Swim the Loop

Sun September 29, 2019 Wilmington, NC US 28403 Directions
Frequently asked Questions

CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE?

Swim The Loop 3.5 is for intermediate to the advanced swimmer and this event is considered an endurance event. The distance exceeds 5K (3.1 miles) and with tide changes and time cut-offs the novice swimmer may find this swim a bit challenging for their level.

Mott's Channel Sprint is meant for the beginner to advanced swimmer.  The distance is 1.3 miles and can take anywhere from 25 minute to 60 minutes to complete.  The tide change is not as noticeable in this swim making it easier than Swim The Loop.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED?

There is no thick black line to follow on this course or clear water to see all; so please utilize caution. Respect the water and the water will respect you. Throughout the course there are all sorts of marine life that live in the waters in which YOU will be swimming. You will be guided through the safest route around Harbor Island or point to point. Swimming off course can result in shallow marshy waters or close contact with docks and pilings. The shallow waters, docks, pilings contain barnacles and/or oysters that can harm you. If you need to rest or need aid raise your hand and help will come. In case of inclement/dangerous weather the race will be canceled and/or swimmers will be pulled out of the water. Safety is always first.

HOW IS THE COURSE MARKED AND ARE THERE AID STATIONS?

The course will be marked with 60" round orange marker buoy's, which are sight buoys and can be passed on either side. There will be an anchored boat at miles 1, 2, and 3 with water, CLIFF gels, and Gatorade. There will be at least 1 kayaker/SUPer (stand up paddle boarder) between each buoy. One kayaker or SUPer will be with the lead swimmer and another will be with the last swimmer.

CAN I WEAR A WETSUIT?

Carolina Swim Series – Wetsuit Rules

For all Carolina Swim Series races, the following wetsuit guidelines will be followed:

1) If the water temperature is 67.9 degrees or lower – wetsuits will be required.

2) If the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees – wetsuits will be optional (see below for details).

3) If the water temperature is 78.1 degrees or higher – wetsuits are prohibited.

Optional wetsuit usage: Participants opting to wear a wetsuit when the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees, will be assessed a 3-minute penalty for the five shorter races and a 6-minute penalty for the longer races.

WHAT TYPES OF WEATHER CONDITIONS/WATER TEMPERATURES CAN I EXCEPT FOR RACE DAY?

Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach is beautiful in the months of September and October. The race will take place a day into the fall season and hurricane season does not end until November 30th. The average air temperature is 75° with an average water temperature of 75-79°. The average wind speed is between 5-10 mph and usually comes from the Southwest. On race morning the expected sunrise is 7:04am with a high tide of 5.75ft at 8:11am.

DOES THIS RACE BENEFIT ANY ORGANIZATION?

Yes,  A portion of the race proceeds will go to the North Carolina Coastal Federation. We firmly believe in the importance of taking care of our coastline, since that is something that cannot be recreated. The funds will be allocated for restoration and environmental education work. Currently, the Coastal Federation is working with the Town of Wrightsville Beach and many coastal towns throughout NC on projects to preserve our clean swimming waters.

WHEN IS PACKET PICK-UP?

Packet pick-up will be Saturday 9/28 from 4:00-7:00pm at Dockside Restaurant. Packet pick-up will also be on Sunday 9/29 from 6:00-7:15am at Dockside Restaurant, race site. At packet pick-up you will receive your pre-race bag with your race cap, timing chip, race shirt, and swag.

Event information and updates will be sent out by email to all registered swimmers prior to race day.

IS THE PRE-RACE MEETING MANDATORY?

Yes. There will be a meeting Saturday night at 6:00pm for Swim The Loop /6:30pm for Mott's Channel Sprint and one final meeting Sunday morning at 7:00am.  The meeting will go over course logistics, safety and tips on what to expect. It will last 20 minutes.  Saturday's and Sunday’s location will be at Dockside.

WHAT IF THE RACE IS CANCELED?

If the event is canceled due to inclement weather prior to event weekend or morning of, no refunds will be issued. Registered swimmers will receive a 50% credit towards the 2020 race.

WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?

We do not allow rollovers to future year’s races BUT you can transfer to another person if you wish to do so.

-Refund amount is based on time of request and base entry fee paid less a $5 administrative fee.

-Refund deadline for full refund (minus $5) – now through 6/30/19, 11:59pm

-Refund deadline for half refund (minus $5) – 7/01/19 through 8/15/19, 11:59pm

-NO refunds after 8/15/19

WHAT ARE THE AWARDS LIKE?

Top 3 overall males

Top 3 overall master males (40 and above)

Top 3 overall females

Top 3 overall master females (40 and above)

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE?

SWIM THE LOOP 3.5

The youngest age allowed will be 16. If you’re 16-17 years old you will need parental consent which will be found on the wavier and release form. Your age classification is determined by your actual age on the day of the race (9/29/19).

MOTTS CHANNEL SPRINT 1.3

Open to all novice, intermediate and advanced swimmers aged 11 and older.  Age determination for this event is based on actual age the day of the race (9/29/19).

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

We need skilled kayakers and stand-up-paddle boarders.

We will also need general volunteering for race management, which will take place at Dockside Restaurant.