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NEKOWSA – 2014 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.  
This year we are proud to be offering 13 days of great open water swimming, including Kingdom Swim, our 8 Lake – 43 Miles – 4 marathon Swim the Kingdom Week, In Search of Memphre, a 25 mile international swim, and Georgeville or Bust, a 15 mile international swim.
All of our NEKOWSA events are challenging and totally fun.  They are held in awesome venues and are well supported and safety conscious swims for young and old alike. 
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.”  
Hope you’ll join us to Swim the Kingdom in 2014.

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 2014.  It includes the WOWSA World 10 Mile Championships as part of our Sixth Annual Kingdom Swim in July, an expanded 8 lakes – 43 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 will open on October 1, 2013. 

NEKOWSA is a division of Kingdom Games, Inc. a series of over 25 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, and kayaking events.  Phil White, Director, Kingdom Games, Inc., 649 Sunset Acres, PO Box 310 Newport, VT 05855.   Tel: 802-249-9100; or

June 14, 2014 – Sixth Annual Son of a Swim --  2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog.  (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)
July 12, 2014 – Sixth Annual Kingdom Swim –  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.  The swim is held in conjunction with Aquafest, including The Frontier Animal Society’s Pet, Swimmers & Yackers Parade on Friday evening before the swim. 
No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits!
August 2, 2014 – Fourth 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 – 43 Miles – 4 Marathons
August 9 through 17, 2014
No Lanes – No Lines – No Buoys
swim one day or up to all eight with longer or shorter swims on each day
Great room rates at The Highland Lodge, Greensboro, VT if you book early

August 9, 2014 – 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. 4 miles +/- in a spring-fed marvel. 
August 10, 2014 – 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 11, 2014 Green River Reservoir – From the canoe access, swim the loop around One Tree beyond Picnic Island all the way down Little Italy and around Big Island on the way back.  +/-6.2 miles in a beautiful, protected reservoir – no motor boats allowed.  Marathon Swim #1
August 12, 2014 – 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 13, 2014 – Lake Massawippi – Ayers Cliff, QC –  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.
August 14, 2014 – Lake Memphremagog – From The Clubhous around Bell and Black Islands, to The Cut 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 16, 2014 – Fifth Annual Willoughby Swim – A no-nonsense, 5 mile swim on one of the most majestic and pristine, glacially carved lakes in the Americas.
August 17, 2014 – 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.
September 6, 2014 – In Search of Memphre IV – – 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 4, 2014 – 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.