The Milwaukee River has come a long way in recent history. We've seen two dams removed, an increase in fish biodiversity, the establishment of a protected Milwaukee River Greenway, an abundance of anglers and kayakers, and downtown revitalization efforts that began with a Riverwalk and now extend to the Harbor District where the Milwaukee meets the Menomonee and the Kinnickinnic Rivers.
While we've come a long way, there is still work to be done. We must continue improving water quality, removing barriers to access, and creating pathways to our communities of color who have been disconnected from the water due to a history of cultural, systemic racism and segregation. In solidarity with People of Color and Indigenous people we can do better and we will.
The Cream City Classic is an opportunity to celebrate progress made in water quality and welcome our entire Milwaukee community back to the water as we all lift our expectations of what our waters can be. Please join us!
It's time to celebrate, protect, and reclaim these waters for all.
This is our water. Let's swim it!
IS IT SAFE?
Your safety is our #1 priority.
We will test the water to make sure it meets all safety standards. The race will be canceled in the event of:
Recent significant rainfall
Severe weather & lightning
Poor water quality tests
Paramedics & lifeguards on duty
Safety kayaks in the water
Mandatory neon swim caps
Restricted boat traffic during the race
Coordination with the US Coast Guard and Milwaukee Police
US Masters Swimming sanctioned