Cap 2k Open Water Race & Pledge Swim

Cap 2k Open Water Race & Pledge Swim


Good morning! Is this happening this year? Registration isn’t up yet and I need to book flights.
When will registration come up for 2019?
When does registration open?
Hey Austin swimmers! Likely that I will be visiting Austin in mid-March. Are there training swims on this course by then? Thanks for any info...
Sad to hear of Terry Laughlin’s passing as a result of prostate cancer. His ‘Total Immersion’ technique helped me more than anything else to learn to swim more efficiently. Maybe next years Cap2k should be dedicated to him for his contribution to swimming:

“The greatest swim on earth,” a 2k downhill swim race through Austin, TX

Operating as usual 07/29/2020

Urge Your Senators and Senator Ron Wyden (OR) to Support S. 1273, the CASE Act!

Making a push on copyright issues today. I’m asking your help with a big Senate vote that is coming up any day now which will greatly affect copyright holders by establishing a small claims court within the U.S. Copyright Office. It takes 2 minutes:

As you may know, your Cap 2k founder has spent many a moment thinking up cool ideas to share with the world. Pen & paper in the 80’s to digital media today, he’s popped out 11 books and over a hundred published articles. Go, Keith! All copyrighted works. Little is known, however, about the challenge a creator is faced with in protecting a copyright. One of Keith’s works alone has been infringed well over a million times! Passing this bill (the CASE ACT) will really help. For many creators and small businesses, defending their copyrighted works is simply not feasible — but things can change for the better! Urge your Senators and Senator Wyden (OR) to stand up for creators and support the #CASEAct!


Winning Isn't Normal Events

Dear Swim Friends,

It is with much regret that we report the 2020 Cap 2k cancelled along with the closure and strict shut-down measures of all parks, pools, venues & gatherings in the City of Austin. Even as we become more hopeful of the physical distancing mandate being lifted, it is obvious that it will not be in time for this year’s Cap 2k.

Please know that our family highly respects the “swim under any condition” attitude of most open water swimmers. In fact, we celebrate it every time we join you in the face of environmental challenges — and, that’s been quite a number of times over the last 2 decades of events. Your enjoyment of the challenge has been a huge factor in our continuing to host our open water events! Many thanks for this.

Many of you who have swum the Cap 2k, Lake Travis Relay, or Highland Lakes Challenge and have done so rain-or-shine, a few times in swift waters, sometimes enduring extremely cold waters or, on rare occasion, in edge-of-hurricane winds, know that our mode is to "find a way.” We strive to provide challenging (and, thus fun) swimming opportunities for our race participants. It saddens us greatly and is unfortunate, but this is one challenge we just cannot surmount by event day.

We remain optimistic that we all will have a window provided sometime this summer in which we can again happily immerse ourselves in the gentle (or not so gentle sometimes!) flow of the medium we so love — as well as to share the fellowship aquatic endeavors provide.

We very much appreciate the support you’ve shown and the words of encouragement as we’ve worked to figure this out. Wishing safety & health to you and your families in this unprecedented time.

​Sandy Neilson-Bell, Event Coordinator
Dr. Keith Bell, Event Director


We’re getting ready to break in the 2020 Cap 2k open water race. Are you?


Lake Travis Relay

Heads up . . . entry fee increases after Sunday.


2019 Lake Travis Relay coming up on Oct. 12th! Enter now:

What's in a name? A lot of fun packed in these . . .


It's been a while, hasn't it, since you've dipped in the Texas waters of the Colorado River? See: for another chance!

Will we see you at the starting line of the 2019 Lake Travis Relay?


Cap 2k swimmers . . . grab some buddies and come swim with us.

Less than 5 weeks to go. Will you be joining us in the fun of the Lake Travis Relay?? 03/15/2019

CAP 2K — 4/28/19

It's almost time for the Cap 2K Open Water Race & Pledge Swim 2019! Register this weekend for the early bird discount rate:

#cap2kswim #americanswimmingassociation #mastersswimming #didyouswimtoday #outdoorswimming #austintx #swimming #newpersonalbest #openwaterswimming 2019 CAP 2k OPEN WATER RACE & PLEDGE SWIM The only "downhill swimming race in Texas" and Austin's signature open water swimming event, the Cap 2k is an open water 2000+ meter, straightaway...


Looking forward to seeing you at the 17th Annual Cap 2k Open Water Swim.

[04/28/18]   Cap 2k is looking for competent canoe paddler to escort a photographer


Create your own fundraising team for Colin's Hope for pre-school swim lessons or UsTOO for Prostate Cancer.


Sunrise . . . Swimmers . . . Coach is happy


Early-bird entry good through Saturday. Register now at:

[03/21/18]   Please join us in our fundraising efforts for Swim Lessons for kids at-risk —and— Prostate Cancer Awareness. DONATE or Create your own FUNdraising page here:

[03/11/18]   Registration is open! Check out the new video at: 03/04/2018

Registration Open | Cap 2k Open Water 4/29/18

Registration is open for this year's Cap 2k. Will you be joining us?


Ready to roll


Our crew is getting ready for you! Entries open Feb. 1st! 04/15/2017

Click here to support CAP 2K OPEN WATER RACE AND PLEDGE SWIM FUNDRAISER by Cap 2k Open Water Race and Pledge Swim

We're working to raise funds and awareness for both: Prostate Cancer & Swim Lessons The 15th Annual Cap 2k Open Water Race & Pledge Swim, the only "downhill swim" in Texas, is Austin's signature open water swimming event.   Cap 2k fund-raising efforts: UsToo International for Prostate Cancer Support, Education, Awareness & Advocacy Swimability — Swimming Lessons for those in need  ... 03/27/2017

SPLURGE Swim - Practice Planning Program

Cap 2k is excited to welcome SPLURGE Swim (Artificial Intelligence Practice Writing) as an event partner. Splurge offers revolutionary ease, speed and power to plan + log swim training. Check out the deal @ Treat yourself. With SPLURGE Swim, you plan practices intelligently in a fraction of the time.


Will you come swim with us? Enter at:


We've got the best lifeguards ready to go for the Cap 2k! Check it out at


Cap 2k loves finish site partner Texas Rowing Center. Hey there, Matt! Thanks to the TRC crew!


A beautifully calm day on Lady Bird Lake. Looking forward to the Cap 2k.


Cap 2k Open Water Race & Pledge Swim's cover photo


Looking for something to add to your Cap 2k repertoire? Join us in 2017 for the Tex Robertson Highland Lakes Challenge. Water temp this year 76-80. Distances and conditions mild to sweeeeet in challenge 👍🏼


American Swimming Association

Fun wtih friends at the Cap 2k


American Swimming Association

Folks — from now on we'll be using ASA's main page. For Cap 2k Facebook info please go here:

Innovative and progressive rules. Fun events conducted with integrity.

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Lake Travis Relay

Love the Lake Travis Relay! Check it out!


Like the Cap 2k? Grab a few buddies and swim with us on Lake Travis. The lake is full. The makes for a fun-filled day!

Entry deadline fast approaching. Need help organizing? Enter at:


Cap 2k Open Water Race & Pledge Swim's cover photo

[09/04/15]   Shouting out thanks also to Capital Cruises, Opal Divine's, and ThunderCloud Subs for support of swim lessons for local kids at risk via Swimability efforts. 09/03/2015

KirkLee Bicycles - Austin Fit - September 2015

Hey All — ASA member, Brad Cason, rocks the custom bike world! Check out the article on Brad & KirkLee Bicycles in this month's Austin Fit. Brad Cason is creating a high-demand for custom carbon fiber bicycles

[09/01/15]   Thanks to Texas Rowing Center, Austin Tri-Cyclist and Texas Orthopedics, Sports and Rehabilitation Associates for sponsoring 3-on-3 games in support of Swimability — funding swim lessons for local kids at risk.

[08/31/15]   3-on-3 teams: Lucky Longhorns & SAS, are coming back!

Our Story

“The greatest swim on earth!”

What: A 2000 meter open water race and pledge swim right down the center of Austin. The only downhill swimming race in Texas. One of the only times swimming is allowed in Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy the flora and fauna as you wait for the start.

Where: Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas. Start: Red Bud Isle / Finish: Texas Rowing Center dock.

When: Sunday, April 29, 2018. Race Starts: 10:30am. Race ends: 11:30am.

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