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Details: This annual community open water swim event typically attracts an average of 150 swimmers split between three different distances. The temperature of the water is typically about 66-68 degrees F with 2019 being an exception with temperatures closer to 60 degrees F. The swim takes place in a calm, protected cove, and is well supported with at least a dozen volunteers in kayaks/paddleboarders. In 2021, cozy unisex t-shirts will be guaranteed for all participants pre-registered by August 1st. Latex swim caps will be provided for all swimmers. If you are allergic to latex, please feel free to bring your own.
Distances: 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Mile
Time: 10:30AM start (Registration/Packet pickup opens at 9:15am)
Location: Collins Cove Beach, Salem, MA. (GPS 102 Webb St. Salem, MA) Collins Cove is located on Webb Street which is off Bridge Street. Follow signs to Salem Willows and you will see us. We are the cove on the left heading towards the Willows.
$25 through 5/10
$30 through 6/15
$35 through 7/5
$40 through 8/6
Race Day: $50
Wave Start Times:
1/2 Mile Start: 10:30AM
2 Mile Start: 10:35AM
1 Mile Start 10:40AM
Top 3 M/F Wetsuit in each swim distance
Top M/F Non-Wetsuit in each swim distance
No Double Dipping
Post Race Festivities: Several packaged food items, fruit and both hot/iced coffee will be available for swimmers. We encourage you to head downtown Salem where there are several restaurants, bars, cafes and boutique shops that are worth checking out. If you’re looking for breakfast or a post-swim beverage we recommend visiting The Derby and/or Brothers Taverna! Just show them your medal, bib or shirt and they’ll take 15% off your food bill!
Parking: Street parking along the beach is limited, neighborhood parking is available. All overflow parking will be at Bentley School Parking lot (25 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA). Athletes, please follow the newly paved walking path directly across from the school parking lot to the race site.
Special Details and Information:
No floaties, fins or paddles allowed. There will be plenty of kayakers, paddleboarders, emergency boats in the water for athlete safety.
In the event there is not enough interest in any one of the distances or categories listed above, event organizers reserve the right to change/cancel or modify the category. In this case, refunds and transfers are eligible.
Distance or Category Changes: If you do change your mind about the category you pre-registered for or the distance you’d like to swim, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance or notify someone at race day registration. A change fee may apply.
Water Temperature Guidelines: FINA’s Open Water Swim rules tell us that the lower limit for water temperature (measured 1 m below the surface) is 16 degrees C (60.8 F). If the water temperature is lower, the event may be shortened or canceled. This figure of 16 degrees C is based on the fact that both male and female swimmers will not experience dangerous declines in body temperature in water temperatures of 16 degrees C or higher when swimming at typical open water race speeds.
The minimum water temperature at which wetsuits are optional is 14 degrees C (57.2 degrees F)
At temperatures less than 12 degrees C (53.6 degrees F) the swim will be canceled.
Race Refunds & Event Cancellation: We understand life happens and things may come up. We’ve implemented a defer and transfer policy for FREE up to a certain date for all B&S events. Transfers or deferments made after said date will incur a small fee for administration purposes. In the case of event cancellation due to public safety, inclement weather, unsafe waters or some other unforeseen power at be due to tide schedules the event will become virtual.
Questions: Please email B&S Event Management at email@example.com or call 978-204-8588.
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