Prior to the Open Water Championships over the weekend, U.S. Swimming and H2Open Plus opened up the national course for the very first time .
People of all ages were able to go out and swim on the same course as the weekends competitors and even some Olympians.
Former Olympian Alex Meyer was there on behalf of The Fran Krippen foundation promoting open water safety. Fran Krippen was an open water swimmer who died while swimming a 10K race in 2010.
Alex Meyer was also there to get his feet wet (pun-intended).
Local phenoms Riley Mita, who is currently a Navy swimmer, and Hart High School junior Matthew Johnson were at the event. Both of them competed in the Olympic Trials in 2011.