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 “ 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 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

Still have questions? Contact Meghan Meinerz, Race Director
via email:

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