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Maryland Freedom Swim
Sat, May 11, 2019
1.7 Mile Maryland Freedom Swim
About This Activity
Let's go for a swim!!!!! Who hasn't driven over the Frederick C Malkus Jr bridge (Choptank River Bridge) on Route 50 and wondered what it would be like to swim from one side to the other? Well if you are one of THOSE folks, this is a race for you.
On Saturday, May 11th, 2019, join us as we navigate between the bridges from the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park on the Talbot County side to the Sailwinds Park beach access point on the Dorchester County side. This 1.7 mile trip across the Choptank River and will be supported by paddle craft, motor craft and the US Coast Guard.
We invite our experienced open water swimmers to come and join us for this journey. Make no mistakes about it, this is not for the inexperienced swimmer. This straight course may sound simple but the Choptank River is a flowing body of water and we will be navigating around/through two bridges. We ask that you show proof of open water swimming experience (triathlon, open water swim events, etc) or that you have successfully completed a ONE MILE POOL SWIM in ONE HOUR (the attached form is to be signed by a certified lifeguard at a pool once the requirement completed. The completed form can be emailed to TCReventmanagement@gmail.com). Please keep in mind that if you do a pool swim, you should aim to be able to swim this 1.7 mile course continuously, as there will not be any places to stop and rest on the course.
If you feel that you would like to be a part of this event, then let's get ready to go!!!! This is a great tune up race for the Bay Swim, the Ocean Games and especially the Eagleman 70.3 Ironman Maryland race!!
Water temperature is expected to be in the upper-sixties to mid-seventies, Fahrenheit. If the water temperatures are below 58 degrees, we will require wetsuits (it has not been in the last 5 years). If water temperatures exceed 84 degrees, wetsuits will not be allowed (hasn't been near there either).
SCHEDULE (All times subject to change) 7:00 - 8:00 AM Pre-race check-in
8:15 AM Swimmer pre-race safety meeting (mandatory)
8:30 – 8:45 AM Shuttles to starting line
9:00 AM Start of first wave (subsequent waves will start every 5 minutes)
10:30 AM Post-event activities begin
10:45 AM Awards
This race will begin with an in-water start and swimmers will be sent off in waves. The number of people per wave will depend on the number of registrants. You will be notified at the pre-race check-in which wave you will be in. Unique cap colors will signify the different waves.
Refer to the course map below. The racecourse is a point-to-point swim. The starting line is at the beach on the Bill Burton State Park land in Talbot County and is marked by two round buoys. The race is an in-water start. Swimmers begin the swim heading down river towards the bridge. A large tetrahedron (large 3D triangular buoys) buoy marks the location where swimmers cross under the bridge and turn to swim southwest across the Choptank River. Swimmers continue to swim between the two bridges. A second large tetrahedron buoy marks the beginning of the boat channel, as well as directs swimmers around a wood structure in the water. Swimmers continue across the river until they reach a 3rd tetrahedron buoy that indicates the location where the swimmers turn down river and cross under the bridge. From here swimmers head towards a final buoy marking the entrance to the finish line area.
High tide is at 9:51 AM on race day. The race will start one hour before high tide so the majority of the swimmers will be crossing the channel with near-slack water.
The Maryland Freedom Swim makes swimmer safety the most important component of the event. We will have a number of safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course with us to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. All swimmers are required to follow specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director.
This race might be one of the most unique open water swimming events because of the opportunity for spectators to watch the swimmers throughout the course. Within walking distance from the registration/finish line is the Bill Burton Fishing Pier. While swimmers are between the two bridges, spectators are encouraged to walk along the fishing pier and cheer for the athletes. Kids are also encouraged to enjoy the playground on-site at the registration/finish line area.
At registration all racers will receive several items including a uniquely colored swim cap indicating which starting wave the swimmer is in, a Technical T-Shirt with the Maryland Freedom Swim logo on it, a gear bag that your pre-race equipment can be stored in and delivered to the finish line for you, and other giveaways from our sponsors.
After registration each participant will be sent an athlete guide. This guide will explain all of the event details including parking, registration, shuttles, swim start, swimmer rules, and everything else you’ll need for race day.
EVENT: 1.7 MILE MARYLAND FREEDOM SWIM
This is a point-to-point swim. Participants will park at the Dorchester County Visitor Center at 2 Rosehill Pl, Cambridge, MD 21613, and will be shuttled over to the start area at the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park. From there, participants will walk with their starting wave to the start line. Swimmers will be able to pass off pre-race clothing, to be transported to the finish line for you.
Swimmers must prove Open Water Experience OR have certification that they have completed a POOL SWIM of at least ONE MILE in under ONE HOUR.
START TIME: 9:00am EDT
END TIME: 12:00am EDT
REGISTRATION: Online registration ends May 10, 2019 at 5:00pm EDT. Day-of registration will be available in person the morning of the event. Registration closes for all athletes at 8:00 AM.