Start Thurday, May 8:
Anyone know if the Open Water Swim is on for this week (5/22)? The site says that last week's was canceled due to conditions but there is still no way to register for this week.
Ideas? Info? And yes, I've already tried emailing them - no response..
I've heard they'll be no swim there on Thursday, May 22.
They just sent this out... any idea what happened?! SO disappointed in National Harbor for terminating!
It is with regret that we inform you of National Harbor's decision to terminate our weekly Thursday night open water swims. The news came to WaveOne after 3 extremely successful open water swimming seasons, a perfect safety record, and thousands of local athletes flocking to National Harbor each week to learn, practice and train in a safe open water swimming environment.
Be assured, this is a temporary setback. WaveOne is dedicated to providing safe open water swimming opportunities in the Washington, DC area and is currently seeking other open water venues. Our safety record is flawless and our methods for open water training are modeled all over the world. We are grateful for the support of the local swimming and paddling communities who are standing behind during this transition.
WaveOne prides itself on welcoming everyone into the water, including beginner and elite swimmers, physically and intellectually disabled, and military veterans. We consider every one of you part of the WaveOne Swimming family. We are proud of the bonds that are built from our swims and races and look forward to enjoying the same camaraderie at a new location. We ask you to bear with us as we sort out the details and move forward.
In the meantime, we have 2 clinics and practice swims scheduled at Sandy Point State Park on May 31 and June 22 starting at 8am. Additional swims and information will be posted on our web site as they are scheduled. We are available for individual and small group open water swims and lessons. Please contact us for scheduling.
We are currently waiting for a decision from National Harbor on whether our 3 races will occur as scheduled. We will keep you updated as soon as we receive any information.
Another reason to hate National Harbor and its $20 parking.
The swims are a natural complement to the Harbor, which started out kind of bare but which has added the Awakening statue, concerts, a ferris wheel, the Gaylord--and evening swims. The latter have benefited hundreds of area athletes, including many middle-school swimmers as well as the Harbor's businesses, for three years now, during which those involved have contributed a great deal of knowledge and sweat. Now, the termination of the swims, just at the start of the open-water season.
No need to tell us..... go tell National Harbor management.
Ed ... email DCTri's Director of Programs. Ask him to do something about this ;)
It's been suggested by WaveOne and others that writing National Harbor might help bring back the weekday swims. The June 1 Washington's Crossing race has already been approved again.
A short email/letter would work, that is respectful and positive, and that focuses on the benefits that the swims bring to you and/or your organization. Takes just a minute or two.
If you think of people to send this to, do so. The more responses, the better.
The suggested contacts to send to are:
The Peterson Companies, National Harbor Office, 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745
Operations, Kent Diggy
Leasing, Marc Kufka
Marketing/PR/Community Relations, Angela Sweeney
The general website, btw, is at:
Some of the things you might mention, while also speaking specifically about your own personal experiences there, are:
'...Hello. I am writing about the cancellation of the Thursday night swims at National Harbor…I am very disappointed, as my friends and I train there to prepare for swim races and triathlons…In fact, we were planning to swim there this past Thursday, and next Thursday, among others times, for the start of our race season…I feel the swims greatly enhance the National Harbor experience, and are a perfect complement to a grand entertainment complex built along the Potomac…We love getting in a swim and then heading off to one of the Harbor’s many restaurants for a post-swim meal…The swims benefit many middle schoolers who swim there, as well as adults…I’ve always found the swims to be very well-organized, with the swim course clearly marked by buoys, and with experienced kayakers overseeing the event…With Memorial Day weekend in mind, one notes that the head of kayak support for WaveOne is a US military veteran who trained US Navy personnel in open-water swimming!...The race events that WaveOne are another asset to the community—with a “Washington Crossing” from Alexandria to the Harbor, and a “Swim Fest” featuring many difference distances, for people of all skill levels…The WaveOne founder often donates his time and organizations to charitable causes—his swim-related events have raised tens of thousands of dollars for children’s orphanages and schools…I’ve been impressed by the swim instructors there, who’ve included the swim coach for a U.S. Olympic gold medalist, and a medalist for the Swim around Manhattan Island race!..It’s been great to see National Harbor add more and more fun things, like the Ferris wheel and the astonishing Gaylord Hotel—the WaveOne swims have been another excellent reason to visit the Harbor, and it would be great to have them return!..Kindly consider bringing back these swims, which are such a bonus to National Harbor, hundreds of area athletes, and the surrounding communities…With warm regards…'
This article was in today's Washington Post paper:
National Harbor suspends swims amid insurance dispute
It looks like it's just the Thursday night swims as this weekend's Crossing the Potomac is still happening.
So they point the finger at Wave One, lovely.
The article points to a specific problem that seems to be workable... but would requires $$ ... or just paperwork and hassle. Fingers crossed for some resolution.
Thursday night open-water swims are back!
Starting June 5:
"WaveOne reached a resolution with National Harbor to continue our Thursday night swims in what has become a Washington tradition over the past three years. WaveOne's relationship with National Harbor was built on straightforward and comprehensive execution of all agreements, including holding ample insurance. We consider this not only good business, but our mission to provide bodies of water that are safe for open water swimming. In no way did we deviate from these good practices.
We thank you, the swimmers of the open water swimming and triathlon communities, for your letters and emails in our support and demonstrating the importance of safe open water swimming in DC. Swims continue tomorrow June 5 at 7:15 PM.