Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge 2016

5K, 1 Mile, Other

Event Date

Sat, Jul 23, 2016


Montauk, NY


Activity Today Later

Open water swim-5K - Individual Age group/open

$55 $70 Closed

Open water swim-1 Mile - Individual Age group/open

$40 $40 Closed

Open water swim-1/2 Mile - Individual Age group/open

$25 $25 Closed

About This Activity

Offering one of few opportunities to swim in an ocean race on the Eastern seaboard, the July 23, 2016 Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge is now in its 8th year. The event is organized by the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue squad.

The challenge offers three distance categories for swimmers of all ages and abilities, making it appropriate for youth recreational and competitive swimmers, and everyone in between. Racers swim along Montauk’s majestic oceanfront and end at the popular Ditch Plains Beach. Check-in is held at Ditch Plains Beach.

The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation is committed to raising the necessary funds to finish the un-renovated half of the historic Playhouse building. Our community left will be home to recreation/therapy and lap pools and a multi-purpose cultural arts left.

Your support and participation in the Ocean Swim Challenge will ensure that East End residents of all ages can learn important drown proofing, water safety and fitness skills.

Event details and schedule


Saturday | July 23, 2016

Swim Distances:
½ mile
1 mile

Please make every attempt to fundraise as the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation needs your financial support to build an aquatic left in Montauk! Donations are at the swimmer's discretion, from $5 to $500+, and fundraising pages can be set up through the registration module. Please include donation amount during online registration or make donation checks payable to Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 1612, Montauk, NY  11954

Course Information:
The race course is in the ocean beyond the break, swimming parallel to the shore line.The 5K will be a loop from Ditch Plains beach to Nick’s Beach and back.The one and ½ mile races will be straight courses. The one mile will start near Terrace beach in downtown Montauk, the ½ mile will start west of the main parking lot of Ditch Plains Beach (in front of the cliffs – also known as Poles beach). All races end at Ditch Plains beach, located about 1 mile east of downtown Montauk. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys.

*Race Director may modify course if dangerous conditions arise.

Wave designations and swim direction will be determined closer to race date subject to weather conditions. Water temperatures expected to range from 66 to 70°F. Chop and currents due to wind, and the possibility of flotsam, jetsam and jellyfish possible.

Tentative Schedule:
- 5:30am: On-site registration and check-in opens
- 6:30am: 5K swimmers begin
- 7:15am: approximate 1 mile start
- 8am: approximate ½ mile start
- 9:00am: Race Ends

There will be a mandatory race briefing at swim start locations 15 minutes prior to race start time.

*Start times are subject to change. Confirm with race organizers.

Age Range:
Past races have seen participants range in age from 7 years to 85 years.

Skill Level:
The race accommodates beginner to competitive swimmers.

- ½ mile: $25 (advance) | $40 (day of)
- 1 mile: $40 (advance) | $55 (day of)
- 5K: $55 (advance) | $70 (day of)

ONLINE: Register in advance at Race organizers strongly urge swimmers to register online for speed and accuracy. Online registration will remain open until 11:59 PM Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

DAY OF: Registration and check-in open at Ditch Plains Beach at 5:30am.

*We strongly urge swimmers to register online.

All participants receive race shirt, swim cap, goodie bag, and pre- and post-race refreshments.

Timing & Results:
Professional timing provided by PR Timing. Results will be posted online within 24 hours of race finish.

Safety and escort craft will be provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and will accompany swimmers throughout the event. Support craft other than designated race craft are not permitted.

Water will be available for swimmers throughout the swim. EMS on site. There will be a cut-off time for the 5K race.

Transportation & Parking:
All participants must register and or check-in the day of the race at Ditch Plains Beach. Parking passes will be provided to participants who do not have a Town of East Hampton Beach Parking Permit. Bus transportation to the 1-mile start at Terrace Beach will be provided (both the 1/2-mile and 5k start at Ditch Plains Beach).

Swimming Attire:
Wet suits ARE permitted and recommended. Use of MP3 players and other electrical audio/communication devices by the swimmer during event is NOT permitted.

All ages welcome to participate. All participants (and guardians of those under 18) must complete and sign waivers (if registering online, you will be required to accept the waiver prior to finalizing your registration).

Montauk has a large selection of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, and most require multiple night stays in the summer months. We recommend you book early. Visit for a listing of all hotels.


Opportunities available. Contact us for more information.

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