Sun August 23, 2020 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


11:30AM EDT - 1:20PM EDT
Race Website

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

704 7th Street
Avalon, NJ US 08202

Pre race email coming out Friday morning and will confirm your pickup and swim wave times. BIB NUMBERS are up HERE

Beach towels are no longer available for your donation but we still do have some TKC socks! Donate HERE

We are committed to you, our charitable and dedicated swimmers. Thank you for your patience. We are looking forward to an impactful and rewarding day.  Tee shirts sizes are only guaranteed if you register prior to noon on August 11th. LAST DAY TO DEFER your registration is August 14, 2020. Thank you for your understanding in making a prompt decision. 

*****Registration is closed. We have currently have ONE SLOT AVAILABLE for tomorrow. Email Midge@timkerrcharities.org if you are interested in a slot.  Registration only open for Saturday. NO in person race day registration!

Please read the updated protocols, guidelines due to COVID 19 along with the swim safety tips for the event PRIOR to registering for the swim and know that you must follow these guidelines in order to to participate in the swim.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS SAFE AND HEALTHY! 

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 5K swim starts and finishes at Avalon Yacht Club. New this year due to safety guidelines, there will be 10 small waves of 25 swimmers grouped 1-10 with group 1 starting at 11:30 AM with the fastest swimmers and we will work our way back. Waves will go off every 2 minutes. Last wave is 11:50 and all swimmers must be done by 1:20 PM. Things will move quickly so be ready when your wave is called. As you wait on the loading dock, stand on the taped markers 6 feet a part and you will alternate lanes crossing the timing mat and getting into the water. The course is designed to be going with the tide throughout the event! All proceeds from the race will be going to the Philadelphia Treats For Troops, American Legion Post #331, Travis Mills Foundation, Sneakers For Soldiers, No Dog Left Behind, Dog Tag Bakery, and Mission K9 Rescue. Athletes receive an Athlete bag, Tultex custom shirt, custom Defeet socks, silicone swim cap, and a custom finisher's towel. Thank you so very much for the support!!

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP YOURSELF AND OTHERS SAFE AND HEALTHY! You must follow all guidelines in order to participate in this swim. If you do not feel well, please stay home and I will defer or refund your entry fee.

RACE DAY: Packet pick up 8:30 AM-10:45AM 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 at the Avalon Yacht Club. You must wear your mask and practice social distancing!  Check in starts at the front door go the AYC. There will be three lines and cones in each line 6 feet apart. You will have a non contact temperature check, which must be under 100.4 in order to pick up. Hands sanitized. If you arrive earlier than your time slot, remain in your car. If you see an available cone open during your time slot, go ahead and go stand at it. You bib number will then be confirmed along with your ICE contact information. You will then go and tell a volunteer at another station your bib number and they will hand you a bag with everything you need in it. Your athlete bag will contain your swim cap, timing chip and strap to be worn on either ankle, and a disposable mask to be worn while standing on the dock and staging area prior to ever the water. PRO TIP: Once you get on the dock, remove the mask from your ears under your swim cap and hold over your mouth so you can easily throw the mask in the trash can prior to crossing the timing mat and starting your swim time. You must wear the orange swim cap provided in your packet.  Also, in your bag is your tee shirt, socks and custom finisher towel.  SELF MARK YOUR LEFT HAND WITH YOUR BIB NUMBER PRIOR to arrival at pick up. Thank you!

Check in at 8:30 AM BIB #225-250      Wave 10 at 11:48 AM
Check in at 8:45 AM BIB #201-224      Wave 9 at 11:46 AM
Check in at 9:00 AM BIB #176-200      Wave 8 at 11:44 AM
Check in at 9:15 AM BIB #151-175      Wave 7 at 11:42 AM
Check in at 9:30 AM BIB #126-150      Wave 6 at 11:40 AM
Check in at 9:45 AM BIB #101-125      Wave 5 at 11:38 AM
Check in at 10:00 AM BIB #76-100      Wave 4 at 11:36 AM
Check in at 10:15 AM BIB #51-75        Wave 3 at 11:34 AM
Check in at 10:30 AM  BIB  #26-50      Wave 2 at 11:32 AM
Check in at 10:45 AM BIB #1-25          Wave 1 at 11:30 AM

If you and a family member have different pick up times due to you different finish times, email me for a time slot for the both of you. Those local can pick up at my house on Saturday from 3-5 PM. Email me midge@timkerrcharities.org if you would like either of these options.

The 5K swim starts and finishes at Avalon Yacht Club. New this year due to safety guidelines, there will be 10 small waves of 25 swimmers grouped 1-10. NO WARM UP SWIM except for once your group entered the water. IN WATER START with Wave 1 going off at 11:30 AM sharp. Waves will go off every 2 minutes with the final wave off at 11:48 AM. Plan your time accordingly, it is your responsibility to know your wave and start time. Things will move very quickly so be ready when your wave is called. As you wait on the loading dock, stand on the taped markers 6 feet a part and you will alternate lanes crossing the timing mat and getting into the water.  There will be signage with your bib numbers. Do not come to the ramp until your wave is on deck.  MANDATORY 90 minute cut off time or you will be pulled from the course. All  swimmers should  be done by 1:20 PM. Water temperature is typically mid 70s.

PRO TIP: After pick up, there is time to visit local businesses for a light snack if you have an early pickup time prior to your swim start. Bring all your pre and post race gear to AYC. We will have a gear drop but please leave valuables in your car.

There will be no nutrition or hydration provided pre or post event, except for your grab and go amazing Kohlers Cream Donut!! You are responsible to bring what you need for your swim. Do not linger or social gather with other swimmers after you pick up. 

*DO NOT GATHER AT THE SWIM START DOCK UNTIL 11:20 AM. 11:00-11:15 Volunteers will be there with their SUP and kayaks preparing to get on the water for your safety during the swim, with an 11:15 AM  volunteer safety meeting. 

THERE IS NO WARM UP SWIM!! Participants will remain on the dock and in the staying area on the AYC grounds, maintaining social distance, following signage. Masks remain ON until you remove and drop them in the trash can just prior to entering the water. Things will  move quickly so be prepared by having read ALL documents on the race page here and in the pre race email.  Swimmers will be counted in and cross a timing mat. Swimmers will be self seeded according to swim time when entering the water. Maintain social distancing, thus seeding the faster swimmers first so no swimmers are overtaken and passed in the water. There is a 90 minute cut off time to complete the swim and finish at the Avalon Yacht Club which starts when you enter the water so do not worry if your are near the end of the start! Swimmers will exit by a swim ladder located on the end of the large floating dock at AYC. There will be a buoy marking the dock/finish line. Keep this buoy on your right and turn 90 degrees to swim up to the dock ladder. 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.  Maintaining social distance from other finishers. Do not gather, pick up your gear and promptly clear the area.

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 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 buoys in each corner, keeping them on your left shoulder. You will round the last buoy in front of the AYC dock to  your right, with your right shoulder on the buoy and then a direct  straight line into the exit ladder on the dock.

The first four orange buoys you will round LEFT, and the final buoy you will round to the RIGHT. You must go around all buoys!




Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


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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