Swim Fest Fort Ritchie
It’s with a heavy heart that we have come to the decision to cancel this race for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. We look forward to producing this race in 2021 and beyond. Please click the “Cancellation Page” button to learn more.
Saturday, May 23, 2020 • 8:00am Saturday, July 18, 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
Contact: Race Director, Ken Racine Ken@RacineMultiSports.com 301-991-0461
Status: RACE CANCELED
Welcome to the official site of the 9th 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!
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
Post Race Food
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
Competitors will exit the water after each lap and will run along the beach, then down a pier, and jump back into the water off the pier to start their next lap.
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.
Course Support: We will have water and sport drink at the finish line. We will also have food items including Jersey Mike’s at the finish line for volunteers and participants only.
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||$35.00||$35.00||$35.00||$50.00||$65.00|
|Tier 1 Registration||$40.00||$40.00||$40.00||$55.00||$70.00|
|Tier 2 Registration||$45.00||$45.00||$45.00||$60.00||$75.00|
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 purchased race insurance during registration you will need to contact the provider directly to determine if you are eligible for a refund. To submit a Refund Application visit this link https://refund.bookingprotect.com/. The General Customer Service link is http://bookingprotect.com/contact-us/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate this process.
- Races not sold out, you will receive a 75% coupon credit until 10 days prior to the event.
- Races sold out or within 10 days of the event, there is no coupon offer for cancellations.
- 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).
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 $15, 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.
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. You will have to create an account the first time you visit a PASS photo link.
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.
Course Record Holders:
Male: Zachary Smith 7:51 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 8:49 (2014)
Male: Zachary Smith 16:46 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 18:40 (2014)
Male: Zachary Smith 25:35 (2019)
Female: Megan Martin 28:21 (2014)
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