2020 Annual Maryland Swim for Life

DCAC Meets

Saturday, September 19, 2020

USMS Sanction : 100-W002

DC Aquatics Club Meets

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01:00 PM
Thu, Sep 17, 2020
11:59 PM

2.5K, 5K, 7.5K Swims and 1.2M and 2.4M Triathlon Swims

Rolph’s Wharf Marina on the Chester River
Hosted by District of Columbia Aquatics Club
Sanctioned by Potomac Valley LMSC for USMS, Inc. Sanction No. 100-W002

Note: It is Mandatory that each swimmer contribute a minimum of $100 in pledges in addition to the registration fees. This is a fundraiser!


The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) (www.swimdcac.org) is proud to host the 29th Annual Maryland Swim for Life on Saturday, September 19, 2020. DCAC is a D.C.-based United States Masters Swimming team and is a 501(c)(3) organization. This is our 20th year of hosting this community fundraiser. Proceeds from Swim for Life supports four local nonprofits whose mission statements include environmental, medical, health, wellness and fitness advocacy. We invite all swimmers, old and new, to join us in participating in this wonderful event.

COMPLETE OVERVIEW: All of the detailed information and maps are contained in the Complete Overview link above. All participants and volunteers are encouraged to download a print a copy for themselves.

The single page Event Flyer: Click here.

Online Registration and Fundraising powered by ClubAssistant.com

REGISTRATION: The registration fee for MD Swim for Life is $40. With your registration fee, you will receive breakfast, picnic lunch, a swim cap and a t-shirt. We strongly encourage swimmers to register for Swim for Life though Club Assistant, which allows you to reach out to family and friends and collect donations online. Club Assistant will also confirm your USMS registration or allow you to purchase your one-event USMS registration (“OEVT”) if you are not USMS-registered. Online entries are paid by credit card to "ClubAssistant.com Events".
Online registration will close at 11:59 pm eastern daylight time on Thursday September 17, 2020. We will still accept race-day registrations (paper form will be available at the race venue on the day of the race) if you are unable to register online.

PLEASE NOTE: You must be a United States Masters Swimming (USMS) registered swimmer to participate in this swim. See www.usms.org/reg/ to register with USMS. If you are not a USMS member, a one-event USMS registration (OEVT) for a fee of $15.00 is available via online registration. However, please consider joining USMS. If you plan on registering day of and are USMS registered, please bring your USMS card to the swim.

FUNDRAISING/AWARDS: It is Mandatory that each swimmer must contribute a minimum of $100 in pledges; many swimmers raise far more. Special prizes will be awarded to the top 5 fundraisers, based on pledges submitted by the start of the event. If you register online, you can submit your minimum pledge online and you can direct your sponsors to the online donation option. Pledge checks can be made payable to “DCAC Swim for Life.” Checks, cash, Venmo, Paypal and credit cards will be accepted on the day of the event. 

The top finishers, male and female, in  the 18-30, 31-45 & 46 & up age categories for each distance will also receive recognition.

Funds raised are distributed to our charities: Heart to Hand, Inc., Quality of Life Retreats, ShoreRivers and District of Columbia Aquatics Club.

LOCATION: This year’s event will again take place at Rolph’s Wharf Marina on the Queen Anne’s County side of the Chester River, three miles south of Chestertown in Kent County.

CAMPING: At this year's event, we are offering onsite camping at Rolph's Wharf for Friday, September 18, 2020. Campers will have full access to the showers and bathrooms at The River Inn. The DCAC swimmers will also be onsite Friday night completing the set-up for the event. The camping cost is $50 per tent.

MUSIC: Playing live this year at the 2020 Maryland Swim for Life is The October Sessions, Washington DC's favorite string band, blending old time, folk, bluegrass, and original songs all rolled up with rich sonorities and foot-stomping energy. The harmonies are tight, the songwriting is fresh, and the down home fiddle tunes will have you on your feet, despite your aching muscles.

DIRECTIONS: From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge: Take 50 East to 301 North. 50 East and 301 North separate approximately 9 miles past the Bay Bridge. Stay on 301 by taking the left fork. In approximately 5 miles, take the Route 213 North exit toward Chestertown and Washington College. After 2 miles, you will pass through Centreville. Proceed another 10 miles and turn left onto Rolph’s Wharf Road. A Swim for Life banner will mark this turn. Follow Rolph’s Wharf Road for 2 miles and a volunteer will direct you for parking. If you plan to drive Saturday morning, it is best to leave early to avoid summer bridge traffic.

(note there could be slight changes to the exact start and end time due to weather conditions)

7:00-8:15 am     On-Site Registration (check-in) and Breakfast
8:30 am             Opening Ceremony and Swimmer Instructions
9:00 am             Swim Start
12:30 pm           Swim Cutoff; Picnic Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Every swimmer must be registered and checked-in by 8:15 am on race day. All pledge money not submitted online also is due by 8:15 am, to be counted towards determination of fundraising prize winners. ABSOLUTELY NO changes to race distance will be permitted after registration closes. To ensure the validity of the swim results, except for safety reasons, no mid-course corrections will be allowed. If you do not complete your designated distance, you MUST inform the event coordinators. During check-in, swimmers will be body-marked and capped according to distance, and will receive a timing chip on a velcro strap, to be worn around one ankle.

COURSE: Participants will start and finish at Rolph’s Wharf, in five waves by distance (7.5K swim starts first). The swims are out (upriver) and back (downriver) and run parallel to shore. Course map is here. The course is marked by inflatable yellow buoys at the start and at the 1.25K turnaround. The triathlon turnaround buoy will be orange at the .6M turnaround. Swimmers should always keep the buoys to their right. Water safety officials have the authority to determine when a swimmer needs to be removed from the water. Any swimmer removed from the water must report immediately to the recording station upon returning to shore. The swim ends promptly at 12:30 pm. Any swimmer still in the water at that time will be picked up by safety personnel.

WATER: Water temperature on swim mornings is usually in the mid-70s. Wetsuits are allowed (but most swimmers do not wear one as the water is very comfortable); other flotation devices (e.g., pull buoys, paddles, fins) are not. USMS regulations prohibit wetsuits if temperatures exceed 78 degrees.

WATER QUALITY: Swimmers can monitor any advisories or warnings on water quality on the ShoreRivers website here.

TRAINING/ELIGIBILITY: All swimmers must be 18 years of age and registered with USMS to participate in this swim. USMS registration is easy to do online atwww.usms.org/reg/. One-event USMS memberships, good for this event only, are available for a fee of $15 though Club Assistant during online registration. All swimmers are urged to train for this event, and novices are urged to enter the shorter distance waves.

SAFETY: Safety support at the swim will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard and their Auxiliary, Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Chesapeake Paddlers’ Association, ShoreRivers, the Kent and Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad, Chesapeake Bay Boston Whalers Club, and other local volunteer boaters and kayakers.

EVENT POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION: In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the event may be postponed up to 2­ hours. No “rain date” is scheduled. No refunds of any registration fees or donations will be made due to weather. Refunds of OEVT registration fees received via online registration prior to the event will be made if requested. Modification of the event distances is at the discretion of the Event Director and may be made in the event of impending weather concerns. Cancellations and modifications to the event will be at the sole discretion of the Event Director and Safety Coordinator, in coordination with the US Coast Guard and local authorities.

COVID-19 MODIFICATIONS: We will be practicing social distancing on the day of the event. Below are the modifications and possible scenarios:

We will be monitoring the status of the COVID-19 situation and the regulations put in place by the State of Maryland and Kent and Queen Anne's Counties for events and outdoor gatherings. While the event is subject to cancellation, the 2020 Maryland Swim for Life will continue to provide updates as they become available so please check the web site to stay informed!

Because of the coronavirus, we will make the following modifications to the event:
  1. Enforcing social distancing during check-in, race starts, and post-race activities
  2. Providing personal hand sanitizer for use during check-in and any post-race activities
  3. Requiring volunteers to wear masks and gloves
  4. Providing pre-packaged catered food post-race

Because local mandates may change from week to week, we are prepared to make some modifications to the event if necessary, including but not limited to:
  1. Closing registration early and capping the event according to local guidelines
  2. Changing the distances available
  3. Changing starting procedure (example: switching from mass starts in waves for each distance to a time trial start with 6-foot ground markings for participants lining up to start)
  4. Providing a virtual event option where participants can fundraise and engage with other swimmers on social media rather than attend the event in person.
In the event the Maryland Swim for Life is cancelled due to COVID-19, participants can request a refund or distribute their registration fee and fundraising donations to the charities we are supporting.

SWIMMING GEAR: DCAC is proud to be sponsored by TYR Sport 

TIMING & RACE MANAGEMENT: Bluepoint Race Management
For additional information:
Please email swimforlife@swimdcac.org or call Brent Smith at 213-999-7946
    or treasurer@swimdcac or call Kevin Majoros at (410) 382-7205

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