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Participant Cap:  


Included in Registration Fees:

August 1st, 2020

1.5 Miles

1.5 mile swim in the Milwaukee River, swimming 3/4 of a mile upstream from the Erie St. pier (where it intersects at N. Jackson St.) and turning around at approximately St. Paul Ave. and returning to the finish line at the Erie St. pier. (see MAP)


Public Pier at N. Jackson St. and E. Erie St. in the Third Ward

(race starts and ends here)

6:30-7:30 AM  Swimmer Check-In

7:30 AM          Mandatory Swimmer Safety Meeting

7:50-8:10 AM  Welcome from Milwaukee Water Commons'      

8:10 AM          Race Begins!

10 AM             Final Finishers

10:15 AM        Awards Ceremony

11 AM             After Party - location TB

March-June: $50 + US Masters Swimming membership required

July 1-July 28: $75 + US Masters Swimming membership required

one-day membership available at registration for $15

150 Swimmers


Please click the link below to register and pay.      Registration will close Sunday, July 26th at midnight.


T-Shirt, Swag Bag & Bragging Rights


  • Swimmers are required to wear fluorescent caps provided by the race organizer.

  • Expected water temperature: 68 - 73 degrees Fahrenheit

  • In-water start and finish adjacent to the River Dock, where the water is 15-25 feet deep, to avoid any potential hazards at the bottom of the river. 

  • Swimmers are required to avoid diving off the dock to get to the starting line. 

  • There is no expectation of any interference or danger from marine life or of any significant impact of tides or currents on swimmer performance or safety.

  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper will be testing the water the day before the race to ensure safe swimming conditions.

  • Wet suits are allowed, unless water temperatures exceed 78 degrees (as per USMS rules).  If water temperature is between 57-60 degrees, course will be shortened and wet suits required.  Below 57 degrees, the race will be canceled .

  • Other assistive devices including fins, snorkels, masks, and paddles are not allowed.

  • Swimmers are not permitted to wear headphones during the race.

  • EMTs and lifeguards will be present.

  • Boating access will be restricted during the race by the US Coast Guard and Milwaukee Police.

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