Open water swimming is strictly prohibited in Lake Arrowhead unless organized by Racine MultiSports.

2020 Practice Swims:
LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS for each swim date. Register quickly as we expect to sell out due to registration numbers at this point.

Sunday, May 10th, 10:00am-11:30am  CANCELED

Sunday, July 12th, 10:00am-11: 30 am

Saturday, July 25th, 9:00am-10:30 am, This is in conjunction with the Official Luray Triathlon Open Water Swim and Transition Clinic

Saturday, September 5th, 10:00am-11:30am

Lake Arrowhead (host of Luray Triathlon)

Lake Arrowhead Park
265 Lake Arrowhead Drive
Luray, VA 22835

$20.00 online* (new this year, if you are registering online you will have to pay online at the time of registration. Price includes all fees)
$30.00 onsite (payment can be credit card, cash, or check. Small credit card fee will apply)


We are very pleased to offer this opportunity to all Racine MultiSports and Luray Triathlon followers.  Racine MultiSports has exclusive rights to use the lake at Lake Arrowhead for these swims.

Caution: These swims are at your own risk.  We do not provide emergency medical support during these practice swims. You must use your own judgement on what you can handle with respect to water conditions and your ability to swim in open water. There is lifeguard support (1 per 50 swimmers).

New Open Water Swimmers: We invite new open water swimmers to practice with us.  We require that you are comfortable swimming laps in a pool before trying open water swimming. We will require you to wear a flotation device (New Wave Swim Buoy) so that we can see you. It will also give you flotation to hang on to any time you might need it.  The buoy does not alter your swimming but floats behind you providing visibility and safety. The lake has a shallow section that you can practice in before heading out to deeper water.  We thank our friends at New Wave Swim Buoy for providing us with the New Wave Swim Buoys.

New Wave Swim Buoy is a Trusted Companion for Open Water Swimmers.
It provides: – Visibility in Open Water – Safe Place to Float and Rest – Storage for Personal Items

To Purchase your own:

Use Amazon promo code “LurayTri” at checkout for 10% on any New Wave Swim Buoy on Amazon ( simply search for “New Wave Swim Buoy” on SEVEN amazon markets:, Amazon.CA, Amazon.DE, UK, SP, FR, IT). The same promo code “LurayTri” will apply on our US-based estore including swag (swim cap, phone pouch, towels, visors, keychains).

Water Conditions:  The water in Lake Arrowhead is clean and is usually free of underwater vegetation.  The lake is treated throughout the year to keep vegetation to a minimum.  Water temperatures will vary and once the water temp is over 65 degrees wetsuits will not be required.

Purpose:  These swims are designed to give newer to advanced swimmers an open water venue to practice swimming.  We will not provide coaching at these practices yet feel free to bring your coach.

Benefits:  Test a new wetsuit, swim with other people without lap lanes, sight buoys and turns, measure your speed, and get comfortable in open water.

Course:  The swim course changes based on the number of confirmed swimmers.  Course will be an out and back loop, either 150 meters or 300 meters around, swimming in a counter-clockwise direction.  The olympic distance swim is either 10 laps of the 150 course or 5 laps of the 300 lap course.

-Swim course length varies depending on number of swimmers
-Turn buoys to practice sighting
-Kayaker with flotation aide (no emergency medical)
-Water for hydration
-Restrooms will be available
-Water time will be 1.5 hours

-Only Racine MultiSports can organize the swims
-Swim caps must be worn for safety (visibility)
-Must sign a waiver upon arriving (if you did not register on-line)
-Do not enter the water until authorized

-Register ahead of time to confirm your spot
-Park in designated area near the water
-Arrive at the lake at least 30 minutes prior to swim time

Ken:   301-991-0461