In order to use RunSignup, your browser must accept cookies. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for races or use other functionality of the website. However, your browser doesn't appear to allow cookies by default.
If you still see this message after clicking the link, then your browser settings are likely set to not allow cookies. Please try enabling cookies. You can find instructions at https://www.whatismybrowser.com/guides/how-to-enable-cookies/auto. If you still have issues after this, please contact us.
Additional race information can be found at http://greenwhales.org.
The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is an international event hosting athletes from around the globe for the 54th Around the Island Marathon, the Inaugural Green Whales 2K and the Inaugural Pilot Whales 400M.
The Inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is being brought to Atlantic City, NJ by Green Whales Inc. to honor the late Jim Whelan and to support the Whelan’s Whales swim lesson and water safety program.
Jim Whelan is a former NJ Senator, Mayor of Atlantic City, member of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, Atlantic City teacher, and Atlantic City High School Swim Coach. Jim was a national distance swimmer and has taught countless Atlantic City children how to swim. To say that Atlantic City and swimming were a major part of Jim’s life just isn’t enough. This festival is a great time to get the whole family involved, introduce the love of open water racing to youngsters and see some great swimmers compete in a legendary event.
The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival will bring the 54th Around the Island Marathon (22.75 miles) back to the Atlantic City waters. In addition, the Green Whales 2K and the Pilot Whales 400M will be available.
The Around the Island Marathon, which started in 1953, has been dormant since 2006. The current record holder, as documented on marathonswimmers.org, is Stéphane Gomez, from France, set in 2004 with a time of 6:37.09.
Green Whales Inc is a NJ Non Profit 501(c)(3) that funds Whelan’s Whales, the Greenheads Swimming age group swim team, and the Greenheads Special Olympics swim team. Whelan’s Whales is a free swim lesson and water safety program provided to the children of Atlantic City. This program is run with Jim Whelan’s belief that all children living on the island should learn to swim and be safe in the water. Whelan’s Whales was created by the owners and staff of the Brigantine Aquatic Center in 2017. Local coaches, lifeguards, and older athletes have taught over 300 children to swim in 2018, the inaugural year. In addition, to this wonderful program the Greenheads Special Olympics swim team was added to the Greenheads Swimming family as a free program to special needs children. Our Greenheads age group swim team has been a nonprofit team since 2002, providing year round scholarships and financial assistance to numerous athletes in Atlantic County.
All proceeds and fundraising from the festival’s three events will help support the Whelan’s Whales program and the Atlantic City youth in their swimming and water safety success!
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
The Inaugural Pilot Whales 400M will be immediately following the 54th Around the Island Marathon on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
All races will start and finish at the Atlantic City High School Boat House 3401 Fairmount Avenue Atlantic City, NJ 08401. Check-in, same day race registration, and the awards party will be at the same location.
Pilot Whales 400M
Pre-Registration pricing, $25, ends on June 15, 2019. Athletes can still pre-register after June 15, 2019 via our online registration but will be paying “Race Day” prices. The “Race Day” registration price is $30 and starts on June 16, 2019.
Green Whales 2K
Pre-Registration pricing, $30, ends on June 15, 2019. Athletes can still pre-register after June 15, 2019 via our online registration but will be paying “Race Day” prices. The “Race Day” registration price is $35 and starts on June 16, 2019.
Caps will be provided at check-in/registration and must be worn by all participants. Athletes will not be permitted on the dock or to get in the water unless this cap is on.
All swimmers will be marked as follows by the Festival Personnel with their Competition Number: Vertically down each arm, horizontally across each shoulder, and horizontally across each hand.
Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit will be marked: Horizontally across each hand and vertically down the top of each foot.
Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.