3K, 5K, 10K, 500M. WaveOne. National Harbor.
"2013 Swim for the Potomac
500 meter Potomac Splash
3K, 5K or 10K
Swim for the Potomac is dedicated to bringing awareness to Washington DC's grandest natural resource, The Potomac River. Not only is the river home to a growing number of swimming, paddling and rowing competitions, recreation, tourism, but it also supplies the drinking water to most of the metropolitan area. It ultimately lies with each of us to protect the health of the river.
Location: North Cove/Commercial Pier at National Harbor, MD 20745
All ages are welcome.
Entry Fees: $50 for 3K, 5K, 10K; $20 for 500m Potomac Splash; $10 additional for race day entries. If you are a member of a sponsoring team, be sure to enter your team discount code in the coupon box below.
For more information see www.SwimforthePotomac.com
Location: North Cove, Commercial Pier at National Harbor, MD 20745
Dates: Sunday, Sep 15 2013, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM"
The swim was great fun. WaveOne improved this swim from 2012 by eliminating the silly and potentially dangerous (head-on collisions) "envelope" formation for the 5K and 10K swims. Now, three different courses were swum together, with a small, 250m loop for the 500m race, and 1K loop for the 3K race and a 1.667k loop for the 5K and 10K races. No possibility of running into any other swimmers unless they are seriously off course, which, of course, happens. ;)
I would highly recommend this swim. It is well attended while not being overly crowded. It is in a controlled area where power boats are non-existent, and support (SUPs and kayaks) is plentiful. The organizer, Denis Crean, is no slouch in the marathon swim biz (search him on Openwaterpedia) and he's doing really great work here making OW visible in DC and highlighting the great efforts folks are going through to make the Potomac a swim-able river.
Two thumbs up for Swim for the Potomac open water races! (For those of you with kids, my 10- and 13-year olds did the 500m and loved it!)