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OV Mermaid Festival Open Water Swim, 5K Beach Run/Walk & 1 Mile Family Fun Run

Sat June 22, 2024 Norfolk, VA 23503 US Directions


2 Mile Open Water Swim

12:00PM EDT - 1:30PM EDT

1 Mile Open Water Swim

12:00PM EDT - 1:30PM EDT

5K Beach Run/Walk

12:00PM EDT - 1:30PM EDT

1 Mile Family Fun Beach Run/Walk

1:30PM EDT - 2:30PM EDT

1 Mile 4-Person RELAY

1:30PM EDT - 2:15PM EDT

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100 W Ocean View Ave
Norfolk, VA US 23503


Join us for Ocean View's 2nd Annual Mermaid Festival on Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 12pm to 5pm at Ocean View Beach Park.

All swim and 5K participants receive a swag bag, tee-shirt and finishers medal!  

1 mile family fun run finishers receive a mermaid medallion!

Featuring 1 & 2 mile open water swims,  **just added** 1 Mile 4-person relay, a 5K beach run, 1 mile free family fun run followed by the Mermaid Festival - filled with 15 local vendors, artists, & local talent plus a ticketed beer garden where you can sample more local Virginia breweries finest new brews! We will have live entertainment with DJ KO and Brandon Bower Band playing live this year! 

In a partnership with Presenting Mermaid Majesty Sponsor Coastal Virginia Brewery Alliance, we are hosting OV's first craft beer festival! 20+ local breweries will showcase their best!  This is a separate, ticketed event.  Visit to purchase your ticket.

Whether you want to run, swim or enjoy a brew down the coastline, the annual Ocean View Mermaid Festival is the place to be!  

The open water swims are a triangle loop. Participants will swim out and then around three sets buoys for the 1 mile and 2 mile races. Race swag included for all participants at packet pick up/concluding the event. Public parking available. This event has something for everyone from elite swimmers to beginners. 

Proceeds benefit local non-profits and sports organizations in Hampton Roads.    The 1 mile relay proceeds will benefit Special Olympics!

Course:  Ocean View Beach Park
Start and finish: 100 W Oceanview Ave.  Norfolk, VA 23503
Open Water Swim Route: Triangle loop

5K Beach Run/Walk - 1.55 miles east down the beach & back, starting and finishing at Ocean View Beach Park. As this is a public beach, please be respective of others enjoying the beach on June 22nd.  

1 Mile Family Fun Run/Walk - All ages welcome.  Free annual event!  You will start and stop at the same area.  

Packet Pickup:  Mudita Cafe (9647 1st View St, Norfolk, VA 23503), Friday June 21st, 2024 5:00PM - 7:00PM.

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