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NEKOWSA – 2015 Swims

Hosted by Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association
A full summer of Swimming the Kingdom

NEKOWSA was established in January, 2010 by 34 open water swimmers from all over the nation having a shared purpose to organize, promote and host swimming in the legendary lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
All of our NEKOWSA swims are challenging and totally fun.  They are held in awesome venues and are well supported and safety conscious swims for young and old alike.  Our swimmers have ranged in age from 4 years old to 78 year’s old.  Except for the two Monster Swims, we offer three divisions, Skins, Wet Suits, and Assisted.  We welcome swimmers with challenges and are looking forward to working with adaptive sports programs around the country to make sure they are aware that we are welcoming and accessible to swimmers who need (or simply like) to use flippers or other adaptive devices such as snorkels.

The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas.  In doing so it noted, “[T]he clarity and tranquility of the lakes [of the Northeast Kingdom] rival any in North America…. [They are] geological aquatic marvels.”  Kingdom Swim has been selected as one of the top 100 swims in the world.  Willoughby Swim and In Search of Memphre have made the list of the top 100 swims in the USA.
Hope you’ll join us to Swim the Kingdom in 2015.

REGISTER AND PAY FOR ONE OR MORE SWIMS Here’s our Summer Roster of Swims:

Swimming the Legendary Lakes of
The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and The Eastern Townships of Quebec
NEKOWSA is pleased to announce its schedule of swims for 2015.  It includes the WOWSA World 10 Mile Championships as part of our Sixth Annual Kingdom Swim in July, an expanded 8 lakes – 45 Mile – Swim the Kingdom Week, in August, In Search of Memphre, our 25 mile international expeditionary swim the length of Lake Memphremagog in September, and Georgeville or Bust, our 15 mile cold water swim between Newport, VT and Georgeville, QC in October, All swims have caps on the number of participants allowed.  On-line Registration is now open. 
NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. a series of over 40 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, kayaking, pond hockey, speed skating and Nordic skating events.  Phil White, Director, Kingdom Games, Inc., 649 Sunset Acres, PO Box 310 Newport, VT 05855.   Tel: 802-249-9100; or

June 20 and 27, 2015 – Seventh Annual Son of a Swim –  2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog.  (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)
July 25, 2015 – Seventh Annual Kingdom Swim – 15 mile,10 mile, 6 mile, 3 mile, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth.  On Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim is now the venue for the World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association.  Caps of 100 swimmers per course.  Join us for our annual Pet, Swimmers & Yackers Pirate Parade on Friday evening before the swim and a great pasta dinner under the tents.
No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits!
August 1, 2015 – Fifth Annual Seymour Swim –  3.5 mile and 1.75 mile swimming only option but also part of Kingdom Triathlon. We figured, while we had the buoys up we might as well invite swimmers to join us in one of the most pristine lakes in The Americas. 
8 Lakes – 45 Miles – 4 Marathons
No Lanes – No Lines – No Bouys
August 8 through 16, 2015
Swim one day or up to all eight with longer or shorter swims on each day
August 8, 2015 – Crystal Swim – Swim to the cliffs, hang a right, swim to Moose Rock, cross the lake to the railroad tracks, head north back to Crystal State Beach. 5 miles +/- in a spring-fed marvel. 
August 9, 2015 – Island Pond Swim – From the Public Dock, swim around the island, on to Brighton State Beach, run the sand and swim back 4 miles +/-
August 10, 2015 – Echo Lake Swim – Swim the perimeter once for 6 K or twice for 12 K.  Echo Lake is the most pristine lake of the week, although Crystal, Caspian, Seymour, and Willoughby are right in the mix and Memphremagog and Massawippi are not far behind. Marathon Swim #1
August 11, 2015 – Lake Seymour – Enter at the state beach on Route 111, swim to Wolf’s Point, then on to the dam across the lake, back to Dave Anderson’s Boat House by One Mile Road  and back to the beach. 6.2 miles +/- Marathon Swim #2 
August 12, 2015 – Lake Massawippi – Ayers Cliff, QC –  Meet the Mayor and swim the length of the lake between Ayer’s Cliff and North Hatley (9 miles +/-) Or swim to Blueberry Point and return. Marathon Swim #3. Bring your passport
August 13, 2015 – Lake Memphremagog – From The Clubhous around Bell and Black Islands, to The Slash (the border) at Province Island, east for a mile right along the international border to Eagle Point, past Cove Island on your way back to The Clubhous (6.2 miles) Marathon Swim #4.
August 15, 2015 – Sixth Annual Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 5 mile swim on one of the most majestic and pristine, glacially carved lakes in the Americas.
August 16, 2015 – Caspian Swim – 3 miles to Bathtub Rock and back or 1.5 miles to The Rock, Caspian is a hidden jewel.  Just a great way to end a great week of open water swimming.
August 23, 2015 – Echo Lake Road Race & Swim – We are back at Echo for this stage triathlon with running and biking on Saturday and a delicious 1 and 3 mile swim on Sunday.  We fell in love with this lake, its surroundings, and its Lake Dwellers this summer.  Very glad to spend some time running, biking and swimming it as summer winds down.
September 5, 2015 – In Search of Memphre V – An epic 25 mile, cold water “expeditionary” swim the length of Lake Memphremagog between Newport, VT and Magog, QC. To search for our legendary and swimmer friendly lake creature – To promote a more open border with our Canadian friends and family members – To raise money for one or more worthy causes.
October 10, 2015 – Georgeville or Bust – A 15 mile, international, cold water swim between Newport, VT and Georgeville, QC.  Water temps guaranteed to be below 60 F or your money back.  The search continues with this one.