Swim Fest Fort Ritchie

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Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022 • 8:00am
Location: 14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD 21719
Type: Open water swim competition
Distance: 750 Meters, 1500 Meters, and/or 2250 Meters
Contact: Race Director, Ken Racine Ken@RacineMultiSports.com 301-991-0461
Status: Registration for 2023 will open on November 1.

Athlete Guide
Participant Tracking

Welcome to the official site of the 11th Annual Swim Fest Fort Ritchie, presented by Racine MultiSports.

Description: This Swim competition has three distances (plus options to combine events for longer distance). Event takes place at Lake Royer, at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, MD…..just 20 minutes from Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD, and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC. Fort Ritchie is a private residential and commercial community. The property is a beautiful venue for multisport racing and will also host the Fort Ritchie Duathlon in May and the Fort Ritchie Triathlon in August. Water temp is usually between 65 and 72 degrees. Wetsuits will be allowed with water temps below 78.1 degrees.

Race Limit: 450 participants

Giving: Swim Fest Fort Ritchie will help support the Fort Ritchie Community Center. The Non-Profit Center strives to create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources to enhance the quality of life for the residents and users of Fort Ritchie and surrounding communities.


What do you get for your entry?

  • Well organized and professional event, of course!
  • Finisher Medal
  • Free Race Photos. See photo page here of past races.
  • Race Technical T-Shirt with choice to upgrade to a custom embroidered beach towel.
  • Swag Bag of goodies
  • Custom Awards
  • Post Race Food
  • Real-Time Results
  • Meeting other athletes and establishing new friends!!!


Swim Course: The swim course will be in Lake Royer and will be a 750 meter course.

750 meter race: complete one lap
1500 meter race: complete two laps
2250 meter race: complete three laps

Participants will not get out of the water in between laps as in years past. Participants will get out of the water after their swim and finish on land. See course map for more details.

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.

Waves: New for 2023, swim waves will be based on your estimated 100 meter swim time (4 lengths of a 25 meter pool). The faster swimmers will be seated in wave 1, next fastest in wave 2, and so one. Total number of waves will be based on total participants. We will limit each wave to 50 swimmers. For reference, the World record for 100 meters is just under 45 seconds, with the average swimmer being about 2 minutes. You will be asked for this time when registering. The range of responses is limited to 45 seconds up to 3 minutes. You will be able to update your time up until we are inside 10 days from the event.

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.

Course Support: We will have water at the finish line. We will also have food items including Jersey Mike’s at the finish line for volunteers and participants only.

Lake Royer Water Temperature on day of Race

2021: 70º
2017: 64º (Out of season cold snap came through)
2016: 70º
2015: 71º
2014: 71º
2013: 70º
2012: 72º

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This race is not sanctioned by USAT, so there are NO additional sanction charges for this race.

Pricing includes cotton/poly blend race t-shirt, custom swim cap, custom finisher medal, food, and free race photos.

Pricing Tier Date Range 750 Meter 1500 Meter 2250 Meter Combine 2 Events Combine All 3 Events
Early Registration Nov 1 – Dec 31 $40.00 $40.00 $40.00 $55.00 $70.00
Tier 1 Registration Jan 1 – Mar 15 $45.00 $45.00 $45.00 $60.00 $75.00
Tier 2 Registration Mar 16 – May 25 $50.00 $50.00 $50.00 $65.00 $80.00
Final May 26 – Race Day  $55.00 $55.00 $55.00 $70.00 $85.00

Refund Policy: Racine MultiSports does not offer refunds for this race, however race insurance is available for purchase during registration.

If you are unable to race and did not buy insurance you can cancel your registration and receive a coupon to use towards another Racine MultiSports race within 12 months of your race date.  The coupon value is determined below. The cancellation offer will expire when we are 10 days out from the race or closer. Contact us at shannon@racinemultisports.com to initiate this process.

Coupon rules:

  1. Races not sold out, you will receive a 75% coupon credit up to 10 days prior to the event.
  2. Races sold out or within 10 days of the event, there is no coupon offer for cancellations.
  3. The coupon value will be deducted from the fee you are paying for a future race. You will owe any balance due over the coupon value. (example: if the race is $75.00 and your coupon value is $50.00 then you will need to cover the $25.00 difference).
  4. This policy only only applies to the race entry fee,  not USAT or registration processing fees.


Race Site:
Fort Ritchie Community Center
14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD 21719



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)


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 $20, we will mail your award upon your request.

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.

Swag: Here is the 2022 Swag.

Optional Embroidered Beach Towel – $15 upgrade instead of t-shirt, $25 to purchase in addition to t-shirt


FREE Photos – Our Gift to You!

Racine MultiSports would like to show our appreciation to our loyal fans by providing you with free race photos!  That’s right…FREE!

We will be providing you with all the digital photos taken by Hypnotic Imagery at our events.  You will be able to view, download and share your race photos by visiting the link provided below.

Please realize that with this offer we cannot ensure to capture you in each phase of the race. Additionally we will not be able to separate your photos by bib number.  You will have to scroll through the race photos to find your photos.  But we feel that is a way better deal than having to pay for race photos.

2022 Photos
2021 Photos
All Years Photos


2022 Results
2021 Results – with finish video
All Years Results

Course Record Holders:

750 Meter
Male: Zachary Smith 7:51 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 8:49 (2014)

1500 Meter
Male: Zachary Smith 16:46 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 18:40 (2014)

2250 Meter
Male: Zachary Smith 25:35 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 28:21 (2014)


For Full Highlights Video CLICK HERE


Camping is no longer permitted at this location. The new owners are working on a plan for camping but it will not be in time for this event.

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




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