Upcoming Elk Lake 3K & 5K

The Cascade Lakes 3K and 5K takes place at Elk Lake this weekend - one of the most beautiful venues for open water swimming in the country. The lake is 4892 ft feet above sea level with the South Sister towering above at 10,358 feet. The lake is  just 32 miles west of Bend, Oregon. 

2008 EL SS H-L

Photograph by Bob Needham

In the satellite picture below, Elk Lake can be seen in the lower left corner marked by the green "A" marker. Directly above it you see the snow capped peaks of the Three Sisters (North, Middle  & South) and Broken Top to their right. In the lower right of the picture, Mount Bachelor appears as a light area alongside the Cascade Lakes Highway.

EL Satalite H-L

Of course, one of the best parts is the camping at Elk Lake for the weekend. The days will be hot, while nicely cooling off in the evenings. Under a star-lit sky, there is not much that can compete with the serenity of a mountain campsite. The water temperature is predicted to be a near perfect 68° to 69°.

There are many events being held, but I will be racing the 3K on Friday evening and the 5K on Sunday morning. If all goes according to plan, I will be doing a 10K training swim on Saturday in preparation for my two 10Ks in a single weekend, just 2 weeks away.

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