Packet pick-up 4:00-7:30pm
Pre-race dinner at Dockside from 5:00-8:00pm (special discounted menu for race)
ATHLETES MUST ATTEND A PRE-RACE MEETING.
THESE ARE MANDATORY BUT YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE
SWIM THE LOOP 3.5 – 5:00PM AND 6:00PM
MOTT’S CHANNEL SPRINT 1.3 – 5:30PM AND 6:30PM
BOTH MOTT’S CHANNEL SPRINT AND SWIM THE LOOP 7:45AM – SATURDAY AT DOCKSIDE
Packet pick-up 6:45am-8:00am
Body marking 6:45am-8:00am. Your swim cap and arms must be marked with your race number. This number must be bold and large.
Mott's Channel Sprint SHUTTLE to START (Blockade Runner) 7:30-8:30am. PAID meters start at 9:00am if you choose to park at the start. The fee is $2.00 an hour.
BOTH MOTT’S CHANNEL SPRINT AND SWIM THE LOOP 7:45 AM – LAST ATHLETE MEETING AT DOCKSIDE
THE RACE WILL START AT 8:45 AM
Everyone must cross over the timing mats before entering the water or a mass start. If there is a mass start – let the more competitive swimmers start up front. If you wait 10-30 seconds at the start, you will have plenty of room and won’t have to worry about contact with another swimmer. At 11:45m you must be finished with the swim course. If you do not make the time cut-off you will be pulled from the water and be brought back to Dockside.
Awards at Dockside Restaurant
Motts Channel 1.3 10:15am
Swim The Loop 3.5 11:15am
Post-race food and drinks will be from 9:15am-1:00pm.
Parking will be available at Dockside’s main lot and larger side lot. Both lots are marked as Dockside Parking. This year we will have parking at the Harris Teeter on Wrightsville Ave. There is plenty of parking; however, street parking is not allowed. Please DO NOT park at any other businesses along Airlie Rd unless you have approved permission.
WHERE TO STAY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN ANYONE PARTICIPATE?
Swim The Loop 3.5 and Motts Channel 1.3 are meant for the intermediate to the advanced swimmer and this event is considered an endurance event. The distance exceeds 5K (3.1 miles) and with tide changes and time cut-offs the novice swimmer may find this swim a bit challenging for their level. The race will be capped at 300 swimmers.
Mott's Channel Sprint is meant for the beginner to advanced swimmer. The distance is 1.3 miles and can take anywhere from 25 minute to 60 minutes to complete. The tide change is not as noticeable in this swim making it easier than Swim The Loop.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS INVOLVED?
There is no thick black line to follow on this course or clear water to see all; so please utilize caution. Respect the water and the water will respect you. Throughout the course there are all sorts of marine life that live in the waters in which YOU will be swimming. You will be guided through the safest route around Harbor Island or point to point. Swimming off course can result in shallow marshy waters or close contact with docks and pilings. The shallow waters, docks, pilings contain barnacles and/or oysters that can harm you. If you need to rest or need aid raise your hand and help will come. In case of inclement/dangerous weather the race will be canceled and/or swimmers will be pulled out of the water. Safety is always first.
HOW IS THE COURSE MARKED AND ARE THERE AID STATIONS?
The course will be marked with 60" round orange marker buoy's, which are sight buoys and can be passed on either side. There will be a boat at miles 1, 2, and 3 with water, CLIFF gels, and Gatorade. There will be at least 1 kayaker/SUPer (stand up paddle boarder) between each buoy. One kayaker or SUPer will be with the lead swimmer and another will be with the last swimmer.
CAN I WEAR A WETSUIT?
Yes, especially if the water temperature is below 76°. However, anyone that chooses to wear a wetsuit will receive 5:00 minutes added to their overall time for Swim The Loop and 2:00 minutes added to their overall time for Mott’s Channel Sprint. If the water temperature is over 82° wetsuits will not be allowed due to possible heat exhaustion.
WHAT TYPES OF WEATHER CONDITIONS/WATER TEMPERATURES CAN I EXCEPT FOR RACE DAY?
Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach is beautiful in the months of September and October. The race will take place a few weeks into the fall season and hurricane season does not end until November 30th. The average air temperature is 68° with an average water temperature of 68-75°. The average wind speed is between 5-10 mph and usually comes from the Southwest. On race morning the expected sunrise is 7:10am with a high tide of 5.35ft at 8:52am.
DOES THIS RACE BENEFIT ANY ORGANIZATION?
Yes! A portion of the race proceeds will go to the North Carolina Coastal Federation. We firmly believe in the importance of taking care of our coastline, since that is something that cannot be recreated. The funds will be allocated for restoration and environmental education work. Currently, the Coastal Federation is working with the Town of Wrightsville Beach and many coastal towns throughout NC on projects to preserve our clean swimming waters.
WHEN IS PACKET PICK-UP?
Packet pick-up will be Friday 10/6 from 4:00-7:00pm and Saturday 10/7 from 6:45-8:00am at Dockside Restaurant, race site. At packet pick-up you will receive your pre-race bag with your race cap, timing chip, race shirt, and swag.
Event information and updates will be sent out by email to all registered swimmers prior to race day.
IS THE PRE-RACE MEETING MANDATORY?
Yes. There will be a meeting Friday night at 5:00pm/5:30pm and 6:00pm/6:30pm and one final meeting Saturday morning at 7:45am at Dockside. The meeting will go over course logistics, safety and tips on what to expect. It will last 15 minutes.
WHAT IF THE RACE IS CANCELED?
If the event is canceled due to inclement weather prior to event weekend or morning of, no refunds will be issued. Registered swimmers will receive a 50% credit towards the 2018 race.
WHAT IS THE REFUND POLICY?
-We do not allow rollovers to future years races BUT you can transfer to another person if you wish to do so.
-Refund amount is based on time of request and base entry fee paid less a $5 administrative fee.
-Refund deadline for full refund (minus $5) – now through 7/31/17, 11:59pm
-Refund deadline for half refund (minus $5) – 8/01/17 through 8/31/17, 11:59pm
-NO refunds after 9/01/17
WHAT ARE THE AWARDS LIKE?
Top 3 overall males
Top 3 overall master males (40 and above)
Top 3 overall females
Top 3 overall master females (40 and above)
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE?
SWIM THE LOOP 3.5
The youngest age allowed will be 16. If you’re 16-17 years old you will need parental consent which will be found on the wavier and release form. Your age classification is determined by your actual age on the day of the race (10/07/17).
MOTTS CHANNEL SPRINT
Open to all novice, intermediate and advanced swimmers aged 11 and older. Age determination for this event is based on actual age the day of the race (10/07/17).
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
We need skilled kayakers and stand-up-paddle boarders.
We will also need general volunteering for race management,
which will take place at Dockside Restaurant.
NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL FEDERATION
Does the race benefit a charity?
Yes! A portion of the race proceeds goes to support the North Carolina Coastal Federation,a non-profit conservation organization. We firmly believe in the importance of keeping our coasts clean, since clean coastal waters is something we all need to live and play! Through education, advocacy and restoration, the North Carolina Coastal Federation works in our region to keep polluted stormwater out of our Swim the Loop waters and to restore oyster reefs and wetlands.