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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 – 4 Marathon – 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 25 days of running, biking, swimming, triathlon, and kayaking events.  Phil White is the Director of 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) (Cap of 10)
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.  (Cap of 25)
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. (Cap of 25) 
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 +/- (Cap of 25)
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 (Cap of 25)
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  (Cap of 25)
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. (Cap of 50)
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 Cluhous (6.2 miles) Marathon Swim #4. (Cap of 50)
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. (Cap of 75)
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.  (Cap of 50)
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.  (Cap of 10)
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.  (Cap of 5)
Unless otherwise noted each 2014 swim requires payment of a $125 registration fee if paid before 12/31/13.   For Kingdom Swim:  Kayak rentals are available for $65, delivered to the beach the morning of the swim, with paddle, two PFDs, and a whistle.  Yacker + kayak package is $175.    During Kingdom Swim Week, local swimmers from a given town can swim that particular lake for $50.  Yacker and kayak fees will vary for the Swim the Kingdom Week.  Check with us for more details.
This year we are offering a “Season Pass” for a $500 fee.   THE PASS entitles you to swim in any and all of the regular lake swims (including the 9-day Swim the Kingdom Week) and special STATUS and RECOGNITION at all NEKOSWA functions.  Special pricing applies to In Search of Memphre ($1500 fee).  We also offer any three days for the price of two or $300.  Youth fees are $25 for those 10 and under and $50 per swim for those 18 and under.  Registration for all events is now open. The caps for each event will be strictly enforced.