Swim Fest Fort Ritchie – Details
Race Limit: 450 participants, combined
Start: The first race will be the 750 meter event. The second race is the 1500 meter swim. The third and final swim will be 2250 meters. Each race will begin as scheduled, however swimmers who have not completed their event before the next race begins will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water. This will be an in water start, wave format. You can combine events! You are eligible for awards for each individual event you compete in but will only get one swag bag. All three events combined is a total of 4,500 meters (2.8 miles). Each race will be allowed a 10 minute warm up near the start area.
Timing: This event will be professionally chip timed! We will be providing race day results at our results kiosk immediately after you finish your race. We will also provide a web link to results that you can share with your family and friends so they can follow your race on their web devices.
Event Rules: All must wear the provided swim cap with bib # written on the cap. Wetsuits will be allowed if water temps are below 78.1 degrees. Wetsuits are recommended during May since water temperatures are usually in the 60’s. Fins are not permitted. Athletes that do not complete the course must visit race officials at the finish line to check in and return their timing chip. If you do not complete your event before the next race starts you will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water.
|6:00am (Saturday)||Packet Pickup/Registration Opens (All 3 Races), at the Race Venue|
|7:30am||Packet Pickup/Registration Closes for 750 and 1500 Races|
|7:45am||750 Warm Up|
|7:55am||750 Line up at Start|
|8:00am||750 Meter Race Begins|
|8:30am||Packet Pickup/Registration Closes for 2250 Race, at the Race Venue|
|8:30am||1500 Warm Up|
|8:40am||1500 Line up at Start|
|8:45am||1500 Meter Race Begins|
|9:30am||2250 Warm Up|
|9:40am||2250 Line up at Start|
|9:45am||2250 Meter Race Begins|
|11:00am (Apprx.)||Awards Ceremony (All 3 Races)|
Swag: Here is the 2017 Swag. 2018 swag will be updated soon. Click on images below to enlarge.
The award categories are the same for the each event: 750 Meter, 1500 Meter and 2250 Meter.
Overall Male and Female (3 deep)
Age Groups: 16 and under, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ (2 deep) *we will expand awards as the race grows.
Age based on your age as of race day.
Participants doing the combined swims are eligible for awards for each individual event they swim.
Awards will be handed out at the awards ceremony following the race. No award will be mailed automatically. For a fee of $10 we will mail your award upon your request.
Fort Ritchie Community Center
14421 Lake Royer Drive
Cascade, MD 21719
There will be Camping at the race site for the cost of $5.00 per tent. Camping will be located outside the Fort Ritchie Community Center and will have access to exterior bathroom stalls throughout the evening. We appreciate the Fort Ritchie Community Center for making this arrangement possible!
Thurmont, MD about 15 minutes from the race site
Hagerstown, MD about 20 minutes from the race site
Waynesboro, PA about 10 minutes from the race site