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WE ARE SOLD OUT!! Thank you for the incredible interest and support of our charity swim. We can't wait to see you!
If you were unable to order a hoodie, we will most likely have one post swim for you. And if you did not get the size you wanted, hopefully we can swap it out. We will also substitute a pair of the Defeet socks if you do not get a hoodie and a discount on another one of our swims.
NEW THIS YEAR. This is race #1 in the TKC open water summer swim series: TRIPLE CROWN! Cedar Island is race #2 and the September Point to Point is race #3. in the series. Everyone gets a Triple Crown Award by doing all three events! All three swim times are combined and top 5 male and female overall with the low net score an additional prize.
This is a perfect training swim for participants who are registered for Cedar Island 5K Swim on August 28th! It is a point to point 1.2 mile bay training swim with the current on the back half of the Cedar Island 5K Swim course. This is an event to familiarize you with the end of the course surroundings and key site locations on it, the current, and open water swimming in a group. The Cedar Island 5K Swim can be a little overwhelming with 300 swimmers. This practice swim with a smaller group of 125 swimmers will give you the confidence for a safe and successful race for both events. Athletes receive a swim cap, chip timing, and an event comfy TULTEX HOODIE! I promise that you will love them! The hoodies have already been purchased, and are available first come first served on selecting your size. Don't wait to sign up, as sizes are limited and we SOLD OUT early for last year's event. Our super cool Defeet custom event socks are available as an add on in the store for a $25 donation.
3:30-5:00PM Check in at the Avalon Yacht Club. Please park in the far right side of the lot upon entering the club. You will check in by the youth club house that is located on your left when you entered the lot.
A bib list will be emailed/texted (if you sign up for the alert) Friday, July 8th. KNOW YOUR BIB NUMBER so we can get everyone in a and out quickly from pick up. PRO TIP, please self body mark your bib number on your left hand prior to arriving and check in at the AYC. We have a secure gear drop on site to leave for your post swim needs.
We will have a SHUTTLE again this year, so NO GEAR BAGS from the race start. (as of now, hopefully this changes!) How else can I get to the swim start if I do not want to ride the shuttle? You can have someone drop you at 20th Street and 5th Avenue public dock after you check in and pick up. The other option is walk (or run) to the swim start. (NYC triathlon, PHLY triathlon, and others have done this option.) Exit out the AYC and turn right, head south down Ocean drive.Turn right at the 21st Street light and go over the bridge, stay on 21st Street until you get to 5th Avenue, turn right and go one block, the public dock will be straight in front of you. There is plenty of parking down in this area if you choose to get dropped off there and have your friends/family watch you start the race.
*DO NOT GATHER AT THE SWIM START DOCK UNTIL 5:15 PM. Volunteers will be there with their SUP and kayaks preparing to get on the water for your safety during the swim. Once the dock is cleared, you will self seed by your expected finish times, fastest times on deck on the dock and followed by the times in sequential order. *5:15 am Seeding Swim Times on the dock : Under 25 Minutes, 26-30 Minutes, 31-39, 40-45 Minutes, 45 plus Minutes. The back bay is nice and wide along the entire course.
You will walk down the 5 stairs (all the stairs are out of the water) to the fixed dock below, which is also out of the water. Swim time will start once you cross the timing mat just prior to entering the water thru the posts of the ladder. You may jump or dive into the water. Head out from the dock/cove into the open bay, making sure to clear the docks on your right hand side. Turn right and swim on the right side of the bay/dock side along 20th Street to Ocean Drive where you will make a LEFT TURN around the one and only BUOY on the course. It is a straight line along Ocean Drive which becomes a slight left turn once you reach 7th Street. Follow along 7th Street until you get to the end and arrive at the Avalon Yacht Club for the finish.
THERE IS NO WARM UP SWIM!! Participants will remain on the dock and then down the sidewalk. Things will move quickly so be prepared and ready to swim. Swimmers will be counted in and cross a timing mat at 5:30PMm sharp. Swimmers will self seed according to swim time when entering the water. It will be time trial start seeding the faster swimmers first. There is a 45 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. Please be respectful and keep your order upon exit or waiting to climb the ladder. You may also head up into the cove on the left side of the dock to waist level water and pull yourself out up on to the dock. AWARDS to the top 5 overall male and female, masters, and grand masters.
Proceeds go to the Avalon Fire Rescue Water Safety Team. Without their support, we would not be able to have our swims. Thank you for joining us for the event!
Race director reserves the right to change, alter, or cancel the event.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Time trial swim start at 20th Street and 5th Avenue Public Dock, head out into the open bay and head east down 20th Street/Princeton Harbor
Left turn around buoy at 20th Street and Ocean Drive
Left turn around buoy at 7th Street and Ocean Drive
Right turn around buoy in front of the Avalon Yacht Club and swim up to the finish dock/climb out exit ladder and cross the timing mat on the dock.
Keep walking up the dock and ramp exit. Remove your own timing chip and place in bucket. Receive your finisher's towel. Pick up your gear bag from the gear drop off to the left.
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:
· 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.
· Avoid spitting or expelling any other bodily fluids near other athletes, volunteers, staff or spectators.
· Give myself and others space!
· 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
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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