Inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival

Sun July 14, 2019 Atlantic City, NJ US 08401 Directions
Events

Pilot Whales 400M

6:00PM EDT - 8:00PM EDT

Green Whales 2K

6:30PM EDT - 8:00PM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://greenwhales.org.

Place
3401 Fairmount Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ US 08401
Description

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!

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Race Information

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.

Fees & Fundraising Requirements

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.

Fundraising

Fundraising is not required; however it is greatly appreciated. A paper Fundraising Form is available and the participant can provide the donor with a Donation Receipt.

Caps & Markings

Caps

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.

Markings

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.

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