Saturday, October 28, 2017
Swim Without Limits, Inc.
Open Water Registration
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
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At beautiful Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida LMSC for USMS Sanction
Florida Swimming for USA Swimming Official Approval #pending
Hosted by Swim Without Limits, Inc.
Race website: www.SwimWithoutLimits.com
David Miner 941-545-9709
Steve Butler 941-376-3524
About Fort De Soto Park
The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). Fort De Soto was named America’s Top Beach for 2009 by Trip Advisor. In 2005, “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach. There are over 7-miles of waterfront, including almost three miles of beautiful white sandy beach. The park is about 20 minutes from downtown St. Petersburg. For more information on Fort De Soto Park, go to http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm.
About the Race
This is a 10K+ (6.5 mile) open water swim race around three sides of the beautiful park and island chain of Fort De Soto. Each solo swimmer will have a pilot (kayak escort) to provide safety, navigation, and nutrition to the swimmer. Swimmers can enter as a solo swimmer, 2-person relay, or 3-person relay. Relay teams must take turns swimming and paddling, meaning that each person swims a portion of the race and paddles the kayak a portion of the race. Relay swimmers cannot have a dedicated pilot!
The course starts at the Fort De Soto Boat Ramp and heads west through Bunces Pass and into the Gulf of Mexico. The course then turns south along the island passing beautiful white sand beaches to the pier and around the point of the island. The course then heads east along more white sand beaches finishing at Shelter #14 in Fort De Soto Park.
The official race hotel is the Postcard Inn On The Beach. There are a block of 15 rooms available with a great room discount and no resort fee. When making a reservation, tell them you are with Swim Without Limits. You MUST CALL THEM or email them to book your room. Don't wait too long as once the rooms are gone, they're gone!
Postcard Inn: 6300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Call now to make your reservation: 800.237.8918 or email email@example.com
To receive the discount: Tell them you're with Swim Without Limits
PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t participate in the race or there are weather issues, there are no refunds, transfers, or deferrals for any reason. The cost of the event is fixed and the money has been spent come race day.
It is advised that you complete at least a 2- to 3-hour training swim and practice feeding every 30-minutes prior to attempting this race!If you’re doing a relay and don’t have experience paddling a kayak, it is highly recommended that you spend time learning how to paddle a kayak safely.If you’re a solo swimmer, make sure you communicate with your pilot prior to race day so that you’re both on the same page about your race plans. Don’t wait until race day to communicate! If we’re providing a pilot for you, we’ll be sending both you and your pilot an email introducing each other. You’ll then have their email address for further communication.If you have any questions about your ability to swim this event, please contact the race directors
Water safety will be provided by the escort pilots on kayaks, powerboats, jet skis, a police boat, and an EMT that will be patrolling the course. Each powerboat will be flying a small orange flag and each jet ski rider will have an orange mark on the back of their life jackets for identification. Pilots will be instructed on how to seek assistance. An EMT will be available on the water and safety personnel will be instructed on how to assist a distressed swimmer and trained medical personnel will be available to assist in emergency situations. The MANDATORY pre-race meeting will review common communication signals for pilots (and swimmers) to use and recognize out on the course.
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Shelter 14 is where race check-in and all pre-race and post race activities will take place. The finish line is directly in front of Shelter 14. Swimmers should proceed directly to Shelter 14 race day morning.
Pilots should go directly to the boat ramp to offload their kayaks in a designated area. Volunteers will be there to help and provide security for the kayaks. Pilots should then drive to Shelter 14 and park their vehicle there. Pilots and swimmers will be transported to the boat ramp for the race start.
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