The Castle 5K/10K is a swim in its fifth year, and its second with the Mountain Swim Series. This event is the highest altitude organized marathon swim event in the country at ~8,000 feet. It is hosted at Wellington Lake, near Conifer in Colorado. Both 5K and 10K swims are available.
What: Castle 5K/10K
Where: Wellington Lake - 21843 Stoney Pass Rd, Bailey, CO 80421
When: 8:00 am, Saturday, August 15, 2020
Pre-Registration Closes: 11:59 PM (midnight) Wednesday, August 12, 2020
5K Competitive Swim
10K Competitive Swim
All swimmers must be capable of completing the distance entered and must be able to complete the respective event within the given cut-off time.
5K – 2 hour (complete by 10:00 AM)
10K – 4 hours (complete by 12:00 PM)
Countdown to Event:
We will have a mass in-the water start for each event.
Race day registration & packet pick up will begin at 6:00am and close at 7:30am.
Pre-Registration Pricing*: 5k - $50, 10k - $70
Both 5K and 10K options are available and the two swims will occur simultaneously. Following the 10K event, the overall winners for the year will be announced and the highly coveted overall winner for the Mountain Swim Series will be announced.
Timing will be performed using traditional number, and stopwatch, in addition to a clock. There will not be electronic chip timing at this event.
Cellular service at the lake is spotty. Be prepared with directions and knowledge of the campsites, parking areas, event location and directions to/from event beforehand.
Camping and Other Events
During registration, participants will have the option to reserve a camping site in the Royal Elk Meadows camping area. These sites are available if participants would like to spend the night at the venue before the swim. The costs associated with the camping site reservations are separate from the regular registration fees. Camping site reservation fees are $30 per site and are available for Friday night only. Campers will need to clean around and pack up their sites no later than 2:00PM on Saturday. During check-in, campers will be required to present proof that at least one member of each campsite intends on swimming in the Castle 5K/10K. Spectators may not reserve campsites. Spectator camping is available 90 days before the event at https://www.castlemountainrec.com/campsites. Camping will be dispersion-style camping near the parking area. There will not be designated campsites. We ask that you respect the area and the people around you, as the camping is surrounded by Colorado's beautiful Pike National Forest. Please avoid leaving trash and do not cut down trees for firewood. Please leave the area in the same condition as you found it.
Campers should drive through the gate and follow the signs to the "Castle 5K/10K camping." At the fork in the road, take a left. After arriving, campers should go to the camping registration table before setting up camp.
From Denver: Take Highway 285 South to Bailey. Turn left on Wellington Lake RD (first major left at the bottom of the hill). Follow the road for approximately 5 miles and go past the main office and over the dam. Drive past the lake and up the small hill. On the right, there will be a gate. Go through the gate. At the fork in the road, take a left to go towards parking and camping. Follow the signs.
After parking, you will need to walk approximately 1/2 mile to get to the start. The walk from the parking area to the start of the swim is approximately 1/2 mile. To get to the start walk back out the road you entered until you reach the fork in the road. Stay to the left (do not go back out the way you drove in) and go down the dirt road. The swim will be on the right near the bottom of the hill at the lake.
Please note that participant vehicles will not be permitted to drive to the start point and must park in the designated parking area or at their reserved campsites.
Overall, assume that the drive will take 2 hours to reach the lake from Denver and that the walk will take an additional 15 minutes, after parking.
This race will take place at Wellington Lake: www.castlemountainrec.com
Address: 21843 Stoney Pass Rd, Bailey, CO 80421
Wellington Lake is ~45 minutes from the small town of Conifer, with dirt road access. You don’t need 4-wheel drive to access the lake, but a Prius will have a harder time getting there than other types of vehicles. There are potholes.