This is the 16th annual event, which involves an open water swim in the Atlantic Ocean along
beautiful Jacksonville Beach, finishing just north of the iconic Jax Beach Lifeguard Station.
There are three distances to choose from again this year. The 1k swim is perfect for someone just
starting open water swimming. The 2k is the traditional 1.25 mile swim that has been a standard all
these years. We will again offer the 5k swim; every swimmer in this event will receive a finisher
medal. Pick your distance and join us!
As always, there will be support kayaks and lifeguards along the way.
Early registration pricing ends two weeks before the race; price goes up $5 after that! Online
registration will close on Thursday night before the race, but you can still register at packet pick-up
on Friday night or on race morning.
This event supports the Jacksonville Beach Volunteer Life Saving Corps and is supported by the
City of Jax Beach Ocean Rescue.
Packet Pickup will be from 5-7pm on Thursday Aug 12 and Friday Aug 13 at the Jax Beach
Lifeguard Station (at the end of Beach Blvd). Park in the Public parking lot by Latham Park, right
across from Four Points by Sheraton. (Note: it is paid parking starting at 10am on Saturday, so if you
are going to be later than that, you may want to prepay using the Park-Mobile app on your phone or
use the kiosk).
Enter the station through the south door (adjacent to the parking lot for the Four Points Hotel), and
exit through the east door.
You will be assigned a bib number to correspond to your timing chip that will be worn on your ankle
for the race. These will be provided in your packet, along with your t-shirt (if ordered) and some
further instructions. (These chips are disposable, so we will not need to take them off when you
finish the race.)
Look up your bib number on the list we will post, and go to the corresponding table to pick up your
If you are unable to pick it up on either of those days, it will be available beginning at 6:15 am on
race morning, until 7am. Enter the training room from the South door and you will exit through
the east door. (same instructions as those doing pre-race pickup)
If you have picked up your packet, plan to arrive before 7am on race morning.
There will be no pre-race briefing unless something has changed that we would need to announce to everyone. Please ask questions now.
We will be setting up tents on the beach at the finish line; if you want to leave your gear there while you swim, please know we cannot be responsible for lost items, but we will try to watch the area.
We will ask that you proceed to your race start location in enough time to get there before the 8am
Time to start walking to your start location:
7:15 2k swimmers gather and start walking to race start, to approx 16th ave S.
7:30 1k swimmers gather and start walking to race start, to approx 8th ave S.
7:40 5k swimmers get to start line just north of the lifeguard station
All races will start simultaneously at 8am, so please get to your start point on time!!
At the finish, we will have wrapped granola snacks, fruit cups and water and Gatorade. There will be
a tent to get out of the sun.
If the weather is yucky, and the race has to be cancelled, you can still swim at your own risk on
another day and be counted as a virtual swimmer. Hopefully it will not come to that.
If you get in trouble out there:
There will be water support on paddleboards, surfboards, and kayaks, and we will have jet skis in
the water. If you need assistance, wave one arm in the direction of one of the water craft. If you need
to rest, you may not make forward progress with the craft. If you need to exit the water, you MUST
report to me or the timing tent and turn in your name.