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July 22nd, 2023
Sylvan Lake Park (Sylvan Lake, AB)

The Sylvan Lake Open Water Swim (SLOWS) is presented by RnR Premier Events. Sylvan Lake is the ideal place for an open water swim event and a weekend away in a beach destination town with plenty for family and friends to do as well.  


Falling at the perfect time of year for triathletes to allow those athletes wanting to practice their 2km race pace the week before Calgary 70.3 or Ironman Canada athletes completing the 4km distance a month before their race.

We hope we will see you there!

Rose and Richelle 

What you get:

  • a plush SLOWS swim towel

  • a SLOWS silicone swim cap 

  • a finisher's medal

  • post-race drinks and snacks  

Race Entry Fees:

Register before March 31st (end of day) = $65

Register between April 1st - June 30th (end of day) = $75

Register between July 1st - July 15th (end of day) = $85

Register between July 16th - July 21st (end of day) = $100

The not so fine print: 

  • please read refund/transfer policy

  • you must be 14 years or older (as of race day) to register

    • please note: this is regardless of athletic talent, experience or swim ability

Refund Policy:

No refunds, transfers, medical comps or deferrals under any circumstances. Once we receive and accept your entry fee, you will not receive a refund for any reason.

Transfer Policy:

While you are unable to transfer your registration to another participant, you may transfer to another distance at package pickup.

Rollover Policy:

You may roll over your registration to our 2024 event BEFORE July 1st, 2023.

Race Details

Sylvan Lake is a town in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 25 kilometers west of the City of Red Deer along Highway 11 or Highway 11A. It is situated on the southeast edge of Sylvan Lake, a 15-kilometre-long freshwater lake, in Red Deer County.

It is just over a 90-minute drive from Calgary to Sylvan Lake, and about an hour and 45 minutes from Edmonton.

The race starts and ends from Sylvan Lake Park (beside the beach volleyball courts).

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The Sylvan Lake Open Water Swim starts and finishes at the beach area beside the volleyball courts.

(#10 on the map below) 

Parking is all around except right in front of the main beach area as the road is closed during the summer. Please park in the areas and around and walk (approximately a 2 minute walk).

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Package Pick Up - Calgary: 

Thursday, July 20th 10am - 5pm 

Friday, July 21st 10am – 2pm

Package pick up Calgary is at Tri It Multisport (1703 10th Ave SW).


Package Pick Up - Sylvan Lake:

Friday, July 21st 5pm – 8pm 

Saturday, July 22nd 6am – 7am

Package pick up Sylvan Lake is at Sylvan Lake Park where the start of the race is (beside the beach volleyball courts).



  • We do not send race packs via mail.

  • Packages will not be available outside these hours.

  • You may have someone else collect your package with proof (ie. a text) giving them permission to pick up your package.

Race Day:

Saturday, July 22nd

6:00am - 7:00am - Package Pick Up

7:15am - Pre-Race Meeting - any last-minute changes will be communicated to you on the day.

7:30am - rolling start (4km swimmers go first)

9:30am - swim cut-off

9:45am - awards ceremony

*awards will be given to the top M and F in each 10 year age group:

  • under 20

  • 20 - 29 AG

  • 30 - 39 AG

  • 40 - 49 AG

  • 50 - 59 AG

  • 60 + AG

NO NUDITY ALLOWED on beach or in water.

Please change prior to arriving and after you are finished in one of the washrooms near by. 

Spectators are welcome and will have good vantage points along the beach. Spectators may NOT be in kayaks/paddle boards and be alongside you as you swim.