Swim The Loop

When:
October 5, 2013 all-day
Repeats:
Yearly on October, forever
Where:
Dockside Restaurant
1308 Airlie Road
Wilmington,NC 28403
USA
Cost:
$75-95
Contact:
Kristen SmithE-mail

Swim The Loop starts and finishes at the Dockside Restaurant, which is located on Airlie Road
(Wilmington side of the Intracoastal Waterway). The race will start at a high tide to ensure an even tide
pattern throughout the 3.5 mile swim. Don’t be fooled though; there will be times of slight incoming
tide, slight falling tide and a mostly slack tide. Swimmers will paddle their way around the island
clockwise going under the drawbridge and turning right into Lee’s Cut. There are some shallower waters
through this cut, so keep about 10-15 ft. off the marsh/docks and you won’t hit bottom. Lee’s Cut can
be a tougher section to complete, so be conservative and confident through the first mile of the swim.
Once through Lee’s Cut the swimmer will turn right into Banks Channel and go under the W. Salisbury St.
Bridge completing about 1.5 miles of the course. Once you reach the second bridge you’ve completed
2 miles and will soon turn right into Motts Channel. Make sure you site through Mott’s Channel and
stay about 10-15 ft. off the marsh because as the tide begins to change and fall this part could be a
challenging portion of the swim depending on the time you begin this portion of the swim. Mile 3 is just
past the Seapath Towers/Marina and will leave you with half a mile from the finish.