Swim Defiance 2019

Registration Information

PLEASE NOTE: We are waiting for Pierce County to go to Phase 3 so they can issue a permit for the event. We will open registration as soon as we have a permit. Unfortunately, we cannot open registration prior to having a permit because of high refund costs through our merchants. Dates below will be adjusted when we are closer to opening registration.

Swim Defiance offers an untimed 1K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave and competitive timed 3K and 5K events.


  • ALL AGES ACCEPTED; Age will be determined by your age as of July 31st, 2021
  • SWIMMERS UNDER 18: You must wear a wetsuit, have a USA sanctioned meet documented time of 6:30 (500 yards) or 5:45 (400 meters) within the last year, parental approval signature, and are only eligible for the 1k or 3k races. This will be required as part of the online entry form. You can also provide 500 yard / 400 meter trial swim documentation using the downloadable Proof of Time form that needs to be witnessed, signed by a parent, and signed by your USA swim coach.
  • All 5K Swimmers (if not a repeat finisher) MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE (e.g. online meet result) of a 37:30/1500 meter pool swim OR a 41:15/1650 yard pool swim OR 50 minute/1 mile open water course within the last 2 years. This will be required as part of the online entry form. Download the Proof of Time form if documentation needs to be created; note Proof of Time swim chart must be signed by a witness.


This event will follow the current 2021 USMS Open Water Swim rules. Time limits are enforced for the swims as follows: 1K - 1.5 hours, 3K and 5K - 2 hours. Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, mp3 players are examples of items allowed only in the Julie Montiel 1K Friend and Family wave. To view USMS complete rules for open water events please visit USMS Rules and Regulations at www.usms.org/rules, Part 3: Open Water and Long Distance Swimming Rules.

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

Brightly colored race provided caps are required to be worn during the entire water portion of the event.

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.


T-shirts are available for purchase during registration. T-shirt purchase cutoff date will be 1 week prior to the event. We will purchase a few t-shirts to sell at the event. Register early to ensure we have your size.

  • $30.00 SM, MD, LG, XL
  • $35.00 2XL, 3XL

Swim Buoys available for purchase during registraton

  • $20.00 Medium


All Events Comments
Early Bird Special $70.00 Monday, May 24th - Monday, June 14th
Registration $80.00 Tuesday, June 15th - Thursday, July, 29
Day of Race Registration $95.00 July 31st

Registration closes Thursday, July 29th 11:59 PM or when the event is full. Maximum number of athletes for Swim Defiance is 200, depending on the number of participants entered and to ensure spacing, age based waves may be assigned.

Cancellation Policy

NO REFUNDS: There will be NO Refunds if these races must be cancelled due to adverse conditions, dangerous waters, other safety decisions or an act of God.

Race Day Schedule

10:30 AM Swimmer Check in opens
11:15 AM Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing
12:00 PM 3K and 5K Race start
12:30 PM 1K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start
12:45 PM Expected first 1K / 3K finisher
1:30 PM Expected first 5K finisher
2:00 PM 1K / 3K / 5K Swimmer CUT-OFF Time
Participants for both events will receive the following:
  • Custom designed participant award
  • Brightly colored custom race cap, ability to purchase discounted brightly swim buoy, both required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music


Custom designed participant award and caps to all competitors. 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.