Event Information

Open Water Swimming

July 18


  • Start Times
  • 2K: 8:00am
  • 1.5K: 8:00am
  • 1K: 8:00am
  • 400m: 9:00am
  • 55 minute cut off for 2K, 1.5K, & 1K

    Other Info

     2020 Entry Form

     2020 Sport Information


    Lake Elmo State Park
    Billings Heights
    2300 Lake Elmo Dr.
    Billings, MT 59105

    State Games of America

    To view the State Games of America Qualifier Information please click here.

    Entry Fees

    Entry Fee:
    Until July 1
    Late Entry Fee:
    (After July 1)
    Second Event: $10/participant
     Online Entry Deadline: July 15
     Late Entry Fee Applied July 2

      additional $4 processing fee for each online and paper transaction

    Event Photos

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    Lake Elmo State Park
    2300 Lake Elmo Dr.
    Billings, MT 59105

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    ****Special Notice****

    We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Big Sky State Games is working to balance competitive drive, healthy sport, and personal responsibility. Thus, we have followed the Governor’s Directive for Phase 2 of the reopening of Montana, the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and consultation with the Yellowstone City-County Health Department, dba RiverStone Health. However, it is important that you realize the ultimate person responsible for keeping safe is “you”.

    Sports, event locations and/or divisions may change at any time. Please refer to the sport pages on the bigskygames.org for updated information. In the event that the sport you signed up for is cancelled and cannot be rescheduled, your sport registration fee will be refunded. The nominal registration processing fee ($4) unfortunately cannot be refunded as those costs are incurred immediately upon registration through credit card companies and our third-party registration vendor.

    General Guidelines
    1. Do not compete or spectate if you are sick; stay home and out of public places.
    2. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after competing and/or spectating at an event.
    3. Maintain 6’ physical distancing while spectating.
    4. Some events by their nature do not allow physical distancing; understand the inherent risks of entering this event.
    5. Spectators must wear a mask. Please bring your own.



    • USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming rules and regulations will apply to the event.
    • There will be non-wetsuit and wetsuit divisions in both the mile and the 400 meter swims.
    • Flotation shorts and flotation pants are classified as wetsuits. Skinsuits/Speedsuits may be used in the non-wetsuit division. For a list of approved suits please go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/About/Multisport/Competitive-Rules/Approved-Skinsuits. Wetsuits will not be allowed if the water temperature is 84 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
    • Races will be cancelled if water temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
    • Race organizers reserve the right to modify or cancel the event due to weather and other conditions.
    • Lifeguards will be present at several locations along the courses as will support boats/kayaks/stand up paddle boards. All participants MUST wear the provided swim cap.


    For the 2K, 1.5K and 1K swims, it will be a “beach start” on the north shore of Lake Elmo. The 2K course is 3 laps of a triangular counter-clockwise course. Participants will swim towards the southwest corner of the lake before turning left and swimming parallel to the south shore (where the Fish, Wildlife and Parks building is located) heading east. Near the east shore line another left turn will be made and participants will swim north towards the beach and the last buoy. Swimmers in the 1K will then swim towards the boat ramp, going west. The finish line is up the boat ramp through the finishing chute. Swimmers in the 1.5K will swim an additional lap before finishing at the boat ramp. Those in the 2K will complete a third lap of the course before finishing. Participants in the 400m swim will start in the water near the boat ramp. They will swim 200m, going east, towards the turn around buoy, go around the buoy and finish up the boat ramp through the finishing chute.

    NOTE: There will be a 55 minute cut off for the 2K, the 1.5K and the 1K race. Participants must complete those races in 55 minutes or they will be pulled from the course.

    Awards Ceremony

    The awards ceremony will begin after the 400 meter race.