Official Luray Triathlon Open Water Swim and Transition Clinic

Location: Lake Arrowhead Park, Luray, VA

Date: TBD

Registration: Registration will open once we determine the date for the swim.

Geared toward triathletes of all levels, the Official Luray Triathlon Open Water Swim and Transition Clinic, located at the race venue, is designed to help you prepare for the Luray International and Sprint Triathlons as well as other short course triathlons with open water swims.

The clinic includes a lifeguard supervised open water practice swim and clinic in pristine Lake Arrowhead; a review of the race site and transition area; plus a chance to ask our team of coaches any questions that you have about the event.  You are welcome to bike and run the race course on your own as well after the clinic.

Presented by, Race Director Ken Racine and Professional Triathlete John Kenny, will be there to talk briefly about open water swimming and give tips for success. Most of all the practice is an opportunity for YOU as the athlete to get in open water in a safe, lifeguarded, stress free, non-competitive environment that will bolster your confidence come race morning. The course will be marked with buoys and you are welcome to swim multiple laps of the course within the allotted time frame. Please note that this is not an individual stroke clinic but you can register for optional stroke clinic later that afternoon.

For the transition portion of the clinic, there will be a review of the transition area and flow from swim to bike to run to finish.

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About the Official Luray Triathlon Open Water Swim Clinic

Schedule of Events:

8:00-8:30 AMCheck in and welcome at park shelter
8:30-9:00 AMOpen water swim discussion at shelter
9:00-10:30 AMOpen water swim practice in the lake
10:30-11:00 AMTransition overview and clinic at shelter
1:00-5:00 PMOptional Stroke Analysis


  • Price is $30 through June 30th (no additional registration fee)*
  • Price is $35 beginning July 1st (no additional registration fee)*

* Because this is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, there is a +$12 fee if you are not a USAT member for USAT 1-day license.

What to Bring: Swimming gear, towel, goggles.  Water temperature expected to be in mid 70’s to low 80’s. Wetsuits are permitted.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Racine MultiSports has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer discount codes for those canceling during our cancellation period.

A discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 14 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 14 days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

Discount codes can be used to register for another Racine MultiSports event and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

Special Thanks: A very special thanks to the Town of Luray for allowing us to conduct this event at Lake Arrowhead.

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NEW FOR 2015

For those looking for personalized swim stroke analysis, John Kenny will be providing a professional stroke analysis with video taken of your swim stroke. This portion of the clinic is optional and is offered in the afternoon. Details below.

Purpose: The Video Stroke Analysis Clinic will provide visual aid and feedback to help swimmers and triathletes improve upon their swim technique. Seeing stroke flaws on video is a great way to understand stroke mechanics and how to swim faster and more efficiently.

Approach: Each participant will be filmed from multiple angles underwater and above water. Participants can expect both time in the water and time viewing video with John Kenny on deck. Each athlete will receive a copy of their video, along with verbal and written feedback to take home. One swim stroke will be analyzed per time slot.

Coach: John Kenny, Professional Triathlete and a USAT certified coach. Competed in the 2014 Luray Triathlon Double and will be returning in 2015. Visit his Bio.

Date: Saturday, July 25 – following the Swim and Transition Clinic

Times: Participants will select a time between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm.

Cost: $50 per person in addition to the Open Water Swim Clinic (No Additional Registration Fee).

Location: TBD, plan is to use a swimming pool near the lake


About John Kenny

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John Kenny, Pro-athlete & USAT certified coach

John came from a competitive swimming and running background. He was a Pennsylvania state champion in high school swimming and all-district in cross country. John went on to run for one year in college, but continued to swim for all 4 years at Cornell University. At Cornell, John was a 4-time hardest worker and a 1-time MVP of the swim team.

During his college days and beyond, John found his niche in the sport of open water swimming. Aside from working for 10 years on the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, making numerous rescues, and winning numerous lifeguard races, he also had amazing success at the National and International levels. John was a 5-time US National champion in distances ranging from 10K up to 25K. He was a 7-time National team member and has competed at a wide variety of races including Nationals, Olympic trials, Pan Ams, Pan Pacs, World Cups, and World Championships. He has represented the USA in the 25K at World Championships. John also has been competing at local open water races for more than 25 years. He competed in the 2014 Luray Triathlon Double and will be returning in 2015.

From short races to marathons, flat lake swims to rough ocean or turbulent river swims, John Kenny is the most experienced open water swimmer in the United States.

John Kenny is currently a professional Triathlete and a USAT certified coach.

For more information on John Kenny please see his Bio.