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Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Mile Swim & 1 Mile Bay Challenge

Sun June 9, 2024 Stevensville Libby's Coastal Kitchen, MD 21666 US

4.4 Mile Welcome

We are so very excited to host you for the 2024 Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, 4.4 Mile distance. We know that you've been putting in the time in the pool and are pumped that we are just 2 months away from swim day. We wanted to just reach out and let you know that, even with the tragedy of the Key Bridge, our event is 100% a go!! We just had our meeting with the US Coast Guard, and other emergency partners, yesterday, and have been assured that we are good to go !

We will be updating our athlete guide shortly with all of the pertinent times and dates, but as an overview, the general timeline for that morning:

6:30 to 8:30am - Shuttles Start from Park and Ride and Matapeake Schools
7:00am to 9:00am - Packet Pickup, Body Marking, Clothing Drop at Sandy Point
9:00am - Pre Race Meeting
9:30 - Self seeded starts begin
9:45 - All swimmers in water
1030 - Mile 1 Cutoff
1115 - Mile 2 Cutoff
1200 - Mile 3 Cutoff
1245 - Mile 4 Cutoff
1:15 - Race Cutoff
1:30 - Awards
We ALWAYS recommend taking a shuttle over to the start as spectators/vehicles may get stuck in the entry line for the Parks. There are no special lines for swimmers/spectators, and you have to pay a fee to enter the park. 

If you didn't join us for the start last year, be sure to check out the website ( and look at the SELF SEEDED SWIM START tab 

Fuel boats are located at Mile 2 and 3 (don't get too excited... it's water, some gels, some ginger ale... nothing too crazy) 

Personal flotation buoys (pull behind safety buoys) ARE allowed. 

So we just wanted to get you some basic ideas as to where we were at, and answer many of your most pertinent questions. We will be sending out our athlete guide, and some more emails to you soon. Good luck, and keep that yards up! 

As always, any questions please send to or check out

See you on the beach!!

Jason and the BaySwim Team!

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