Come join us for Race #3 in our final event of the TKC open water Summer Swim Series TRIPLE CROWN. Race #1 is the 1.2 Mile Bay Swim in July and Race #2 is Cedar Island 5K Swim in August. Everyone that completes all three races gets a Triple Crown Award. All finish times will be combined for the three events for everyone and the top 5 male and female low net scores will win an additional prize and we will crown an overall champion.
A point to point 1.2 mile bay swim that will is a TIME TRIAL START format based on your estimated swim time.. FASTEST swimmers will enter the water first and there's will self seed accordingly to your estimated finish time and where you feel most comfortable. The swim course is on the back half of the Cedar Island 5K Swim. This is a great event to familiarize yourself with open water swimming with a group in a protected bay, the surroundings and key site locations on it. Our goal is to provide an opportunity that will give you the confidence for safe and successful swimming events. it feels like an epic training group swim with your friends! Swim buoys are allowed during the event. It is typically wetsuit legal.
The September SWIM START is at the 23rd Street Public Dock on Ocean Drive. From the AYC you exit the club and go to the end of 7th Street and Ocean Drive. Turn right and head south down Ocean Drive until you get to the 23rd Street on the right. We are entering the water just after high tide, so you can expect a much from the current and quick finish at the end!
Athletes will receive the following items: custom event branded swim cap, chip timing, and an amazing, comfortable, warm, premium TULTEX HOODIE!! Yes, you read that right. A top notch pull over hooded sweatshirt is the give away. If you want another tee shirt, you will have to get it at another event. The custom event DeFeet socks that you know and love are available this year for a $25 donation. We are a non profit organization and 100% of our proceeds and your donations go to charity.
12:30-2:00 PM: 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 swim times by the youth club house that is located on your left when you entered the lot. A bib list will be emailed September 16th. Please self body mark your number on your left hand clearly and visible prior to arriving and check in at the AYC. We have a gear drop on site to leave for your post swim needs.
WE WILL HAVE A COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE AGAIN running every 15 minutes, starting at 1:15pm un til 2:15pm. Plan your pick up time accordingly to your swim start time. How do I get to the swim start if I do not want to take the shuttle? Have someone drop you at 23rd Street 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.) We will have s sneaker/sandal drop area at the swim start and bring these back to the AYC for you!. Participants will remain on the 23rd Street area prior to be called to the dock staging area. Things will move quickly so be prepared to jump in the bay. Swimmers will self seed according to swim time when entering the water, seeding the faster swimmers. Do not worry if you are at the end, your time starts once you cross the timing mat prior to entering the water. There is a 45 minute cut off time to complete the swim and finish at the Avalon Yacht Club. 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.
*DO NOT GATHER AT THE SWIM START DOCK AFTER PICK UP UNTIL 2:15 PM. There is no warm up swim!! 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.
*2:15 PM 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. BE AWARE of conditions on both sides of you.On water safety patrol will be there to guide you under the middle of the 21st Street bridge. BE AWARE of the pilings on both sides of you, as well as potential swimmers next to you. SITE and know your surroundings. DO NOT swim or make other swimmers go into the bridge pilings!! Stay in the middle, there will be room for everyone with the proper seeding times. Once you pass under the bridge you will then swim on the right side of the bay/dock side. Be aware of other potential on water activity besides other swimmers in the event.
We will have awards for the top 5 overall male and female finishers, masters, and grandmasters. NO age group awards. Thank you for joining us for our final swim event! Can the summer really be over?
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE A PARTICIPATION CAP OF ONLY 120 SWIMMERS, AND WE ONLY HAVE 120 HOODIES. IF YOU WANT A PARTICULAR SIZE THAT FITS YOU PERFECTLY, SIGN UP EARLY BEFORE THEY ARE GONE.
ALL proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Philadelphia Region