South Shore Open Water Swim returns to Lake Tahoe for second edition |

South Shore Open Water Swim returns to Lake Tahoe for second edition

Anthony Gentile
Swimmers come ashore during the inaugural South Shore Open Water Swim in 2015. Big Blue Adventure’s event returns for a second edition Saturday, Oct. 8.
Courtesy Harry Lefrak / Lefrak Photography |

South Shore Open Water Swim

Lakeside Beach, Stateline

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 8 a.m.

Half-mile, 1.2-mile, 2.4-mile courses

Registration $59-85


Swimmers will hit the open water on the South Shore this weekend to cap Big Blue Adventure’s summer slate. The South Shore Open Water Swim returns for a second edition Saturday, Oct. 8, heading into Lake Tahoe and back from Stateline’s Lakeside Beach.

“It’s a swim that takes place close to all the action,” said Bryan Rickards, Big Blue Adventure’s director of operations. “You’re really close to where the casinos and Heavenly Village are, so when people are done with the swim they can walk back up and grab brunch.”

Saturday’s event is the fourth and final installment of the Sierra Open Water Swim Series, and is the only one of the four held on the South Shore. The following day, the inaugural Great Trail Race from Tahoe City to Truckee will conclude Big Blue Adventure’s 2016 season.

“There’s been growth with almost every event we put on,” Rickards said. “We’re really happy with 2016, it’s been pretty awesome.”

Sixty swimmers are currently signed up for the race, which begins 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The event is broken up into three courses — half-mile, 1.2 miles and 2.4 miles — and the longer two distances span both sides of the California-Nevada border.

“The cool thing about the course is that you swim in two states,” Rickards said. “For the two longer distances, you cross into Nevada and comeback and finish in California.”

Less than a week removed from light snow at lake level, Saturday’s forecast calls for warm temperatures and calm conditions — ideal for an early fall swim. Signups will still be accepted on the day of the event, ranging from $59-85 depending on distance and age.

“It’s going to be a great day to get out for a swim,” Rickards said. “The water temperature will still be pretty moderate for Lake Tahoe standards.”

Those not interested in taking on Tahoe can watch the swim from the start/finish line at Lakeside Beach, with awards scheduled for 10:30 a.m. They can also head out on a kayak or paddleboard to get a closer look at the action.

Big Blue Adventure’s 2017 schedule kicks off with the Squaw Valley Half Marathon on June 11. For more information, visit

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