Swim Defiance 2018


The race location for 2021 has been moved out of Point Defiance Park due to construction. The 2021 event will start at the beach just east of Cummings Park, 3939 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402 and will take swimmers east on a clockwise course to various turnaround points depending on distance. Jack Hyde Park is the furthest turnaround point and represents the longest distance. Swimmers will return to Cummings Park beach parallel to Ruson Way in Commencement Bay in Tacoma, WA. There are 3K and 5K triangular course swims and a smaller 1K triangular course swim. Water jugs provided for rinsing at finish on the trapezoidal concrete slap just east of Cummings Park near the Republic of Korea granite memorial. There will be portable toilets near beach start / finish area. There are also Metro Parks facilities at the nearby Les Davis Marine Pier Park.

The swim is open to qualified registered swimmers as of July 31, 2021. Current USMS open water guidelines will be followed for this event except for age limitations. Neoprene wetsuits, swim safe buoy and race provided caps are required. A swimmer under 18 will be allowed to compete only if they wear a wetsuit, acquire parental signature approval and complete a witnessed Swim Defiance Proof of time form 37:30 / 1500 meter pool swim OR a 41:15 / 1650 yard pool swim OR provide race results proving a 50 minute or faster / 1 mile open water course.

Swim Defiance mandatory safety meeting will be held at 11:15 AM the day of the race.

Event Site Plan

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]

Race Info

The course will be marked with large buoys. Lifeguards, kayaks, Tacoma Police, Tacoma Fire, Pierce County Fire Water Rescue and Tacoma Maritime Institute and personal volunteer safety boats will monitor the entire course. Body marking required on hands. Competitors must wear the color-coded race caps. All swimmers required to use their own personal brightly colored safety buoy for the entire event. Buoys are available, for purchase, during registration.

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

Cummings Beach Facilities

Change rooms, washrooms, no showers, concession stand, FREE parking lot. We do not always have a volunteer to watch your gear while you swim, so prepare to leave valuables in your vehicle or lock them with your bicycle on the beach.