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The power of Stoke is very strong and the spirit of this event, one that is shared by our many followers and participants, cannot be so easily deterred, even in these trying times. A winner is anyone who takes great adversity and turns it into great achievement!. In fact, that is the essence of STGO and the legacy and inspiration that Grey Liston left behind eight years ago, in the way he lived his life and took on each day. Our mission is to pass on that spirit and to enable the education and participation of future swimmers and divers through scholarship.

The Stoked To Go Out Race Team.


Race direction will be determined on race day and announced at check-in at Wrightsville Beach Park. Due to COVID-19 concerns, we will not offer shuttle transportation from Wrightsville Beach Park to the race start, or back from the race finish this year. Please plan accordingly.

We will not be transporting bags from the race start to the finish. Please make a plan for your belongings or do not bring anything to the start with you.

Swimmers must be 11 years old on race day to participate.


AWARDS will be given in the following categories:  

Overall Male, Overall Female, Overall Masters Male (40+), Overall Masters Female (40+)

Top 3 male and female in the following age groups:  

11-12, 13-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over


All registered swimmers will be required to wear the race swim cap and timing chip provided. The timing chip must be returned at the finish of the race. The course will be patrolled on the beach by the super awesome Ocean Beach Rescue lifeguards, race marshals in kayaks in the water, and the US Coast Guard. Race day decisions by any of these individuals will be for your safety. To ensure all swimmers are accounted for, anyone deciding not to race after picking up their packet or who exit the water during the race prior to the finish must report to the finishing beach to notify a race official and to return your timing chip. 


Mid-May Wrightsville Beach water temperature is typically in the low 70’s.

  • If the water temperature is 67.9 degrees or lower – wetsuits will be required.
  • If the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees – Participants opting to wear a wetsuit will be assessed a 3-minute penalty. 
  • If the water temperature is 78.1 degrees or higher – wetsuits are prohibited.


In the event of inclement weather, the Grey Liston Memorial Swim will be postponed in hopes the bad weather will pass. If it does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers. rest assured your entry fee is going towards putting on a safe and fun event and all proceeds will find their way into the Grey Liston Endowment Scholarship for the UNC Wilmington Swim & Dive program.


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