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1.2 Mile Bay Swim

Sat July 13, 2024 Directions


1.2 Mile Bay Swim

$65 3:00PM EDT - 3:45PM EDT Price increases after May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

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This is RACE #1in 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. Triple Crown Swimmers who register for all three swims will get a TC Award. All three swim times are combined for everyone and the top 5 male and female overall with the low net score will get an additional overall prize. 

This is a perfect training swim for participants who are registered for Cedar Island 5K Swim on August 25th!  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 140 swimmers will give you the confidence for a safe and successful race for both events.  Athletes receive a swim cap, chip timing, Finisher's Towel, 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.

NEW! PICK UP AT THE AVALON COMMUNITY HALL from 1:00pm-2:30pm PARKING AT THE AVALON YACHT CLUB FOR VOLUNTEERS ONLY. Local FREE Parking is available on any street. There is a shuttle that leaves from the Community Hall and takes you to the swim start at the 5th Avenue Pubic Dock and 20th Street. We will have a bag drop for anything that you would like transported to the AYC for post swim. Please no valuables in bags.There will be a shuttle to take you back to your cars parked at the Community Hall. 

A bib list will be emailed/texted (if you sign up for the alert) Friday, July 12th. 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. 

SWIM TEMPERATURE is typically upper 60s and wetsuit legal. You may wear a swim buoy! 

We will have TWO SHUTTLES  to the swim start. NO GEAR BAGS on the shuttle to the race start.  Only take what you need for your swim! Shuttle has 15 people per trip. (Swimmers only) and runs every 10 minutes starting at 1:30pm. Last ride is 2:40pm. Do not plan on this last minute shuttle.  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. It is ab out 1.5 miles. Starting at the hall, head west down 30th Street until Ocean drive.Turn right and go down 1/2 mile and turn left 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 some parking down in this area if you choose to get dropped off there and have your friends/family watch you start the race. They can follow you along Ocean Drive but they cannot park at the AYC to see you finish. They may park near there and walk onto the grounds to see you finish. 

**DO NOT GATHER AT THE SWIM START DOCK UNTIL 2:45pm. 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. *2:55PM 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. There is a a mandatory 60 minute time limit to finish the swim. 

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 DOCK SIDE on the right side of the bay 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 2:30 PM 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. You do not have to round this buoy.  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 one of the three the ladders.  YOU MUST REMOVE YOUR OWN TIMING CHIP ONCE YOU HAVE EXITED UP THE RAMP AT AYC and you will then receive your finisher's towel.

Dropped bags will be lined up according to number for you to pick up.  AWARDS approximately 3:45pm to the top 5 overall male and female, masters, and grand masters. Nemos Pizza, Kohlers Bakery cream donuts, and water post swim!

Shuttles will run back to the Community Hall from 3:45pm-4:45pm.

Proceeds go to the Avalon Fire Rescue Water Safety Team. Without both of their support, we would not be able to have our swims. Thank you for joining us for the charity event!

Race director reserves the right to change, alter, or cancel the event. 

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1.2 Mile Bay Swim Course Map

Time trial swim start at 20th Street and 5th Avenue Public Dock, Jump or dive off the dock into the open bay, swim right and head east down 20th Street/Princeton Harbor

Left turn around orange buoy at 20th Street and Ocean Drive

Left turn in the corner of 7th Street and Ocean Drive. There is NO buoy to round here.

Buoy in front of the Avalon Yacht Club for sighting, you do not have to round this buoy. 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. 


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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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