Virtual Open Water Swim Challenge


When:  October 1st  2017 - March 31st  2018   

Entry Chairman: Karen Reeder                                   





Eligibility:  Open to anyone who swims!   Sign up before October 1st!

Categories:  Participants pick ONE of 5 goal distances to complete within the 6 month time-frame.  Your swim log to help keep track of your distance will be automatically downloaded at  Distance categories are listed below.  Swimming ANYWHERE, open water or pools counts for yardage.  Distances swum in meters can be converted to yards at

1) 50 miles, Channel Islands, California - 88,000 yards: averaging 3,382 yards per week

2) 100 miles, Lake Champlain, New York/Vermont -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week

3) 150 miles, South Carolina Coast 264,000 yards: averaging 10,150 yards per week

4) 200 miles, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland/Virginia - 352,000 yards: averaging 13,530 yards per week

5) 250 Miles, Lake Michigan - 440,000 yards: averaging 16,712 yards per week

Awards:  Everyone who completes the distance within the 6 month timeframe will receive a swimming cap.  All finishers will also be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to SwimOutlet.  Names will be randomly drawn from the finishers for the gift certificates after the end of the challenge in April.  20 gift certificates ($25 in value each) will be given as prizes, 4 per category.  More prizes may be added depending upon participation levels in the program.  This means that swimmers can finish the category at any time, but swimmers are encouraged to choose a distance which is challenging and appropriate for a 6 month goal. If you are unsure about which category to choose, contact the entry chairman


Entry Fees:       Basic Entry: $30.00

                        Premier Entry:  $100.00 - Premier swimmers will receive 26 workouts, 1 each week of the challenge to assist them their training.  Workout sample is shown below

                        T-Shirts:  $22.00 which includes shipping within the U.S.  This year we will have dark Blue T-Shirts with a design and writing on the back “50 Mile Swim, Channel Islands, California”, for example, based upon the swimmers’ sign-up category.   Shirts will be mailed out the third week of October.  


Please use your main e-mail address when signing up since we contact participants monthly to help them gauge their progress.  


Premier swimmers will receive one workout a week during the challenge. Workout Sample is below:  There will be three categories for each workout.  Category A will be approximately 1300-1700 yards, category B about 2200-2700 yards and category C 3500-4000 yards.


A)     200 swim warm-up choice

        300 swim @:20 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        200 swim @:20 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest       

        100 swim @:20 rest, 6 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        100 warm-down

        1500 yards


B)     Warm-up 200 swim, 100 kick, 200 pull     

        400 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        300 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1fast @:15 rest

        200 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest       

        100 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        200 warm-down

        2300 yards


C)     Warm-up 200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull

        500 swim @:15 rest, 2 x 50 – 1 easy/fast @:15 rest

        400 swim @:15 rest, 4 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        300 swim @:15 rest, 6 x 50 – 1 easy/1fast @:15 rest

        200 swim @:15 rest, 8 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest       

        100 swim @:15 rest, 10 x 50 – 1 easy/1 fast @:15 rest

        Warm-down 200 swim choice

        3800 yards


More about the Swims: 


Channel Islands, California: This 50 mile swim begins on south east side San Nichols Island which is 61 miles of the coast of Southern California.  On this island in 1853, a lone Indian woman was found by Captain George Nidever.  Swimmers will head southeast and finish the 50 miles on the northwest tip of San Clemente Island.   


 Lake Champlain: This swim mirrors the route swam by Sarah Thomas who broke the world record this year for the longest swim, 104 miles in 67 hours.  She began her swim at Rouses Point boat launch in New York.  Swimmers will follow this route south swimming to the west of Isle La Motte and Grand Isle and through 4 Brothers Islands, off the coast of Willsboro Point.  The turnaround point is at Gardiner Island, just north of Kings Island Bay State park in Vermont.  After reaching the island (Sarah swam around it).  Swimmer will trace the same route back to the starting point to finish their 100 mile swim.


South Carolina Coast:  Swimmers begin the 150 mile event at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and swim south along the coast.  This tour of the coast passes by Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, Charleston, Folly and Kiawah Islands.   The 150 miles finishes at Hilton Head Island Beach. 


Chesapeake Bay, Maryland/Virginia: This swim begins at the north end of the Bay were Susquehanna River enters at Perry point in Perryville, Maryland.  The swimmer heads south in the Bay passing Elk Neck State Park, Hart-Miller Island and Baltimore.  Swim underneath the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, past Poplar Island, heading towards Newport News.  Swimmers will head to the mouth of the bay, swim over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel until they reach the Atlantic Ocean finishing 200 miles at Virginia, Beach Virginia.       


Lake Michigan: This swim in Chicago at Ohio Street Beach, the start of the Big Shoulders Open Water Swim Race. Swimmers head north along the shore towards Evanston, Illinois and continue into Wisconsin. Swimmers continue north past Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.  After reaching the town of Port Washington, Wisconsin, swimmers will start heading northeast towards Traverse City, Michigan. Just north of Traverse City are two islands which are part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Swimmers will finish their 250 miles on the west coast of North Manitou Island near the ghost town of Crescent.