Sun August 28, 2022 Avalon, NJ 08202 US Directions
Cedar Island 5K Swim is the must do swim event of the open water season.
Voted one of the Top 100 swims in America, the counter clockwise course goes with the current in the beautiful back bays of Avalon, NJ
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$75 9:10AM EDT - 10:40AM EDT Price increases after May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
Race Website

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

704 7th Street
Avalon, NJ US 08202

NEW THIS YEAR. This is the 2nd race of the TKC open water summer swim series: the TRIPLE CROWN! Race #1 is the 1.2 Mile Bay Swim in July and we round our the series in September with the 1.2 mile Point to Point Bay Swim. Race all three events and get a Triple Crown Award.  We will combine everyones times from all three races. Top 5 male and female overall with the lowest net times will get a special award and we will crown a grand champion for 2022.

We are thrilled with the enthusiasm and incredible support for our must do open water charity swim in the Avalon back bays! The World Open Water Swimming Association named the Cedar Island 5K Swim as One of America's Top Open Water Swims. This is a list of the most unique, most popular, most historic, most beautiful, most interesting, and most challenging open water swims across the 50 states of the United States of America. Following criteria is used to determine the list of open water swims. 

1. History 2. Uniqueness 3. Popularity 4. Difficulty 5. Attention to Safety 6. Global geographic distribution

The course is designed to be going with the tide for the beginning and the end of the event! All proceeds from the race will be going to the Philadelphia Treats For Troops, American Legion Post #331, Sneakers For Soldiers, Semper Fido K9 Basics, Dog Tag Bakery, and Mission K9 Rescue. Athletes receive an athlete drawstring bag, choice of a unisex or female styled Tultex tee shirt, custom event Defeet socks, event swim cap, and chip timing. Thank you so very much for the amazing support.

CEDAR ISLAND 5K SWIM GEAR is available for donation! $25 in the donation tab gets you a CI5KS event trucker hat or a pair of our latest edition of TKC socks. You asked and we listened....a $50 donation gets you our TULTEX PREMIUM HOODIE! New this year, you will make your donation for the hoodie in the store. Quantities will be listed by size and a first come first serve basis. Grab them while we got them!

RACE DAY: Packet pick up is 7:15am-8:45am at AYC. PARKING in the back lot on the far right hand side once you enter AYC. Front lot on the left is for on water support volunteers only with their kayaks and SUPs. Port o Pots will be available in the back rear of the parking lot where you parked your cars. If it is full, there is plenty of street parking along 7th Street, Ocean Drive, and in the recreation lot across the street near the tennis courts. It is a short walk to the club.

Check in is at the Avalon Yacht Club.  A bib list will be sent the week prior to the race. Please know your number. SELF YOUR LEFT HAND WITH YOUR BIB NUMBER PRIOR to arrival at pick up. This will help us get everyone in and out quickly at pick up. You bib number will be confirmed along with your ICE contact information. You will then get tour athlete bag with everything you need in it. Your custom athlete bag will contain your event swim cap, timing chip and strap to be worn on either ankle, You must wear the orange swim cap provided in your packet.  Also, in your bag is your event tee shirt and custom Defeet socks.

The 5K swim starts and finishes at Avalon Yacht Club. We are going back to our MASS IN WATER START!  Things will move very quickly so be ready to be called into the water over the timing mat.  MANDATORY 90 minute cut off time that is strictly enforced and if not met, you will be pulled from the course. All  swimmers need to be done by 10:40AM. Water temperature is typically mid 70s and wetsuit legal.  

*DO NOT GATHER AT THE SWIM START DOCK UNTIL 8:50 AM. Volunteers will be there with their SUP and kayaks preparing to get on the water for your safety during the swim. They will have an 8:45 AM volunteer safety meeting on the dock. 

7:45AM Athlete meeting at the youth center.

8:55 AM Swimmers will be counted in and cross a timing mat.There is a 90 minute cut off time to complete the swim and finish at the Avalon Yacht Club. 

This is a counter clockwise course. The back bay is nice and wide along the entire course. On water safety patrol will be there to guide you, especially to help you round the buoys.  SITE and know your surroundings. You will swim out to a WHITE NO WAKE BUOY, then turn left and stay MARSH SIDE for the open inter coastal water way. Once you are on the back bay, you will then swim on the right side of the bay/DOCK SIDE, round the three ORANGE buoys in each corner, keeping them on your left shoulder. There is NO BUOY at the finish line. Go straight line into the exit ladder on the dock. Swimmers will exit by a swim ladder located on the end of the large floating dock at AYC. YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR OWN TIMING CHIP ONCE YOU HAVE EXITED UP THE RAMP AT AYC.  It is recommended to keep your own time if possible to confirm times. This is a charity swim so please be respectful and keep your order upon exit or waiting to climb the ladder.  

The first four orange buoys you will round LEFT. You must go around all buoys! 

We are committed to you, our charitable and dedicated swimmers. We are looking forward to an impactful and rewarding day swimming for charities.




Race Contact Info

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Below are some of the key protocols that we have implemented:

If you or anyone in your family is sick, please stay home.

If you arrive at the Avalon Yacht Club early, please do not walk up to the check-in area alongside the youth deck before your checkin time.Please wait in or by your vehicle in the parking area. 

Please prepare yourself to swim before walking up the to the check-in area.  We will have a gear drop area for you to place a small bag or backpack with your shoes/sandals, towel, cover up/sweatshirt, water bottle and mask while you swim, but please do not bring any large items with you to the swimming area. Keep all valuables in your vehicles. 

Masks must be worn walking from your vehicle to the gear drop area and at check in. You will then be given a disposal mask to be worn in place of your personal one from that moment on: the shuttle to the swim start, and you will remove the mask and dispose of the it just prior to entering the water. Once you complete the swim, exit the water. Then go to the drop gear area to collect your things and replace your personal mask back on and wear it until you promptly return to your vehicles. No gathering post swim, please leave as soon as you have your belongings. 

Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from all other athletes and staff members at all times -- both on land AND in the water

If you see multiple people walking up toward the check-in area when you arrive, please wait a few minutes before walking up to help spread things out and maintain social distancing.  Follow all posted signs and marked spaces on the ground.

We are implementing a contactless check-in procedure this year.  There are no in person registrations. Only entry is on line. There will be no wristbands. A bib number will be posted and emailed to you.  You will self-body mark with your number on his/her left hand before arriving at the check-in tent.  Once your bib number has been validated, you will either wait in your car or maintain social distance until the swim starts. Once you finish swimming, you will return to the check-in area through a separate dedicated exit chute where you MUST confirm check-out, remove your timing chip by yourself and place in the bucket.

Please do not stand and gather with other athletes either on land by the check-in area or water access ramp or in the shallow areas of the water at the finish area
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no complimentary snacks and beverages provided this year.  However, you may bring your own food and water bottle, as needed..

Participants are allowed to swim with a personal safety buoy this year.  These small inflatable devices provide something for you to hold onto in case of an emergency while swimming in open water and make you more visible to other swimmers, boaters and our lifeguards.  Participants are required to wear the provided swim cap.

While wetsuits are not mandatory, they are STRONGLY recommended for slower swimmers.

The swim course is around Cedar Island, with a slight current on the front and back legs of the course. There is a 90 minute cut off once you enter the water. The course will be monitored by Avalon Fire and Rescue Squad along with volunteers on paddle boards, kayaks, and wave runners.  We will also have an EMT on standby.  Should you or a fellow swimmer require assistance while swimming, remove your swim cap and raise your hand above your head. If you hear a long air horn blast at any time while you are swimming, you must swim to the nearest dock and exit the water immediately.




We believe that every athlete should play a role in keeping other athletes, volunteers, staff, and spectators safe at the races. There are four pillars that should guide athlete behavior when we return to racing. They are:

Athlete responsibility
Respect for other athletes, volunteers, staff and spectators
Athlete self-reliance
Observing rules and athlete etiquette

As an athlete looking out for my safety and the safety of others, I will:

Be Responsible
Stay home if I am sick or have been in contact with someone that is sick.
Be Alert! Read all event communication and signage, as it could contain important

information on any new procedures and policies. Follow safety instructions of the race

director and borough officials.
Respect physical distancing and look for any visual cues like tape, signage, and

chalk that mark where I should stand, and how far apart I should be from others.
Utilize proper health and hygiene methods for hand washing, hand sanitizing,

sneezing, and coughing.
Wear a face cover when near others at event venues.
Show-up on time or at my assigned time for activities such as athlete check-in,

shuttle, and swim start.

Respect Others
Avoid spitting or expelling any other bodily fluids near other athletes, volunteers, staff

or spectators.
Give myself and others space!

Be Self-Reliant
Keep my distance. Give my fellow athletes plenty of space at all times
Utilize aid stations only when necessary – Touch only what I need and minimize

touchpoints and interaction with volunteers and other athletes.
Minimize my reliance on volunteer assistance
Encourage friends and family to stay home or spectate safely in low-density

zones, observe physical distancing and to stay home if they are sick or feeling unwell.

Observe Athlete Etiquette
Thank the volunteers! They are out here to help me achieve my dreams.
Consider the safety of others. I will adhere to best practices to protect others.
Respect the host community. I am their guest during race week and I will act like it.
• Thank you for doing your part in making sure our return to racing is safe for all.


                                                   SWIM SAFEY TIPS


At Tim Kerr Charities and the Borough of Avalon, we are extremely safety conscious and work hard to both educate and plan for safety on course. These tips are valuable for beginners and a good reminder to experienced athletes that learning never stops.  

1. Prepare for Race Conditions

Race day should not be your first open water swim. Make sure some of your training replicates real race conditions, including water temperature, proximity to other swimmers, orientation (includes water clarity, depth, and distance perception) and wearing a wetsuit if needed.

2. Race in Shorter Events

Proper training is the best way to reduce anxiety. It's also a good idea to race shorter distance open water swims, as well as join clinics and club activities to prepare yourself for open water conditions. 
For extra guidance, talk to a coach or your local swim or triathlon club.

3. Learn About Course Details

It's important to prepare yourself mentally as well as physically prior to race day. Thoroughly review the race website, event athlete guide, and pre-race communication to familiarize yourself with the course. 
Keep in mind that every body of water is different—The race director will educate you on water currents and conditions.
Study the event schedule to plan for proper arrival and preparation.

4. Ensure Heart Health

As an athlete in training, you should take the proper steps to assess your health with your physician. 
The American Heart Association offer suggestions for cardiac screening of competitive athletes. These include a physical exam as well as an assessment of your family history and personal heart health, and may include a recommendation of additional diagnostic studies. Wherever you live, we recommend you consult with your physician before you race. 

5. Pay Attention to Warning Signs

While training, if you experience chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, light-headedness (dizziness) or blacking out, or have any other medical concerns or symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.
6. Don’t Use New Gear on Race Day

Focus on controlling as many factors as you can on race day. 
You should never race in equipment you haven’t trained in—this is not the time to test new gear.  
Make sure your wetsuit fits properly and that your goggles, swim cap and other accessories work properly. 
Prepare for the unexpected with backups of all your gear. 

7. Warm Up on Race Day 

Arrive early enough on race day for a proper warm-up prior to the start.
If you aren’t able to warm up in the water, which is the case for this training swim, spend between 5 and 10 minutes loosening up your muscles with arm swings and other gentle movements. A light jog or brisk walk can also help increase circulation and prepare your body to race.

8. Check Out the Course

Get comfortable with the course by checking out water conditions, the swim entry and exit layouts, as well as turn buoy colors and locations, if applicable.
Take part in the official practice swim if one is offered. This provides you an opportunity to get oriented with the swim course.
Identify navigation landmarks such as buildings or landscape features to use for sighting in every direction you’ll be swimming.

9. Start Easy – Relax and Breathe

Follow the race day instructions regarding the swim start format that have been provided in the event athlete guide.
This event is a rolling swim start, time trial. One by one entering the water. Don’t overestimate your ability. Please line up in the appropriate position based on anticipated finish time. Instructions to follow with self-seeding times.
Don’t race at maximum effort from the start - ease into your swim.
Relax and focus on your breathing as you settle into a sustainable pace.

10. Be Alert and Ask for Help

In a race setting always stop at the first sign of a medical problem.
You are allowed to stop or rest at any time during the swim. You can rest with the help of the volunteer kayaks, SUP, personal water craft, or even a static object like a raft, buoy, or nearby dock.
If you or a fellow athlete needs help, take off your swim cap, raise it above your head and shout for help to alert a volunteer or the Avalon Fire Rescue safety personnel. 






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