging rights! (One medal per person, not per event. You will be given a different ribbon on your medal displaying the number of events you completed. See swag below.)
  • Free Race Photos.
  • Race T-Shirt (Only one per person no matter how many races entered)
  • Option to upgrade to a custom embroidered beach towel*
  • Swag Bag of goodies
  • Custom Awards – Top 3 awards overall and age group
  • Timing chip results with results kiosk
  • Logo swim cap
  • Food and drinks plus music on race day
  • Sports drink and water before and after event
  • Meeting other athletes and establishing new friends!!!

*Beach towels: These luxury, velour, extra large 35″ x 70″ towels, are custom embroidered in full color with the Swim Fest design. There are a variety of colors to choose from.


Swim Course: The swim course will be in Lake Arrowhead and will be a 750 meter course.

750 meter race: complete one lap
1500 meter race: complete two laps
2250 meter race: complete three laps

Participants will not get out of the water in between laps as in years past. Participants will get out of the water after their swim and finish on land. See course map for more details.

Start: The first race will be the 750 meter event.  The second race is the 1500 meter swim.  The third and final swim will be 2250 meters. Each race will begin as scheduled, however swimmers who have not completed their event before the next race begins will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water.  This will be an in water start, wave format.  You can combine events!  You are eligible for awards for each individual event you compete in but will only get one swag bag.  All three events combined is a total of 4,500 meters (2.8 miles). Each race will be allowed a 10 minute warm up near the start area.

Waves: New for 2023, swim waves will be based on your estimated 100 meter swim time (4 lengths of a 25 meter pool). The faster swimmers will be seated in wave 1, next fastest in wave 2, and so one. Total number of waves will be based on total participants. We will limit each wave to 50 swimmers. For reference, the World record for 100 meters is just under 45 seconds, with the average swimmer being about 2 minutes. You will be asked for this time when registering. The range of responses is limited to 45 seconds up to 3 minutes. You will be able to update your time up until we are inside 10 days from the event.

Timing: This event will be professionally chip timed!  We will be providing race day results at our results kiosk immediately after you finish your race.  We will also provide a web link to results that you can share with your family and friends so they can follow your race on their web devices.

Course Support: We will have water at the finish line. We will also have food items at the finish line for volunteers and participants only.

Lake Royer Water Temperature on day of Race

2021: 78º
2018: 75º
2017: 70º
2016: 74º

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This race is not sanctioned by USAT, so there are NO additional sanction charges for this race.

Pricing includes cotton/poly blend race t-shirt, custom swim cap, custom finisher medal, food, and free race photos.

Pricing Tier Date Range Single Race Two Races* Three Races*
Early Registration Nov 1 – Dec 31 $40.00 $55.00 $70.00
Tier 1 Registration Jan 1 – Feb 15 $45.00 $60.00 $75.00
Tier 2 Registration Feb 16 – Mar 31 $50.00 $65.00 $80.00
Tier 3 Registration April 1 – June 10 $55.00 $70.00 $85.00
Final Registration June 11 – Race Day $60.00 $75.00 $90.00

*Adding a second or third race will not increase your swag items. Only one swag bag with race shirt will be given no matter the number or races entered.

Refund Policy: Racine MultiSports does not offer refunds for this race, however race insurance is available for purchase during registration.

If you are unable to race and did not buy insurance you can cancel your registration and receive a coupon to use towards another Racine MultiSports race within 12 months of your race date.  The coupon value is determined below. The cancellation offer will expire when we are 10 days out from the race or closer. Contact us at shannon@racinemultisports.com to initiate this process.

Coupon rules:

  1. Races not sold out, you will receive a 75% coupon credit up to 10 days prior to the event.
  2. Races sold out or within 10 days of the event, there is no coupon offer for cancellations.
  3. The coupon value will be deducted from the fee you are paying for a future race. You will owe any balance due over the coupon value. (example: if the race is $75.00 and your coupon value is $50.00 then you will need to cover the $25.00 difference).
  4. This policy only only applies to the race entry fee,  not USAT or registration processing fees.


Race Site:
Lake Arrowhead
265 Lake Arrowhead Rd Luray, VA 22835


6:30am to 7:30am: Packet pickup – 750 Meter Race
6:30am to 8:00am: Packet pickup – 1500 Meter Race
6:30am to 9:00am: Packet pickup – 2250 Meter Race
7:30am: Pre-race meeting
7:45am: 750 warm up
8:00am: 750 Meter Race begins
8:45am: 1500 warm up
9:00am: 1500 Meter Race begins
9:45am: 2250 warm up
10:00am: 2250 Meter Race begins
11:00am: Awards ceremony (this is approximate)


The award categories are the same for each event: 750 Meter, 1500 Meter and 2250 Meter.

Overall Male and Female (3 deep)
Age Groups: 16 and under, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,  70+  (3 deep)

Age based on your age as of race day.

Participants doing the combined swims are eligible for awards for each individual event they swim.

Awards will be handed out at the awards ceremony following the race.  No award will be mailed automatically.  For a fee of $20, we will mail your award upon your request.

Event Rules: All must wear the provided swim cap with bib # written on the cap.  Wetsuits will be allowed if water temps are below 78.1 degrees. Typical water temp in June ranges from low 70’s to upper 70’s.  Fins are not permitted.  Athletes that do not complete the course must visit race officials at the finish line to check in and return their timing chip. If you do not complete your event before the next race starts you will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water.

Swag: Here is the 2023 Swag.

Optional Embroidered Beach Towel – $15 upgrade instead of t-shirt, $30 to purchase in addition to t-shirt

Size of Towel


FREE Photos – Our Gift to You!

Racine MultiSports would like to show our appreciation to our loyal fans by providing you with free race photos!  That’s right…FREE!

We will be providing you with all the digital photos taken by Hypnotic Imagery at our events.  You will be able to view, download and share your race photos by visiting the link provided below.

Please realize that with this offer we cannot ensure to capture you in each phase of the race. Additionally we will not be able to separate your photos by bib number.  You will have to scroll through the race photos to find your photos.  But we feel that is a way better deal than having to pay for race photos.

2022 Photos
Past Years Photos


2022 Results
Past Years Results

Course Record Holders:

750 Meter
Male: James Goodwillie 9:33
Female: Olivia Heeb-Wade 10:05

1550 Meter
Male: Steven Benecki 19:46
Female: Emme Heilbrun 20:30

2250 Meter
Male: Justin Chiles 28:09
Female: Olivia Heeb-Wade 31:58


For Full Highlights Video CLICK HERE


Luray and Page County, the ‘Cabin Capital of Virginia’, offers a variety of lodging options. including several motels and hotels. Be pampered in a charming Bed & Breakfast or in an elegantly restored grand inn, relax in a private cabin or stay at a campground in the mountains or on the river.

CAMPING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT LAKE ARROWHEAD. For up-to-date lodging information and other lodging options, please contact the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce: 540-743-3915 or 540-743-4530. Don’t forget to mention that you are participating in Swim Fest Luray!




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