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.
Denotes that an event is (or was in the previous year) sanctioned or recognized by U.S. Masters Swimming. To verify the sanction status, see the current event registration information or contact the event organizer.
Saturday August 11 - Sunday August 12:
Celebrate the Clean Harbor Open Water Swimming Festival, Niles Beach, Gloucester, MA. Saturday: 500-meter Clean Harbor Kids Swim, and Gloucester Harbor 1.2 Mile Swim. Sunday: 10-mile Clean Harbor Relay.
Saturday August 11 - Sunday August 19:
Northeast Kingdom Swim Week, Newport, VT. Nine days of swimming (46 total miles) in eight legendary lakes in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Hosted by the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games.
Saturday, August 11:
Boston Light Swim, South Boston, MA. The oldest open water marathon swim in the U.S. -- an 8-mile swim starting from Boston Lighthouse on Brewster Island and finishing at the historic L Street Bathhouse in South Boston. Individual and relay entries are selected via lottery. 2018 entries are closed. 2019 lottery entries will open on or about March 1, 2019.
Sunday, August 12:
Inaugural Glen Lake Swim: The Search for Glennie, Gofftown, NH. Professionally timed one-mile fresh water swim and fundraiser held by the Manchester Marathon Association in association with the Goffstown Recreation Department and Granite YMCA to support local outdoor recreational activities and promote aquatic safety. Catered post-swim buffet onsite, plus an after-party at the Village Trestle sponsored by Harpoon Brewery! sanctioned
Casco Bay Islands SwimRun, Portland, ME. Two-person team event. Choose either the long or "short" course. Long Course: 4.25 miles open water swimming + 20.25 miles overland running across 11 islands. Short Course: 2.5 miles swimming + 11.75 miles overland running across 6 islands.
Saturday, August 18:
MBCC Against The Tide Events - Brewster, DCR's Nickersen State Park, Brewster, MA. Family friendly event. Participate in up to 3 of the following: 0.5 standup paddle board, 1-mile competitive swim, 5K run, 10K run, aquathon (1-mile swim + 5K or 10K run), 1-mile recreational swim, 2-mile recreational kayak, 3-mile fitness walk. Proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
Sunday, September 2:
Rhode Warrior Triathlon Festival, Westerly, RI. Sprint, Olympic, Aquabike & Half Iron Triathlons, individual and relay entries.
Saturday, August 25:
Nubble Light Challenge, York, ME. A popular, rocking and rolling 2.4 mile open water swim race from Long Sands Beach to Short Sands Beach, going through "the gut" between the Nubble Light House and the mainland. Unpredictable surf conditions, and the ocean temperatures can be in the low to mid 60s even in August.
Swim Across America Nantucket Island Open Water Swim, Jetties Beach, Nantucket, MA. Annual 22-mile relay-style open water swim and fundraiser to collectively "Make Waves to Fight Cancer." Proceeds from this swim will support cancer treatment and patient care at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.
Sunday, August 26:
13th Annual Swim & Fin Salem Harbor Open Water Races, Forest River Park, Salem, MA. 500 meter, 1 mile and 5K swim races. Music, raffles, a marine touch tank and more.
Saturday, September 8:
Swim Across America Rhode Island Open Water Swim, Roger Wheeler Beach, Narragansett, RI. One-mile and half-mile fundraising open water swims to support cancer research and clinical trials. Proceeds from the swim will support gynecological and breast cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island. The 2017 event included music, food, Olympians, clinical investigators, cancer survivors and more than 600 swimmers! Join SwimRI's SAA-RI fundraising team to support a worthwhile cause and enjoy a morning of swimming and socializing on the beach. Traditionally some SwimRI members continue the fun at George's of Galillee.
25th Annual Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, Provincetown, MA.
Sunday, September 9:
FirmMan Open Water Swim and Half, Sprint & Aquabike Triathlons, Narragansett Beach, Narragansett, RI. The half triathlon 1.2-mile swim course is also a standalone open water swim race. Individual entries and sprint/half triathlon relay entries.
TriNewport Sprint, Olympic and Aquabike Triathlons, 2nd Beach, Newport, RI. Individual entries and sprint/half triathlon relay entries.
Boston Sharkfest Swim, Boston, MA. 1500-meter open water race from East Pier in East Boston to Fan Pier in South Boston.
Saturday, September 15:
IGNITE SwimRun Rhode Island, Fred Benson Town Beach (Block Island), New Shoreham, RI. A multi-stage competition in which two-person teams run and swim through a cross-country race course involving many transitions. Long Course: 5 miles open water swimming + 12 miles overland running. Short Course: 2 miles swimming + 9 miles overland running.
Sunday, October 7:
28th Annual Bermuda Round the Sound Swim, Harrington Sound, Bermuda. Three days of non-competitive group swims and other recreational/social activities leading up to Sunday's 10K, 4k, 2K & 0.8K races.
Saturday, October 13:
11th Annual October Swim Fest Masters Mini Meet, Holmes Sports Center Pool, Simmons College, Boston, MA. sanctioned
Annual Membership Meeting, USMS New England Local Masters Swimming Committee, Simmons College, Boston MA. After the October Swim Fest mini meet the NELMSC will provide a free hot lunch for those attending the annual meeting. All current USMS members registered in the NELMSC are free to attend and vote on LMSC business.
October (date TBD):
HAWKtoberfest Alumni & Masters Mini Meet, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. SwimRI and other participants lunch at Aidan's Pub. recognized
Wednesday-Sunday, November 7-11:
Barbados Open Water Festival, Carlisle Bay, Bridgetown, Barbados. Three days of practice swim + two days of races: 1.5K, 3.3K, 5K & 10K.
Saturday, November 17 (tentative):
7th Annual SwimRI "Stuffies v Steamers" Intra-Squad Dual Meet, Providence College Taylor Natatorium, Providence, RI. Informal, high-school-style dual meet where each swimmer races in 1-2 individual events and 1-2 relays. 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.
Friday-Sunday, December 7-9 (tentative):
New England LMSC Short Course Meters Championship, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Hosted by Worcester Area Masters. sanctioned