Upcoming Races & Events

Below is an arbitrary list of events of potential interest to SwimRI and other members of the Masters Swimming community in Southern New England. It is not intended to be all-inclusive. For broader listings, see the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee Calendar, the USMS Calendar of Events, the U.S. Open Water Swimming Connections Calendar, and the Marathon Swimmers Federation New England Event Calendar.

  USMS Sanctioned Event Denotes that an event is (or was in the previous year) sanctioned or recognized by U.S. Masters Swimming. For more information about sanctioning and recognition, see General Sanction Information in the USMS Guide to Operations. To verify the status of an event, please see the event web page or entry form or contact the event director.

May 15 - September 15, 2019:

USMS 5,000m/10,000-Meter ePostal National Championship. Any long-course meters pool.   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Saturday, June 22, 2019:

14th Annual Narrow River Turnaround Swim, URI Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingtown, RI. One mile open-water race and fundraiser for the Narrow River Preservation Association. The race-day water temperature in this estuary has historically been in the mid seventies. Wetsuits allowed but not needed. Chip timing.

26th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, MA. 1.2 mile open water race and fundraiser for the Buzzards Bay Coalition.

11th Charles River One-Mile Swim [Rain Date]River Dock-Near the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade, Boston, MA.  USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Saturday, June 29, 2019:

31st Annual Mashpee SuperSwim, Johns Pond, Mashpee, MA. Half-mile, 1 and 3-mile events. Ideal place to swim with clear, clean, fresh water. There are wetsuit and nonwetsuit categories but the water temp is usually perfect, no wetsuits needed! Very well-run event in a scenic venue. Post-race lunch on the beach.

Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7, 2019:

Bay State Games, Blodgett Pool, Boston, MA. Long-course meters meet.   USMS Sanctioned Eventrecognition anticipated

Friday, July 12, 2019:

Swim Across America Boston Harbor Open Water Swim, Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA. This event is a 22-mile relay-style open water swim and fundraiser to support quality-of-life clinical research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and pediatric oncology research at Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.

Saturday, July 13, 2019:

9th Annual Waterman Eco-Challenge, Narragansett Town Beach, RI. One-mile swim and three-mile paddle board races with awards, sponsor tents and environmental awareness displays make for a great day at one of New England's premier beaches.

Swim With A Mission Open Water Swim Festival to Honor Our Veterans, Wellington State Park, Newfound Lake, Bristol, NH. 1K, 5K or 10K swims, and a 10K team relay.

Sunday, July 14, 2019:

5th Annual Misery Challenge, Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA. A 3-mile open-water swim from scenic Tuck's Point to Misery Island and back. There are also 4-mile rowing, kayak and SUP races around the island. Festivities include music, micro-brews, food, kids games and awards/prizes.

July 15-31, 2019:

2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Summer Fitness Challenge, Any pool. Second event in USMS's annual Fitness Series. Designed for anyone who wants to get in shape. It can be done in any manner: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.

Sunday, July 21:

Jenny Thompson Long-Course Meters Meet, Dover, NH. New England's only USMS-sanctioned outdoor LCM meet.   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Saturday, July 27, 2019:

43rd Annual Save The Bay - Narragansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. A 1.7 nautical mile (~2 statute mile) open water swim across the channel along the span of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. Save The Bay's largest annual fundraiser to help protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Join SwimRI's 2019 Save the Bay team and support this worthy cause. New this year: generous incentive discounts at health and fitness-related businesses for all registered STB swimmers.

11th Annual Kingdom Swim, Lake Memphremagog, Prouty Beach, Newport, VT. 1 mile, 3.1 mile (5K), 6.2 mile (10K), 10 mile, & 15.5 mile (25K ) Border Buster.

August 5-18, 2019:

XVIII FINA World Masters Championships, Gwangju, South Korea.

Thursday-Sunday, August 8-11, 2019:

USMS Summer Long-Course Meters National Championship, Marguerite Aquatics Center. Mission Viejo, CA.   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 18, 2019:

NEK Swim Week, Northeast Kingdom, Newport, VT. 8 lakes, 47 miles, 9 days. Swim one, some or all 8 lakes. All swims start at 9 am and include lunch. The August 16-17 Lake Willoughby swims include the USMS Sprint (1-mile) and Long Distance (5-Mile) Open Water Championships.

Saturday, August 10, 2019:

David's Old Silver Swim, Sea Crest Beach Hotel, North Falmouth, MA. Open water races (0.5, 1 mile).

Nubble Light Challenge 2019, Long Sands Beach, York, ME. Popular 2.4-mile cold water ocean swim in unpredictable surf conditions from Longs Sands Beach through "the gut" between the Nubble Light House and the mainland, finishing on Short Sands Beach. This event usually sells out early.

Wild Fish Swim Festival, Collins Cove Beach, Salem, MA. Open water races (0.5, 1, 2 mile).

Sunday, August 11, 2019:

Glen Lake 1&2-Mile Swim, Episode 2: Glennie Rises, Goffstown, NH. One and two mile fresh-water swim races with chip timing, catered post-race buffet, and post-race party at the Village Trestle.   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Friday, August 16, 2019:

USMS Sprint Distance (1 Mile) Open Water National Championship, Lake Willoughby, Westmore, Vermont. Competitive event, fun people, awards, music, food and more!   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Saturday, August 17, 2019:

USMS Long Distance (5 Mile) Open Water National Championship, Lake Willoughby, Westmore, Vermont. 100-swimmer cap. Competitive event, fun people, awards, music, food and more!   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Boston Light Swim, Curly Community Center, Boston, MA. The oldest open water marathon swim in the U.S., affectionately billed as the “Granddaddy of American Open Water Swims,” the 8-mile Boston Light Swim has been a local tradition since 1907. Swimmer lottery registration for the 2019 event is now closed.
Registration for the 2020 event will open on or around March 1, 2020.


MBCC Against the Tide Cape Cod (1 Mile) Open Water Swim, Nickerson State Park, Brewster, MA.

Swim Across America Nantucket (4-Mile) Open Water Swim, Jetties Beach, Nantucket Island, MA. Proceeds from the swim will support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.

Saturday, August 24, 2019:

Swim Across America Nantucket (0.25, 0.5, 1 mile) Open Water Swim, Jetties Beach, Nantucket Island, MA. Proceeds from the swim will support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.

Sunday, August 25, 2019:

6th Annual Clean Ocean Access Swim to Skim, Newport, RI. Proceeds from this 1.2 mile race benefit the Middletown-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access. This year there is just one distance, with a new course that includes clearer sight lines and course markings and an improved finish straightaway.

Saturday, September 7, 2019:

10th Annual Swim Across America Rhode Island Open Water Swim, Roger Wheeler Beach, Narragansett, RI. Fun, festive one-mile and half-mile fundraising open water swims to support gynecological and ovarian cancer research and genetic biomarkers research for endometrial cancer at Women and infants Hospital Rhode Island. Your support of this important research makes a difference (click here to read testimonial).

Join the SwimRI Masters SAA-RI fundraising team to support a worthwhile cause and enjoy a morning of swimming and socializing on the beach. Traditionally SwimRI continues the fun at nearby George's of Galilee.

If you'd like to support this event as a SAA-RI volunteer, please contact Doug Sayles at doug@swimacrossamerica.org.

Sunday, September 8, 2019:

FirmMan Half Iron & Sprint Triathlons and One-Mile Swim, Narragansett Town Beach, Narragansett, RI.

September 15 - November 15, 2019:

USMS 3,000/6,000-Yard ePostal National Championship. Any SCY or SCM pool.   USMS Sanctioned Eventsanctioned

Sunday, September 22, 2019:

Mighty Merrimack Swim, Lowell Heritage Park Rynne Beach, 160 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA. 1 or 2 mile swim in the Merrimack River to benefit the American Tumor Association.

Wednesday-Sunday, September 11-15, 2019:

U.S. Masters Swimming Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO. USMS hosts a convention and meetings of the House of Delegates in the fall of each year where early budgets are approved, elections of officers may take place, organizational rules and bylaws may be amended, and the general direction of the organization is set for the coming year. The USMS Convention is part of the annual US Aquatic Sports convention.

Sunday, September 29, 2019:

NELMSC Annual Membership Meeting & Biennial Election of Officers, Waltham, MA. All U.S. Masters Swimming members registered with the New England Local Masters Swimming Committee are welcome to attend, participate and vote. Hot lunch will be served to members who RSVP to NEsecretary@usms.org by September 20, 2019.

8th Annual Boston Sharkfest Swim (1500 meters), Boston Harbor, Boston, MA. Point-to-point open water swim race from East Pier to Fan Pier.

November 15-30, 2019:

2019 SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fall Fitness Challenge, Any pool. Third event in USMS's annual Fitness Series. Designed for anyone who wants to get in shape. It can be done in any manner: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 (tentative):

8th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies v Steamers" Dual Meet, Providence College Taylor Natatorium, Providence, RI. Informal, high-school-style dual meet where each swimmer races 1-2 individual events and 1-2 relays. Participant invitations, team lineups and meet sheets are determined by the captains -- Doug Sayles for Stuffies and Trent Theroux for Steamers. Post-meet dinner party at Ladder 133 Sports Bar & Grill. The losing team buys the first round.