Race Calendar

This page provides an ongoing list of all upcoming open water swimming events in the database in chronological order.  To search events by category, click on the other links in the menu (e.g., Charity Swims, Eco Swims, Relay Swims, etc.)


Hercules Festival of Sport – Northwood @ Merchant Taylors’ School, Sandy Lodge Rd,
May 27 @ 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Our Northwood Festival of Sport is set in the stunning grounds of Merchant Taylors’ School. With its rich, 450-year history, the grounds provide a spectacular backdrop to what is our most outstanding event yet. We would love you join us at this well-established and exceptional event on 27 May 2018. Our routes will be set in the beautiful surrounds of this historic stately school and in the scenic roads adjoining the estate. Our open water swim events will take place in the picturesque private lake.We are pleased to offer our full range of sporting events from the children’s fun run right up to a Half Iron distance triathlon; there really is something for the whole family at a Hercules Festival of Sport. So why not make a day of it? Sign up your family or friends in a team for one of our many events in the Festival and make it a day to remember. All our adult events are chip timed, professionally photographed and you will receive a finisher’s medal and a technical t-shirt for your participation.

Oxford-Bellevue Sharkfest Swim @ Tred Avon Yacht Club,
Jun 2 @ 8:45 am

This 1500 meter swim across the Tred Avon River from Bellevue Park to the beach at the Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford coincides with slack tide to allow everyone to make the crossing. The swim course follows the route of the historic Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, which started operations in 1683--over 300 years ago! Water temperatures usually range from the high-60s to mid-70's and the swim will be ahead of the dreaded nettles season. This region, steeped in history, is also the site of the novel "Chesapeake" by James A. Michener. Post event festivities include the famous Scottish Highland Creamery ice cream which was born in Oxford. This event is part of the Sharkfest Swim Series which hosts open water swim events across the United States and in Mexico.

Registration fee: Adult: $50 until 1/31/18, $60 until 6/1/18, $70 on race day (6/2/18)
Youth (17 & Under): $30 until 6/1/18, $40 on race day (6/2/18)

Eclipse Crossroads Open Water @ Little Grassy Lake at the USFWS Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.
Jun 9 all-day
Eclipse Crossroads Open Water @ Little Grassy Lake at the USFWS Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  | Marion | Illinois | United States

All races will begin with an in-water start and finish onshore. The course is a 1-mile rectangle and
will be swum in a clockwise direction. One time around the course will constitute the one mile events. Three circuits
around the course will constitute the 5 K. Course map is available at the following link:

The National Championship 1 mile will be swum first, followed by a non-championship 1-mile for OEVT (single day
registrants) and those using Category II swimwear. See USMS Rule 303.7 http://www.usms.org/rules/part3.pdf for
description of Category I and II swimwear. Those who enter after the maximum number of entries has been met for the
National Championship may swim the non-championship 1-mile instead, if that entry limit has not yet been met. The 5K
swim will begin one hour following the finish of all one mile swims with swimmers with Category I swimwear first (USMS
members and OEVT), followed by those with Category II swimwear. Category I and II maybe combined in the 5K
depending on the number of entries. Swimmers will be seeded by 1500 meter or 1650 yard times, seeded fast to slow.
Seeding will be by waves with maximum of 50 swimmers per wave. The course will be cleared of swimmers before the
next event begins. Seed times are required. NT entries will not be accepted.

Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim @ Aquatic Park
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am

Every swimmer dreams of making the ultimate "ESCAPE" from the historical island prison located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. This is the swim the Anglin Brothers and Frank Lee Morris successfully attempted in their escape from Alcatraz on the night of June 12, 1962. Swimmers from all over the world come to make the crossing from just off Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Now it's YOUR turn! This event has been taking place for 26 years, and was the inspiration for the whole Sharkfest Swim Series which hosts open water swim events across the United States and in Mexico.




Brazos River Sharkfest Swim @ Indian Spring Park,
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am

The Brazos River Sharkfest Swim consists of three distances, a 1K, 2K and 4K in Lake Brazos through downtown Waco in the heart of Texas. All swims will start and finish at Indian Springs Park. There is minimal current in this section of the Brazos River, as there is a dam at the downriver end of Lake Brazos. Water temperature is generally in the high-70’s and so wetsuits are not be allowed. Lifeguards will be positioned along the course and swimmers are never more than 50 yards from the shoreline.This event is part of the Sharkfest Swim Series which hosts open water swim events across the United States and in Mexico.

Ticket Cost:
Adult 1K: $40 until 5/31/18, $50 until 6/15/18, $60 on race day (6/16/18)
Adult 2K/4K: $50 until 5/31/18, $60 until 6/15/18, $70 on race day (6/16/18)
Youth (17 & Under) All Distances: $25 until 6/1/18, $30 on race day (6/2/18)

Swim With A Mission
Jul 14 @ 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

We started Swim With A Mission, Inc. because we needed to do something! We are frustrated and concerned that our veterans are being treated so poorly. Our veterans and their families have given so much and for some, made the ultimate sacrifice. Our veterans deserve more. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave because of the brave. We hope that you will join us on this mission to help and honor our Veterans.


Lady Liberty Sharkfest Swim
Jul 14 @ 7:30 am

What could be more sensational than swimming in the waters off the iconic Statue of Liberty, the most well known lady in the United States? The swim will start just outside the security zone of Liberty Island and will go past the historic Ellis Island and the Colgate clock on the Jersey City shoreline, then into the Morris Canal to finish at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park with a view of the new Freedom Tower in the background. The ferry fee for swimmers is included in the entry fee. This is a wonderful opportunity to enter New York Harbor through “America’s Golden Door” as Jersey City is historically known. This event is part of the Sharkfest Swim Series which hosts open water swim events across the United States and in Mexico.

Registration fee: Adult: $150 until 2/28/18, $175 until 5/31/18, $185 until 7/13/18, $200 on race day (7/14/18)
Youth (17 & Under): $60 until 7/13/18, $80 on race day (7/14/18)

Golden Gate Sharkfest Swim @ Gabrielson Park
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am

Swimmers board a ferry in Sausalito which transports them to south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and then they swim back under the bridge past the north tower to finish at East Ft. Baker at Horseshoe Cove in Sausalito. It's yet another iconic swim notch on any open water swimmer's belt. This is a "golden" opportunity to say "I swam the Golden Gate!" This event is part of the Sharkfest Swim Series which hosts open water swim events across the United States and in Mexico.

Registration fee: $150 until 12/31/17, $175 until 1/31/18, $200 until 7/21/18, $220 on race day (7/22/18)



Clean Lakes Alliance’s Shoreline Swim @ Law Park
Jul 28 @ 7:00 am – 9:30 am
Clean Lakes Alliance's Shoreline Swim @ Law Park | Madison | Wisconsin | United States

When it comes to Madison lakes, it’s not only the fish that count on clean water for swimming. Hundreds of swimmers plunge into our lakes each year, especially as part of our vibrant triathlon scene. Whether you are a competitive swimmer looking for a great training opportunity, or a recreational swimmer who cares about clean water, you can feel good knowing that your registration makes a difference to help protect our lakes.

Choose from a 1.2 or 2.4 mile event in the same waters as Ironman Wisconsin.

Registration Fee:
$45 Early Bird - until April 13th
$50 Regular Price - until July 13th
$60 Last Chance - until July 25th
$75 Same Day

Swim to the Moon @ Halfmoon Bay
Aug 19 all-day
Swim to the Moon @ Halfmoon Bay | Gregory | Michigan | United States

It’s an extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. Participants choose their distance — half mile, 1.2 mile, 5K, or 10K — and have the time of their lives swimming through Southeast Michigan’s most sublime waterways, all the while showing support for a very worthy cause: North Star Reach, a camp for children with life-threatening, serious, and chronic medical conditions.

The 5K swim starts on the shores of Patterson Lake at North Star Reach; from there, swimmers head south and east through the heavily forested Pinckney Recreation Area, passing through five lakes along the way. Scattered cottages are the only signs of civilization. 10K race participants start at Halfmoon Lake Beach, swim to the start of the 5K (where their “special needs” bags will be available), then turn around to head back to the shores of Halfmoon Lake Beach. Both the half-mile and the 1.2-mile swim start at Halfmoon Lake Beach. All events finish at the state beach on the east shore of Halfmoon Lake.