The Murky Mile Open Water Swim Races

Sat August 28, 2021 Salt Lick, KY 40371 US Directions
Join us for Kentucky's Premier Open Water Swim with 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2.4 Mile Competitions!
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1/2 Mile Open Water Swim

$75 9:40AM EDT Registration ends August 27, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT

1 Mile Open Water Swim (The Murky Mile)

$75 9:30AM EDT Registration ends August 27, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT

2.4 Mile Open Water Swim (Ironman Distance)

$75 8:30AM EDT Registration ends August 27, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT

Race Volunteer

$0 7:00AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT Registration ends August 27, 2021 at 8:00pm EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Stony Cove Road
Salt Lick, KY US 40371

Join us for the Annual Murky Mile Open Water Swim Races Presented by Pannell Swim Shop on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at beautiful Cave Run Lake near Morehead, Kentucky.  3 Race Divisions --- 2.4 Mile Iron Distance, 1 Mile "Murky Mile" and 1/2 Mile "Murky Half"

Continuing for 2021 

  • Murky Mile Age Group Awards  The top male and female finisher for the Murky Mile race in the designated age category receives an award.  Age category is based on age on the day of the race.  (There will not be age group awards for the 1/2 Mile and Ironman Distance races.)
    16 & Under, 17-25, 26-35, 36-45, 46-55, 56+
  • Chip Timing & Streaming Live Results - We've partnered with RaceRise to offer chip times and immediate results & scoring again for 2021. 
  • FORM A TEAM FOR OUR MURKY TEAM CHALLENGE - Register and form a team for our Murky Mile Team Challenge.  Your team can be composed of 3 or more (as many as you want) male or female swimmers (no gender restrictions/requirements) all competing in the Murky Mile race division.  Your team score will be the combined individual swimmer's times.  

1/2 Mile, 1 Mile (Signature Race) & 2.4 Mile (Ironman Triathlon Distance) Open Water Swims


The 2.4 Mile Swim will begin at 8:30am with all swimmers going off in one group; swimmers must check in by 8am; mandatory pre-race meeting will be held at 8:20am
The 1 Mile Swim will begin at 9:30am; swimmers must check in by 9am; mandatory pre-race meeting will be held at 9:20am
The 1/2 Mile Swim will begin at 9:45am; swimmers must check in by 9:15am; mandatory pre-race meeting will be held at 9:35am

* There will be body marking and swimmers are required to wear a swim cap (provided by the race) with your athlete number on it.

* Race chips will be handed out (as will shirts and swim caps) on race morning.


The 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2.4 Mile courses are configured in out-and-back style loops, marked by large buoys on the corners and sighting buoys in between.  The 2.4 Mile course is a double loop. The start is in-water, waist deep, and the finish takes place on the beach. 


Current U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern this event. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided, have their race numbers on their arms, and follow all announced safety rules without exception.  Wetsuits/skin suits will be permitted.


Online registration will remain open until Friday, August 27st at 8pm.  After that time the only way to register is in person on race morning beginning at 7am and prior to the start of your race (cash, check, credit card accepted).


The below entry fees cover safety (water craft, EMTs), shirts, finisher's medals, swag, awards, chip timing and post-race food & drink. There are two price increases, the first being on July 2th and the 2nd on August 2th.

1/2 Mile   $55/$65/$75

1 Mile  $55/$65/$75

2.4 Mile  $55/$65/$75


Our 2021 races will be chip timed by Headfirst.  Each swimmer will wear an ankle bracelet with a chip attached.  The races will go off as a gun start and chip finish.  Results will stream online and each participant who provides his/her cell number will receive a text notification at the finish.


For safety reasons, those not able to complete the 2.4 Mile distance in 2 hours 30 minutes are advised not to enter; you will be listed in the results as DNF if you exceed this time. Safety support will be coordinated with professional emergency services and volunteers. Swimmers will be briefed on all safety aspects before the start of the race. Race officials have the authority to postpone or cancel the event for safety reasons.  


There are no refunds or deferrals for this event, no exceptions. In the case of inclement weather or other unexpected circumstances, the race director has the right to cancel the race or shorten the event. In this case there will be no refunds provided. In signing up for this event, the participants are agreeing to these terms.


All swimmers must check in at the starting location at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the race. All swimmers will be required to attend the final pre-race briefing 10 minutes before the start of their race. Failure to arrive on time for the briefing could result in disqualification.




Cave Run Lake --- Our Murky Mile Open Water Races Venue

Cave Run Lake, located south of Morehead, Kentucky, USA along Kentucky Route 801, is an 8,270-acre (33 square km), reservoir built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 148 ft (45 m), half-mile (800 m) dam (and outlet works) construction began in 1965 and was completed in 1973. Cave Run Lake is in the northern part of the Daniel Boone National Forest.  Cave Run Lake provides flood protection to the lower Licking River valley, supplies water to the area's communities, improves the Licking River's water flow conditions, and offers a habitat for various species of fish and wildlife. It is in Rowan, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath counties.

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