Betsy Owens and Terry Laughlin Memorial Cable Swim

Sat August 12, 2023 Lake Placid, NY 12946 US Directions



2-Mile Cable Swim

9:30AM EDT - 11:15AM EDT
Open to ages 18 - 100.

1-Mile Cable Swim

11:15AM EDT - 11:15AM EDT


Lake Placid Public Beach
801 Mirror Lake Drive
Lake Placid, NY US 12946

A USMS Sanctioned Event



Betsy Owens and Terry Laughlin Memorial Cable Swim

1 Mile and 2 Mile Cable Swims

Sanction # 033-W001


Saturday, August 12th, 2023



  • Terry’s 2-mile cable swim, Heat 1 starts at 9:30 am; swimmers must check in by 9:15 am; mandatory pre-race meeting at 9:15 am 
  • Betsy Owens 1-mile cable swim starts at 11:15 am; swimmers must check in by 10:45 am; mandatory pre-race meeting at 11:00 am

The course is a ¼ mile-long underwater cable marked with buoys. The 1-mile swim is two laps around the cable, while the 2-mile swim is four laps around the cable. The direction in which the event will be conducted will be decided by a coin toss during Friday afternoon course set-up.  Both the start and finish are in-water. Times for both events are eligible for USMS long-distance national records.


Each swimmer’s age shall be determined by their age on December 31, 2023, except for 18-year-olds, who must be 18 on the day they swim.

 All Swimmers must be registered with USMS (or the equivalent FINA organization for foreign swimmers). Swimmers can purchase a 2023 USMS Membership at ($56 + $14 LMSC fee) or a One Event Registration ($20) during online registration.
Need to purchase or renew your USMS membership? CLICK HERE!

The $20 One Event Registration fee will automatically apply to all registrations and is reflected in the pricing above.

*USMS members may validate their 2023 USMS membership during the online registration process to receive a $20 membership discount. 

*FINA members must submit proof of membership to to receive the membership discount.



Current USMS rules will govern this event. To View or Download the 2023 rule book, CLICK HERE.  

Swimwear: Category II suits - including wetsuits - are allowed, but swimmers wearing anything other than Category I suits will not be eligible for individual national records. Please read the brief overview of each category below.

Refer to section 303.4 of the 2023 USMS rulebook for more details.

Category I Suits overview:
  • Goggles, nose clips, ear plugs, & wristwatches are permitted
  •  Swimsuit must be only one or two pieces & shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, or below the ankles
  •  Absolutely no clasps or zippers are permitted
  • Non-Wetsuit category
Category II Suits overview:
  • Wetsuit category
  • Goggles, armbands, rash guards, nose clips, ear plugs, wristwatches, and grease are also allowed


Age Groups

Standard USMS 5-year age groups; 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39…100+


Entry fees

Entry Fees includes swim cap & post-race refreshments. P

USMS/FINA Member: $75/$80/$90

Non-member: $95/$100/$110

pricing increases on June 3rd and August 7th

Refund Policy

There are absolutely no refunds or deferrals for this event. In the case of inclement weather or other unexpected circumstances, the race director has the right to cancel the race or shorten the event. In this case there will be no refunds provided. In signing up for this event, the participants are agreeing to these terms.



Registration closes Monday, August 7th at 11:59 PM EDT.

Race-day entries:



Safety is Our Primary Concern

Safety boats will monitor the entire course, and Lake Placid Ambulance Service will be on-call within one mile of the event.  No motorized crafts are allowed on the lake.


Warm Up

After the direction of the course has been determined, warm-up MUST be swum in that direction only. Heat 2 will start as soon as possible after Heat 1 has finished. There will be no warm-up allowed on the course after the start of Heat 1. 

Time Limit

Swimmers who cannot complete one mile in 50 minutes or  two miles in 1hr 45 min should NOT enter. Swimmers on the course after 1hr 45 min may be stopped and listed as DNF in the results. In the event of inclement weather, the race director may close the course and thereby prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Swimmers must wear the provided swim cap during the swim, have their race number on their arms/back, and follow all announced safety rules without exception. 



Swimmers will be seeded fastest to slowest, using each swimmer’s time for a 1650 yd. pool swim. "No Time" entries are not permitted. There will be no seeding changes once heat sheets are posted.


Each heat will consist of seeded waves of 8-10 swimmers, each starting 20-30 seconds apart.


Accommodations Info 

Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, 518-523-2445; Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, 518-891-1990

Water Temperature

70 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit

  1. From South: Northway (1-87) to Exit 30.  Follow signs to Lake Placid.
  2. From North: Northway (1-87) to Exit 34 for Ausable Forks.  Take N (south) to Rt 86 (west) in Jay, through Wilmington into Lake Placid.
  3. From West: Take routes to Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake to Route 86 into Lake Placid. Mirror Lake’s Village Beach is located near center of Lake Placid on Parkside Dr. between Main St. & Shore Dr.  Street parking is available near the venue on day of event. 


For More information, contact:

Matt McMorris, Event Director | | 518-727-1586

Office Manager | | 518-677-2768

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Thank you for another great event! We hope to see you again next year!


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