Sunday’s Open Water National Races Bumped Up Due To High Temperatures


Due to an anticipated rise in temperature in Tempe, Sunday’s Open Water National races have been moved up by USA Swimming. As reported yesterday, the temperature was expected to reach its highest of the weekend on Sunday at 106 degrees.

The national 5K events, originally scheduled for 8:00 am (men) and 8:05 (women), have been bumped up by half an hour to 7:30 and 7:35. The junior national 7.5K, consisting of swimmers aged 16 and 17, have been moved up from 11:00 and 11:05 to 9:30 and 9:35.


  • Men’s National 5K: 8:00 -> 7:30 am
  • Women’s National 5K: 8:05 -> 7:35 am
  • Boys Junior National 7.5K: 11:00 -> 9:30 am
  • Girls Junior National 7.5K: 11:05 -> 9:35 am

Bumping up the 7.5K by an hour and a half will enable racing to be done around 11:00 am (compared to around 12:30 pm with the original schedule), ensuring the safety of the athletes with water temperature expected to rise as the afternoon progresses.

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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