Why would you want to enter this open water event at Little
Grassy Lake in Makanda, IL?
Online entry available soon through Club Assistant.
- It features the U.S. Masters Swimming Sprint
Distance Open Water National Championship (1- mile)
- We offer an additional 5-KM (3.1 mile) swim for those
wishing to swim an additional event of longer distance.
- You won't be disappointed by a cancelled event. We have a backup date of June 10th if conditions are unsafe on June 9th.
- You can spend the weekend in beautiful southern Illinois. Check out the Carbondale Tourism website for the full range of activities (hiking, camping, wine trails, music festival, zip-lines, etc.).
The rectangular course will start from the Camp One beach of the
Southern Illinois University Touch of Nature Environmental Center in
the one of the largest wildlife refuges in the United States (the USFWS Crab
Orchard National Wildlife Refuge).
Driving Directions to SIU Touch of Nature Environmental Center
Map of Course
Map of Start/Finish Area
GPS Coordinates for Course
Host Saluki Masters Swim Club has named this event the Eclipse
Crossroads Open Water, in recognition of the nearby village of Makanda,
Illinois, being the place to experience the longest duration of
totality as the paths of both the 2017 and the upcoming 2024 solar
eclipse cross at this location.
Commemorative T-shirt Design
Come enjoy beautiful southern Illinois, with
accommodations to fit all preferences, including hotel rooms, rustic
cabins, and campsites at Touch of Nature, Giant City State Park, or in
nearby Carbondale, or Marion, IL. Click here for Lodging. The area is served by Amtrak rail and
Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois (Williamson County Regional
Airport - MWA), with St Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) only
100 miles away.
Event information Paper entry, OEVT registration form