2019 Virtual Open Water Swim Challenge

USA River Challenge


When:  October 1st  2019 - March 31st  2020   

Entry Chairman: Karen Reeder                                   

Email: dksjreeder@gmail.com



Website:  http://usopenwaterswimming.org/


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 http://usopenwaterswimming.org/swimlog.xls.  Distance categories are listed below.  Swimming ANYWHERE, open water or pools counts for yardage.  Distances swum in meters can be converted to yards at http://www.calculateme.com/Length/index.htm

1) 50 miles, Flint River, Georgia - 88,000 yards: averaging 3,382 yards per week

2) 100 miles, Arkansas River, Arkansas -176,000 yards: averaging 6765 yards per week

3) 150 miles, Colorado River- Colorado/Utah- 264,000 yards: averaging 10,150 yards per week

4) 200 miles, Marias River, Montana -352,000 yards: averaging 13,530 yards per week

5) 250 Miles, Delaware River, US. East coast - 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 Swim Outlet.  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

                        Chamois Sports Towels:  In lieu of t-shirts this year, we are offering chamois sports towels.  $25.00 includes shipping within the U.S.  Towels are 13 x 17 inches and you may choose light green, blue or yellow.  They will be embroidered with Virtual Swim, 50 Miles - Flint River, Georgia, for example, based upon the swimmers’ sign-up category.   Chamois towels 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: 


50 miles – Flint River, Georgia - This 50 mile swim begins at Rock Bend Flint River Retreat Campground, one mile south of Newton, Georgia.  Swimmers will head down river, southwest.  Swimmers must navigate Horseshoe Bend and Hell Gate Shoals on their way to the City of Bainbridge.  Swimmers get to swim under several bridges in Bainbridge including the Flint River Swing Bridge.   The 50 mile swim finishes on the east side of the river at the end of Faceville Landing Road across from Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area. 


100 miles – Arkansas River, Arkansas - This 100 mile swim starts David T. Terry Park just below the dam, south of Little Rock.   Swimmers head south and swim by Tar Camp Park and the city of Pine Bluff.  The river runs more of an easterly direction after Pine Bluff and more directly east after the city of Pendleton.  Swimmers finish the 100 miles at House Bend on the south end of Trusten Holder State Wildlife Management Area.


150 miles – Colorado River, Colorado/Utah - This 150 mile swim begins just west of Grand Junction Colorado at the intersection of the Colorado River and State Highway 340.  Swimmers will be heading west and south, cross the border into Utah about the 25 mile mark.  Athletes will continue southwest towards Arches National Park.   After swimming by Moab, the route continues for about 60 miles snaking north in some spots.  Swimmers will finish at Spanish Bottom, the confluence of the Green and Colorado River in Utah. 


200 Miles – Marias River, Montana – This swim begins at Sullivan Bridge just east of the confluence of Two Medicine River and Cut Bank Creek. Swimmers will head east and swim under Interstate 15, south of Shelby Montana. Swimmers continue east and cross through Lake Elwell.   Swimmers have to get out and walk around Tiber Dam to continue their eastward swim towards the Missouri River.  The 200 miles finishes 8 miles east of Loma, Montana where the Lower Marias Road intersects with the river. 


250 Miles – Delaware River, East Coast, US – The Delaware River is one of the largest free flowing rivers left in the US with no dams or impediments on its main branch.  This swim begins South of Hancock, New York off of Bard Parker Road, on the south edge of Hancock Village off Route 97.  Swimmers head south along the Pennsylvania/New York border and then the Pennsylvania/New Jersey Border.  Athletes will swim on the south side of Philadelphia, PA under the Ben Franklin Suspension Bridge. The 250 mile finishes at Fox Point State Park, north of Wilmington, Delaware.