Swim Defiance 2021

Course Expectations

3K / 5K Event Information

These swims are NOT for beginner swimmers. An open water pace of 2:30 per 100 meters for the 5K is required to make the 2 hours 5K cut-off time. An open water pace of 4 minutes per 100 meters is required to make the 2 hour 3K cut-off time. The 12:00 PM 3K and 5K swims start just after the 11:57 AM peak of high tide. Wave starts may be implemented based on applicable COVID guidelines. Both race courses head North to the 5 foot yellow navigational buoy, then turning clockwise around buoy (right shoulder to buoy), swimmers head east toward Jack Hyde Beach Park. The 3K swimmers will turn clockwise (right shoulder to buoy) around a colored inflatable buoy near Dickman Mill Park and the 5K swimmers will turn clockwise (right should to buoy) around 3 colored inflatable buoys at Jack Hyde Beach Park and swim back to the start beach parallel and closer to the shoreline. Swimming into the currents on the way east may be noticeable, but the current should be assisting swimmers on the way back to the finish pushing them west toward Gig Harbor. Once you can see the yellow arch on the Cummings walkway just south of the finish beach, angle your finish to the beach. Get our at the finish area nd be sure your registration number is recorded with the finish line officials.

1K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Event Information

The 12:30 PM 1K start should have the weakest east-west currents. The course starts at the same beach used for the 3K / 5K start, and may implement wave starts based on applicable COVID guidelines. Swimmers head North to 5 foot yellow navigational buoy, then turning clockwise around the buoy (right shoulder to buoy), swimmers head east toward a buoy just before Les Davis Marine Park Pier, then turning clockwise again around buoy (right shoulder to buoy), swimmers return to the beach finish.

2021 Swim Defiance Event Site Map [Click on the image to enlarge to full screen]

2021 Swim Defiance Finish Line Details [Click on the image to enlarge to full screen]