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2015 AquaRun For a Child (Individual Races)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gift For A Child

Open Water Registration

Registration Schedule

It is now 8:26 AM PT on Monday, April 23, 2018.
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Swimmer Registration Wed, August 5, 2015 12:00 AM PT Thu, September 17, 2015 11:59 PM PT

You are currently on the registration start page for
AquaRun for Individuals (NOT Relays) and Open Water Swims for Individuals.

To go to the registration for the AquaRun RELAYS, click here.

Short Course: 3K swim /5K run
Intermediate Course: 5K swim /5K run



DAY AND DATE: Sunday, September 20, 2015
HOSTED BY: Gift For A Child
LOCATION: Dalco Passage, Puget Sound, Vashon Island to Owen Beach, Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA.

COURSE: In water start for all AquaRun distances, expected water temp 56-60 degrees F, Strong East to West currents (When swiming North from Owen Beach to Vashon Island/VI, the current takes you West-toward Gig Harbor-Be SURE to compensate and swim toward East end of Vashon Island and be prepared for the reverse on the way from VI to Owen Beach) have been experienced during the middle race in the past 2 years. The current along the finish shore moves swiftly from West to East (toward Port of Tacoma) at about 2 hours into the swim for the 5K and about 60 minutes into swim for the 3K swimmers. The 5K electronic chipped swim is on a triangular course that starts in the water at Owen Beach between at the start buoy and proceeds northeast toward Vashon Island ferry terminal, makes two right hand turns around the outside of a two tall yellow cylindrical buoys at 1.5 miles and then heads southwest back to Owen Beach. The 3K swimmers will take a bus from the finish to the Tahlequah State Ferry, walk on and enjoy a 15 minute ride to Vashon Island. Once arrived, they will walk to the beach just west of the Ferry terminal and start in the water and swim out past the left of the two tall yellow cylindrical buoys. All swimmers will finish with a short run up the beach across a timing mat. Aquathletes will finish with swimmers, head to transition area, change and head out on same 5K run as described below.

The AquaRun 5K run event will start at Owen Beach on the seawall path heading east .625 miles on the right side of the path parallel to the water, near Anthony’s Restaurant and back .625 miles. Then a left hand turn near transition area to a 1.5 mile total loop up the Owen Beach Road hill, right hand turn on Five Mile Drive for .625 miles and return. Finish chute is at Owen Beach. 

Check-in 8:45 AM
Safety meeting 9:45AM
Race start time(s)
10:05AM 5K swim (both ways) Start Time at Owens Beach
10:15AM Take bus from finish to Ferry and walk on with bare minimum/ bags will be brought back on 12:10 PM Ferry
(Ferry fee included in entry)
10:55AM Ferry leaves/15 min crossing to Vashon,
11:20AM  3K Swim Start Time (soon after 11:20AM ferry leaves Vashon Island),
11:30AM 5K Run
Peak High tide 11:02AM

RACE DIRECTOR: Zena Courtney, h:253-927-3695, c:253-740-9872, hrs: 8AM-8PM.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all 2015 registered USATriathlon (USAT) as of 9/20/15. A One-Day Membership can be purchased while registering for an event.  The cost of a One-Day Membership is $12 for adults ($10.00 for youth 17 and under.) USA Triathlon does not sell One-Day Memberships directly.

RULES: Current USAT rules will govern this event. Wetsuits and full-body swimsuits are allowed due to the water temperature. There will be a separate division for Non-wetsuit in the 3K/5K swim only.  No additional devices to help speed, pace, buoyancy, or endurance are allowed (such as webbed gloves, fins, snorkels, etc.).  5K swim cut off time is 2:45 hours, 3K swim cut-off time is 2 hrs. 5K run cutoff is 2 hours.

SAFETY: Lifeguards and safety boats will monitor the entire course. All participants MUST attend the safety meeting. Swim Safety Buoy or race provided balloon is Mandatory. A LARGE 'SaferSwimmer' Buoy is available for purchase with registration for $45.90 and will be available for pick up Race Day morning at Registration table. (NOTE: This will not give you any time to practice with it before the race. If you'd like it earlier, they are available for purchase at the Northwest Tri and Bike Shop, 15423 SE 272ND Street, Suite 107, Kent, WA, 98042. Mention you are registered for the AquaRun for special pricing). Race provided body markings, runner race number and official race swim caps MUST be worn during the entire race.

AWARDS: There will be random drawing prizes, age-group awards in 5 to 10 year increments (based on participation numbers) and delicious post race food and drink.

AquaRun Short Individual - $82/ 11:20AM
AquaRun Intermediate Individual - $92/ 10:05AM
3K Swim - $60/ 11:20AM
5K swim - $70/ 10:05 AM
AquaRun Short  Relay - $95/ 11:020AM
AquaRun Intermediate Relay - $105/10:05AM
Run Only $33/ 11:30AM
9.5% sales tax are already added to entry fee.  Online entries are paid by credit card to Events.
[Entry fee (minus tax and any 1-day reg fee) reimbursed if you bring two fully equipped kayakers day of race. Please send email to by 9/17/2015 so we can plan for it.] 

ENTRY DEADLINE: Online entries deadline midnight Thursday, 9/17/2015. Day of Race entries add $15 extra fee. Entries received after 9/4/2015 will not be guaranteed race shirt in preferred size.

ONLINE ENTRY: Online registration opens on 7/31/2015 and closes at 11:59 pm PDT on 9/17/2015.

PAPER ENTRIES: Not available.

RESULTS: Results will be emailed within 24 hours of race completion and posted on AquaRun and BuDu Racing Websites.

Take I-5 SOUTH to Tacoma (about 32 miles). Take exit 132B for Washington 16W (WA-16) toward Bremerton. Stay on WA16 for approximately 3 miles to Exit 3/6th Ave toward WA-163 N/Ruston. Turn left onto 6th Ave. Take the 1st right onto N Pearl St. Go 3.2 miles on N Pearl Street to stop sign at Pt. Defiance Park entrance. Continue straight thru stop sign intersection onto N Waterfront Dr. as it curves past Pagoda, stay in right lane and follow directions to the Zoo. Pass the Zoo turn off/ road becomes Five Mile Rd. Continue straight past Rhododendron Gardens. Turn right onto Owen Beach Rd, follow down windy hill. Destination is at bottom. Park in parking lot.

Take I-5 NORTH to Tacoma (about 26 miles). Take exit 132 for S 38th St. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Washington 16W (WA-16)/Gig Harbor/Bremerton for 1.0 mi. Keep left to continue on WA-16 west for about 3.0 mi to Exit 3/6th Ave toward WA-163 N/Ruston. Turn left onto 6th Ave. Take the 1st right onto N Pearl St. Go 3.2 miles on N Pearl Street to stop sign at Pt. Defiance Park entrance. Continue straight thru stop sign intersection onto N Waterfront Dr. as it curves past Pagoda, stay in right lane and follow directions to the Zoo. Pass the Zoo turn off/ road becomes Five Mile Rd. Continue straight past Rhododendron Gardens. Turn right onto Owen Beach Rd, follow down windy hill. Destination is at bottom. Park in parking lot.

Hotels near Race are:
Silver Cloud Inn, Tacoma Waterfront, 2317 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA; ‎(253) 272-1300;, 5 miles
Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA; (253) 238-8000;, 7 miles
Best  Western Plus, Tacoma Dome Hotel, 2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA; (800) 780-7234;; 8 miles

Tacoma is called the “City of Destiny” has:

1.  Point Defiance Park - surrounded on three sides by water, the 702 acre (over 283 hectare), it is one of the gems located inside an urban area in the Pacific Northwest. Much of the park is maintained as native forest habitat with hiking trails, picnic facilities, view points and beaches. It is an extremely popular park. Attractions within the park are:
a.  Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has several points of fame, including a wolf breeding program that allowed the North American red wolf to be re-released into the wild after no wild population remained. The aquarium has a good introduction to marine animals of Puget Sound.
b.  Fort Nisqually Living History Museum - while the original location of the old Puget Sound Hudson's Bay Company fort is now nearly completely suburban development, a 1930s era project moved and restored the historic buildings to Tacoma, where they enjoy a forested setting similar to their old home.
c.  Camp 6 Logging Exhibit has been closed due to difficulty in finding sufficient funds and volunteers. 2010 was the final year of operations.
d.  Rhododendron Garden - Unlike most of the rhododendron gardens in the northwest, the Point Defiance garden simulates the native northwest habitat for these flowers. No fee.
e.  Japanese Garden - is quite small, no entrance fee.
f.  Northwest Native Plant Garden - a semi-wild garden designed to illustrate what can be done with plants that are native to the Pacific Northwest. Divided into sub-sections based on soil type and sun/shade conditions. It is fenced against the deer but the gate is unlocked. No fee.
g.  Rose Garden - Fee to enter, but part fenced off area towards the center of the developed part of park. This is to protect the rose, herb and connected gardens from being eaten by deer.
h.  Trails - there are some 14 miles (23 km) of main trails, plus some branch trails. Much of this is through forest, which is an absolute treasure of a preserved ecosystem. Bald eagles and various other wildlife are regulars in the wilderness part of the park.
i.  The Boathouse and Marina doesn't just feature a place to put your boat. You can rent boats here, plus boat motors, plus rain gear, purchase bait, and a number of pieces of memorabilia. You may not be hugely into boats, but the views from the public walkways around the boat house are wonderful on a clear day.
j.  The Anthony's Restaurant next to the boathouse also features wonderful views and good food too.
k.  An entire section of the park includes a number of smaller gardens, including an herb garden and a small Iris Garden. They aren't much as individual attractions but as a group they are an attractive place to visit in spring.
2.  Museum of Glass and Glass Bridge- The displays of internationally fames artists as well as the real time exhibitions in the "HOT room" are incredible. Watching molten glass become art objects is breath taking.
3.  LeMay Auto Museum -one of the country's best auto museums. The museum is loaded with quality automobiles. Luxury cars like the Duesenberg and Lincoln are on the floor. The people's cars like Chevy and VW also have their niche.
4.  Along Ruston Way are sites: Chinese Reconciliation Garden in Jack Hyde Park, Old Town Dock, Dickman Mill Park, Tacoma Fallen Firefighters Memorial and Park.
5.  Tacoma's Federal Courthouse- One painting in the main room, and decorated with Chihuli's pieces. Austere, discreetly elegant as it is convenient, but the tribute to the local artist continues in the large chandelier, and dignifies the place.

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Online Registration closed on 9/17/2015.
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