Ohio River Open Water Swim - 2014 - Louisville, KY

Event Date

Sat, Aug 9, 2014


Prospect, KY

About This Activity

Open Water Swim in Ohio River featuring 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile and 2.4 mile events. Great event for experienced and novice open water swimmers.  The swim is two weeks before Louisville Ironman Triathlon to allow Ironman participants a chance to experience swimming in the Ohio River. All procreeds go to local high school swimming. 

 Course Layout: ½ mile and 1.2 mile courses will be set up roughly 30 yards off the riverbank. 2.4 mile swim will be two laps of the 1.2 mile course. Great for spectators.  River bank accessible along the entire course.  Sanction pending by USA Triathlon and USA Swimming.  Kayakers provided.  This is an unescorted event.  Plenty of safety personnel (see pictures on website.)

Cost:  $35 if registration completed before July 1, $45 July 1 – August 4.  Registration closes Sunday, August 4. 

For insurance purposes, participants must be one of the following:

1.   USA Triathlon member.  Photo ID and proof of USA Triathlon membership required at check-in.  (One-day membership:  $10 for youth 17 and under, $12 for adults.)

2.   USA Swimming member.   Membership in your team will be verified prior to the event.  (One-day membership available for $25.)

All Others (Non-USA Swimming or USAT Members).  If you are not a member of one of the above organizations, or you cannot prove your membership, you must purchase a one-day membership in one of the organizations as outlined above.  This year, the event will not be sanctioned by USA Masters Swimming due to a change in their sanctioning fees.  US Masters swimmers will need to purchase a one-day membership in USAT or USA Swimming and swim in the affiliiated race.  (USAT is cheaper.)

Parental consent required for all participants 17 and under

T-shirt included.

Location: Cardinal Harbour Subdivision boat dock. Roughly 15 miles north of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  MapQuest:  2001 Cardinal Harbour Rd., Prospect, Kentucky, 40059.  Drive time roughly 30 minutes from downtown Louisville.

Event details and schedule

Schedule:  The start time of the swim is based on your affiliation. 


USA Triathlon Swimmers

USA Swimmers

Check in

7:30 – 8:45am

9:00 – 10:15am

Voluntary Clinic


10:00 am

Mandatory Swimmer Safety Meeting




Warm Up Period






In case of severe weather, the start will be delayed.  For weather updates on race day, call 502-645-7494.

A voluntary clinic covering the differences between pool and open water swimming will be held prior to the start of each set of swims.

There will be a mandatory swimmer safety meeting held 10 minutes before the warm up period to discuss the course, rules and safety procedures.  The Referee may remove any swimmer from the competition who does not attend the safety meeting or is found to be inattentive during the meeting.  The course will be patrolled by qualified safety personnel.

There will be a 15 minute warm-up period prior to the event.  Swimmers must stay in the designated warm up area.  Participants must start no later than 10 minutes after the designated start time.  The course will shut down two hours after the start of the swim, or 45 minutes after the first person finishes, whichever is later. 

 Awards:  Times will be posted; however, there are no awards.  Door prizes are given out after the conclusion of the swims.


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