Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Florida LMSC for USMS Sanction # 148-W002
Florida Swimming for USA Swimming Official Approval Number # pending
Hosted by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters
Event Directors: David Miner 941-545-9709, Steve Butler 941-376-3524
About Siesta Key: A gorgeous barrier island adjacent to Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach was ranked the #1 beach in the US in 2011. Siesta Key has world-class dining and shopping along with outstanding accommodations. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great race and a special weekend.
Hotels: Visit www.sarasotasharkshotels.com for links to local hotels.
USMS & USA Swimming races offered:
1K (1 length)
2.5K (1 loop)
5K (2 loops)
Entries: Only first 400 entries accepted. Please note that this race has sold out in the past, so enter early. Online entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 6, 2018. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Entries will be processed through the Club Assistant web site.
Eligibility: The race is open to all members of U.S. Masters Swimming and all ATHLETE members of USA Swimming. Adults who are not current members of U.S. Masters Swimming may pay for a one-day membership during the online entry process; the one-day membership is $22.00 (in addition to the event entry fee). A better deal is to join USMS in September or October and select the "year-plus" membership option: http://www.usms.org/reg/register.php. One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.
Entry Fee: $45
Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".
Note: There are NO refunds: Due to the fixed costs of running a race such as this one, we do not offer any refunds for weather-related cancellations or if you are unable to swim for any reason.
6:30 a.m. Check-in at the beach pavilion
7:15 a.m. Check-in closes
7:20 a.m. Pre-race safety meeting for ALL swimmers (mandatory)
8:00 a.m. 1K start
8:05 a.m. 5K start
8:10 a.m. 2.5K start
Rules (READ THIS!)
- Current 2018 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern the event. All distances will be swum “Open.” Final results will be posted by age group.
- No wetsuits allowed
- No triathlon suits or suits that cover the shoulders
- No headphone music listening devices can be used while swimming. If you are found wearing headphones, you will be disquailified.
- You must wear the provided swim cap during the race.
- The time limit for the 5k is 2.5 hours. Swimmers still in the water after 2.5 hours will be notified that the race is over and asked to leave the water. Results will show their time as DNF (did not finish).
- All swimmers must be body marked with their race number before they can enter the water.
- Escorting a swimmer: If you desire to have someone swim with you during your race that is ok, however, they MUST be a registered swimmer in the event. They CANNOT swim with you unless they are registered. Having them swim with you and not being registered jeopardizes our insurance for every participant.
Check-In: Check-in and body marking will take place at the Siesta Key gazebo immediately prior to the pre-race meeting. Racing chips will be issued to all competitors. Please note that racing chips must be worn on your ankle when crossing the finish line in order for your time to be properly recorded. If you carry your chip in your hand, or any place other than your ankle, the equipment will not detect your finish time, and as a result, you will not receive a time or place.
Pre-race Meeting: The pre-race athlete meeting is MANDATORY for all swimmers! No exception. The meeting will take place at the check-in/gazebo area for all race distances. Please refer to course map for course details.
Equipment: All participants will be provided with a swim cap, which must be worn during the race. Wetsuits are not permitted. Support craft other than designated event craft are not permitted. Persons allergic to latex should plan to wear a silicone cap beneath their race cap or bring their own brightly-colored silicone cap.
Water Temperature: 78-84 degrees. Real-time water temperature is available at:
Safety: Emergency personnel on watercraft will protect the course. Medical personnel will be onsite. In case of inclement weather, unusually adverse surf conditions, or any other factors that may arise, an event committee composed of the event directors, referee, and a senior member of the YMCA may modify starting times or cancel events.
Time Limit: Maximum time permitted to complete the race is 2.5 hours. Swimmers still in the water after 2.5 hours will be notified that the race is over and asked to leave the water. Results will show their time as DNF (did not finish).
Age: The age of the swimmer on the day of the swim will determine the age group.
Results: Results will be posted at the awards area immediately following the completion and online at dixiezone.org.
Awards: Awards will be given to the overall winner, male and female, for each race 1K, 2.5K, 5K for both USMS and USA Swimming divisions. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in each age group, for each race, and for both USMS and USA Swimming divisions.
Awards Presentation: Awards for the 1K race will be given on the beach immediately following the race. There will be post-race food and beverages, provided by Sharks sponsors, for all race participants at the race check-in area. Awards for the 2.5K and 5K races will be given out at that time.
Directions: Address is 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL, 34242. Take Interstate 75 to Sarasota exit #205 (Clark Road). Take Clark Road west approximately 6 miles. Cross US 41 and continue across the bridge. Stay right after the bridge and take a right on Midnight Pass Road. Continue north on Midnight Pass Road to Siesta Key Beach. There is ample parking. Check-in is adjacent to the parking lot. Look for the lighted tables.