The swim takes place in Lake Hartwell is one of the southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes.The swim is a large arc. You will start the swim leaving from the southern beach area of the park, swimming in a counter clockwise direction around the park’s peninsula, and exiting the lake at the boat launch area on the north shore.
Anderson, SC is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Hartwell in an area commonly known as “The Upstate”. Anderson is within a two hour drive of two major metropolitan areas – Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. Lake Hartwell, the location for the swims is one of the largest and most popular recreation lakes in the southeast, and is home to a number of state parks, public campgrounds, boat ramps and marinas.
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.
Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council.
The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.
Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than
5 millimeters shall be disqualified.