Men And Women In The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

Men And Women In The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim

Judging by how fast the field fills up, the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim is the most popular open water swim in America. It is a credit to its organizers, the local community and its volunteers for maintaining its prestige over the years.

The longer and older of the two events on race day – the 4.4-mile mile maxes out within minutes – while the shorter event is a great introduction for those new to the sport.

In 2010, the 691 athletes in the 4.4-mile race were 33% female and 67% male which is right around the average for the male-female percentages of open water swims in the United States. But the race skews slightly older than the average American open water swim.

On the women’s side:
1% are 15-19 years
7% are 20-29 years
9% are 30-39 years
10% are 40-49 years
5% are 50-59 years
1% are over 60 years

On the men’s side:
1% are 16-20 years
4% are 20-29 years
15% are 30-39 years
25% are 40-49 years
17% are 50-59 years
5% are over 60 years

Interestingly, on the shorter swim with 443 athletes in 2010, 51% were female and 49% were male with the following age break-down:

On the women’s side:
4% are 9-14 years
3.5% are 15-19 years
7% are 20-29 years
10.5% are 30-39 years
17.5% are 40-49 years
6% are 50-59 years
2.5% are 60-69

On the men’s side:
3.5% are 9-14 years
3% are 15-19 years
6% are 20-29 years
10.5% are 30-39 years
17% are 40-49 years
7% are 50-59 years
2% are 60-69 years

This year’s Great Chesapeake Bay Swim will be on June 12th when another open water swimming classic will take place.

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