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13th Annual Barnegat Light Ocean Mile Swim

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13th Annual Barnegat Light Ocean Swim

$50 6:30PM EDT
233 spots left. Registration ends July 25, 2024 at 6:30pm EDT


The Friends of Barnegat Light Beach Patrol is excited to announce the 13th Annual Barnegat Light Ocean Swim. Participation will be limited to ensure a safe and fun race. Sign up now to reserve your spot! Entry fees are $50. We are pleased to offer LBI lifeguards a reduced entry fee of $25. Barnegat Light lifeguards can participate for no charge.
Registration opens to the public on April 7, 2024, at 9:00 am and closes July 25, 2024, at 6:30 pm. 

One mile course, swimmers enter at 30th Street beach, swim north and exit at 16th Street beach. The course is marked with highly visible buoys. Please note the course will be contingent on ocean currents. Starting and finishing points will be finalized on race day.

There will be two (2) heats: Heat 1 — Male / Heat 2 — Female
Heat 2 starts three minutes after Heat 1. All swimmers in Heat 2 will have three minutes deducted from their times, and the adjusted times will be filtered into the overall results.

Swimmers must check in at 16th Street beach in Barnegat Light, NJ, on race day between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. At check-in, swimmers will receive their participant backpack with cap, t-shirt, and timing chip, and will be marked with their participant number. Swimmers only will be transported to the starting line by beach truck. Check-in will close promptly at 6:00 p.m. to ensure an on-time start.

Plaques for the first three overall men and women finishers. Medals for the top three men and women finishes in each age group: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over.
Combined place results of the top four swimmers for a team organization will determine the overall team champion. Teams can include beach patrols, swim clubs, masters swim clubs, and high school or college teams. 

Refreshments will be available after the race. Please bring your refillable water bottle. We use a water filling station to reduce plastic waste. 

Reduced entry fees are available for LBI and Barnegat Light lifeguards ONLY. If you are not a lifeguard, do not register as a lifeguard. We will check participant names against beach patrol rosters. Any participant who registers as a LBI lifeguard but is not an LBI lifeguard will be banned from all future Barnegat Light Ocean Swims.
Wearing a wetsuit will make a swimmer ineligible for awards. 
Please plan for heavy traffic. Saturday afternoons are when most vacation rentals change over, and traffic can get backed up on the causeway and main boulevard. Check-in will end promptly at 6:00 pm to ensure an on-time start. 
The race organizers reserve the right to postpone or cancel the race for any reason. This is a rain-or-shine event, but hazardous weather or ocean conditions could force cancellation or postponement. The only postponement date/time is Sunday, July 28, 2024, at 6:30 pm. Additionally, race organizers and safety coordinators reserve the right to remove swimmers from the course due to unsafe conditions, excess duration of the race, or if the participants are believed to be at risk. 
The Barnegat Light Ocean Mile Swim is a fundraiser for the Barnegat Light Beach Patrol. There will be no refunds. However, registration fees will be credited toward next year's race if the race is canceled.


We Need Your Support!

Can't do the swim? No problem, there are other ways to join in the fun! We need sponsors and volunteers. Please reach out to Bob Preston to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at (201) 819-4012 or

Sign up HERE to volunteer on race day. Thank you for your support, we couldn't do it without you! 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at


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