Swim Fest Fort Ritchie – Details

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2020 • 8:00am
Location: 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD 21719
Type: Open water swim competition
Distance: 750 Meters, 1500 Meters, and/or 2250 Meters

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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
7:30am Pre-Race Meeting
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 your 2019 Swag. Click on images below to enlarge.


The award categories are the same for 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+  (3 deep)

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 $12, 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!

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