2016 Registration Opens May 1

Hello Fat Salmoners! Are you getting ready for another year of fantastic northwest open water swimming?

We are! The 2016 Fat Salmon is taking place on Saturday, July 16th. Registration for the 2016 race is scheduled to go live on Sunday, May 1st at 6am. It will be another great year of Fat Salmon swimming!

Click here to register.


2016 Registration and Race Information

Big news for all anadromous swimmers!

Race day for the 2016 Fat Salmon Swim is July 16, 2016. So mark it on your calendar and invite all your friends! It will be awesome.

Registration for the biggest fattest salmon swim ever starts Sunday May 1, 2016 – so you may want to call in “sick” on Monday to recover from your registration party hangover.

2015 Results

3.2mi No Wetsuit Swim
3.2mi Wetsuit Swim

Race Day Information


Hello Racers!


Here is your last set of pre-race instructions!  We have a lot of important info to share here so PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!


1. SCHEDULE: Please be on time.

6:15 a.m. — Check in opens

7:15 a.m. — Check in closes

7:20 a.m. — Mandatory Safety Meeting

7:35 a.m. — (approx) leave Madison Park and CARPOOL to the start

8:15 a.m. — 1st wave starts! Waves 2-5 will follow with only 3 minutes between each.


Waves? Yep — View the Heat Sheet and make a note of your wave. You’ll need to check in at the corresponding table number.


2. CHECK IN: You absolutely MUST be checked in to swim!  Check-in at Madison Park (which is also the finish line), get numbered, put on your chip, AND stay for the pre-race meeting in order to swim.


3. PARKING: Please, absolutely NO parking allowed along Madison Street or the directly adjoining streets. The businesses need those spaces for their patrons. Respect all barricades, posted signs, driveways, etc. Also, try your very best to BE QUIET when you park in the residential areas. It’s awfully early for the neighbors and a few complained about us the past few years.


4. CATEGORY CHANGES: If you would like to switch divisions (wetsuit or nonwetsuit) you need to FIRST check in with your original division, THEN GO TO THE CHANGE TABLE where you will have a new chip and number assigned.


5. STRAGGLERS & TIME LIMIT: Maintaining everyone’s safety is key for us so we need to keep you bunched together.  Single stragglers may be pulled AND those who are not on track to finish the race in 2 hours will be pulled at the 2.5-mile marker. If we need to pull you, please do as we ask without question.


6. TROUBLE ON THE COURSE: We certainly hope you won’t have any, but just in case…UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANYONE SWIM TO THE SHORE AND GO HOME. If you can’t finish, please flag a guard or kayak to be pulled onto a motor boat.  If you head for shore we’ll have no idea that you’ve left and will see yourself on the evening news as missing.  Please don’t be that person!  A lifeguard OR boat will always be closer to you than the shore for the vast majority of this race.


7. EQUIPMENT: This may seem obvious, but just in case: make a checklist or pack your bag ahead of time so you don’t forget anything. Swimsuit, goggles, wetsuit (if applicable), body-glide, towel, warm clothes for before and after (even if the weather is warm, being in the water for a while will lower your body temp), water bottle, etc. Hydrate before you swim! Eat if you need to eat. Anything else? Put it on your list, you might not be quite awake when it’s time to go on Saturday.


USMS rules govern this race — the following equipment is NOT ALLOWED: fins, pull buoy, paddles, snorkel, floating buoy, ipod, etc.


8. REFUNDS: When you registered, you agreed that your entry fee was non-refundable, non-deferrable and non-transferable. If you opt not to swim for any reason, we hope you’ll still come and pick up your shirt and cap and stay to cheer your friends into the finish. Absolutely no bandits swimming in your place.  If we find out we’ll make sure you’re not invited to return next year.


9. QUESTIONS? If you have any, check the FAQ’s on our website or the Club Assistant Page If you don’t see the answer there, please be sure to ask at the pre-race meeting, so that others can benefit from your question and our answers.


Thanks for reading thru to the end!  We look forward to having you at the 16th annual Fat Salmon Open Water Swim!!! Happy Swimming!!!



Race Director

Another Big Thank You

Wild Salmon Seafood Market


Thank you Wild Salmon Seafood Market for donating Salmon for year’s Fat Salmon swim! We appreciate the support of local businesses and we want you to support them!  Check them out!  Copper River Salmon is available at Wild Salmon Seafood Market – limited availability so you’d better act fast!

Big Thank You

purefoodfishThank you Pure Food Fish Market for donating the salmon for the Fat Salmon this year!

Anyone who’s visited Pike Place Public Market to buy fresh seafood knows that Pure Food Fish Market, Seattle’s most popular seafood retailer, is the place to go!  Thanks for being awesome!


Race Day Information

When: Saturday, July 18, 2015


  • 6:15 – 7:15 AM: Check-in
  • 7:20 AM: Pre-Race Meeting – MANDATORY for all swimmers
  • 7:35 AM: Carpool to 3.2-mile start (at Day Street Boat Ramp)


  • 8:15 AM: Start 1st wave

SAFETY: Large buoys (approx. every 1/2 mile) will mark the course. Motor boats, kayaks and lifeguards will be located along the perimeter of the course. Swimmers must wear the swim caps provided at check-in. A MANDATORY safety meeting will be held before the event start. Friends and family who are not registered for this event cannot swim along with you. Lake temperature can vary: be prepared for cold water.

MORE ABOUT SAFETY & PULLING SWIMMERS: We must maintain a certain swimmer-to-boat ratio to keep our permit AND, more importantly, to keep everyone safe. Swimmers that fall too far behind the pack will be pulled. Additionally, if you are not on target to finish the 3.2 mile event in 2 hours or less, you will be pulled.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern this event.

  • The use of neoprene wet suits or other nonporous attire IS allowed.
  • Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, MP3 players are NOT allowed.
  • Any questions, refer to USMS guidelines.


  • There will be NO day-of-race registration and NO filling of no-show slots.
  • There will be NO refunds or exchange of entries.
  • Someone else cannot swim for you – this jeopardizes our insurance.
  • There will be NO SWIMMING if you have not checked in ON TIME and attended the pre-race safety meeting.
  • If you lose your timing chip, you MUST tell a race official that you got out of the water or we may think that you drowned and call search & rescue. Don’t make us do that.

LOCATION: The event runs between the I-90 and 520 floating bridges along Seattle’s Lake Washington waterfront. The 3.2 Mile Race starts at Day Street Boat Ramp at the west end of the I-90 Bridge span, and ends at Madison Park in Seattle (E. Madison St. & E. Howe St). Pre-race check-in is at Madison Park where the race ends. Swimmers are responsible for transportation from the registration area to the race starts. Parking at the start area is extremely limited; carpooling is encouraged. See RACE MAP.

AWARDS: A whole salmon will be awarded to the fastest male and female swimmers in both the wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions of the 3.2-Mile Race. Ribbons will be available for the top three finishers in all 5-yr age groups, in both divisions.


  • Swimmers must be 18 years of age as of July 18, 2015 and:
  • Currently registered with USMS or FINA or Canadian Masters, or…
  • Pay an additional $20 “One-Event USMS Registration” fee.

Online Entry ONLY:

$65.00 – Early entry in May
$75.00 – June 1 thru June 30
$85.00 – July 1 thru July 12
$20.00 – “One-Event” USMS registration (as needed, see eligibility)
Online Entries are paid by credit card to “ClubAssistant.com Events.”

WANT TO SWIM FOR FREE?: We are offering a free registration in the form of a refund AFTER THE EVENT if you provide two kayak volunteers (each with their own kayaks) OR one motorboat or jetski adult volunteer with their one motorcraft on the day of the event.  This refund is only for the Fat  Salmon entry fee (excludes one-event USMS registration fee if applicable).  When your boating volunteers register to help (see link below), have them indicate they are volunteering on your behalf.

REGISTRATION CLOSES on July 12th at 11:59 pm PDT or sooner if full to capacity.
A note about that USMS “One-Event” Fee… Your $20 lets you participate in this USMS-sanctioned event. For $30 more, enjoy a full-year USMS membership including access to pool meets, clinics, coaches, open water swims and magazine subscription. Contact PNARegistrar@usms.org for more info or to join.

IMPORTANT LINKS: Facebook, FS FAQs, Time Guidelines & Safety Info

Kayakers, Motor Boats, & Jet Skis are needed! Please contact us.

If you have questions about your registration, contact Jim Lasersohn, Fat Salmon Registration Coordinator via email atregistration@fatsalmonswim.com

Still have questions? Contact Meghan Meinerz, Race Director
via email: racedirector@fatsalmonswim.com

Registration Opens Friday

Registration opens Friday, May 1 at 6 a.m. Pacific time.

Register here


Fat Salmon 2015 Date Set

The date for the 2015 Fat Salmon Swim is Saturday, July 18.

2015 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim