Swim Defiance 2017

Event Information

Swim safety buoys are MANDATORY for this race.
More information about the Swim safety buoys is available on the SAFETY page.

The website will be updated with 2018 Information as soon as it is available!

Swim Defiance offers a chipped timed 3K, chip monitored 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave and a chip timed 5K event;

3K Event Information

The 3K event will start by taking a 15 minute Washington State Tahlequah ferry at 7:35 am to the Vashon Ferry dock. Swimmers will disembark and enter the water at the beach north of the yellow buoys that are southwest of the ferry dock in time for an 8:00 am race start. The Julie Montiel Friend and Family chip monitored wave will start 2 minutes (8:02 am) behind the chip timed wave. The 3K swim cut off time is 2 hours after the start of the race.

5K Event Information

5K event starts FIRST at 7:10 am in-water between two orange buoys in a clock-wise, triangular swim course from Owen Beach around two tall yellow buoys near Vashon Island and will finish with a beach exit across a timing mat. The 5K swim cut off time is 2 hours and 50 minutes after the start of the race.

Participants for both events will receive the following:
  • Custom designed participant award
  • Safety monitored and kayak guided ocean swim with a HUGE bright yellow finish arch
  • Brightly colored cap, required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music


  • 18 years of age or older, as of June 3rd, 2017 AND
  • Currently registered with USMS, Canadian, or Foreign Masters
  • Additional $22 'One Event USMS Registration' fee is available
Non-PNA USMS registered swimmers must submit a copy of their current year registration card to the race registrar.


Current USMS rules will govern this event. Time limits are enforced for both swims: 3K - 2 hours, 5K - 2 hours 50 minutes. Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, mp3 players are examples of items allowed only in the Julie Montiel Friend and Family wave, under USMS rules. To view USMS complete rules for open water events please visit USMS Rules and Regulations at www.usms.org/rules

Race provided caps are required.

Neoprene wetsuits are required, unless swimmer has pre-approval from the safety / race director. Download the Non-Wetsuit cold water swim application and email a completed copy to Zena Courtney, Race director, a minimum of 2 days ahead of the event. Non-Wetsuit Cold Water Swim Application


Registration opens Friday, March 17th CLICK HERE to register.

3K Event 5K Event Comments
Early Bird Special $68.00 $68.00 March 17th - April 1st
Online Entries $80.00 $80.00
Day of Race Registration $95.00 $95.00 June 3rd, 2017
USMS One Day Registration $22.00 $22.00

Registration closes 06/01/2017 11:59 PM or when the event is full. Maximum number of athletes for Swim Defiance is 300.

USMS One-Event Fee

USMS offers a Swim Defiance One-Event entry fee for $22 to this USMS Sanctioned event. For $30 more, enjoy USMS membership for the remainder of the year and MORE USMS insured 2017 Open Water Swims! Membership also includes access to pool events, clinics, coaches and a USMS magazine subscription. Contact PNA registrar Stephanie Hiebert at ravenlou@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy

Online open water registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Long Sleeve Shirts Available

$25.00 SM, MD, LG, X-LG $30.00 2-XL

Race Day Schedule

05:45 AM Swimmer Check in opens
06:45 AM Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing
07:10 AM 5K Race start
07:35 AM 3K swimmers leave Pt. Defiance to Tahlequah, Vashon Island on board WA State Ferry
08:00 AM 3K Race start
08:02 AM 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start
08:15 AM Expected first 5K finisher
09:40 AM Expected first 3K finisher
10:02 AM 3K/5K Swimmer CUT-OFF time


Custom designed participant award and caps to all competitors. FREE drawing for FREE customized prizes for participants and volunteers will be held while waiting for the last competitors to finish. Custom event awards for overall male and female in each event. 1st - 3rd place vintage medals will be presented to men and women in age groups 18 - 24, 25 - 29, ... 80+. Scrumptious post-race refreshments will be available.

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