|Swimmer Registration||Thu, Aug 24, 2023 08:00 AM||Thu, Sep 14, 2023 11:59 PM|
This open water bay swim is the 13th annual fundraising event to benefit the youth USA swim team (“Sailfish”) program in the City of Richmond, based at the restored Richmond Municipal Natatorium (“The Plunge”). Proceeds from the event will be used for coaching, equipment, pool fees and swimming scholarships for inner-city youth throughout Richmond. It will be held at Keller Beach, Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline, in cooperation with East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) who will provide water safety and lifeguard services for the event. The event includes open water swim competitions for adult swimmers, at ½-mile, 1-mile and 2-mile distances. This is the final event of the Pacific Masters 2023 open water swim season.
Event Sanctioning and Eligibility
The event is sanctioned by Pacific Masters Swimming for USMS, Inc.; this includes ½-mile, 1-mile and 2-mile swims. All participants must be current 2023 registered members of USMS. Non-USMS swimmers may register and participate by paying an additional single-event fee (OEVT) of $20 (see Entry Fees below). The swim is open to handicapped swimmers; contact Head Coach John Schonder (firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding specific water assistance needs.
|Masters (18 and over):||½-mile, 1-mile & 2-mile swims||Non-Wetsuit and Wetsuit Divisions|
|Swimmer Check-in for ½-mi||7:30 am – 9:00 am|
|Swimmer Check-in for 1 & 2-mi||8:00 am – 10:00 am|
|Welcome and Introductions||9:00 am – 9:10 am|
|Race Instructions: ½ -mile||9:10 am – 9:25 am|
|½ -mile Swim||9:30 am – 10:15 am|
|Race Instructions: 1 & 2-mile||10:10 am – 10:25 am|
|1 & 2-mile Swims||10:30 am – 12:30 pm|
|~~~~Refreshments and Awards following Swims ~~~~|
|Single Swim||1/2 + 1-mi|
|(1/2, 1 or 2-mi)||1/2 + 2-mi|
|Additional one-event (OEVT) registration fee for non-USMS entrants: $20|
***ALL ENTRIES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
Water Safety & Lifeguard Services
Water safety and support will be provided under the direction of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Aquatics Supervisor and lifeguards, including lifeguards, rescue boards, and two motorized boats. All EBRPD guidelines and criteria for open water swim events will be adhered to. The swim area (Keller Cove) is not subject to strong bay currents or significant boat traffic, as it lies off the main tidal channels in a relatively protected cove. Any boats in the area will be precluded from entering the swim area. All participants will be required to wear a brightly-colored swim cap (to be provided), and will receive body-marking for swimmer identification. The use of swim fins, pull buoys or other swimming devices will not be permitted. Personal escorts will only be permitted for handicap swimmers, with approval from the EBRPD Aquatics Supervisor and RPM Race Safety Officer. Note: Under penalty of disqualification, swimmers may not make deliberate contact with craft, craft operators, and/or any physical features on or near the course during the swim.
Directions & Parking
Driving Directions. Keller Beach is located at the intersection of Western Dr. and Dornan Dr. in Pt. Richmond, adjacent to the south portal of the Dornan Dr. Tunnel. From Highway 580, take the Canal Blvd exit and turn south; turn right at W. Cutting Blvd; turn left at Dornan Dr./S.Garrard and proceed past “The Plunge” through the tunnel. Keller Beach is on the right upon exiting the south side of the tunnel.
Parking. Parking near Keller Beach is limited to curbside parking along the west side of Dornan Dr, which stretches for a distance of approximately one mile to the south (toward San Francisco). Come early for close-in parking. Other parking options include: (a) street parking in Point Richmond (near the Plunge) and walk through the tunnel (1/4 mile); (b) Main Parking Lot for Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline (1/3 mile); (c) Dirt parking area across from Main Parking Lot (1/3 mile); and (d) Overflow and South Parking Lot (1/2 mile).
For questions and more information regarding this swim event, Richmond Plunge Masters and Richmond Sailfish youth team, or general information on Masters or USA swimming contacts are provided below:
Richmond Plunge Masters and Richmond Sailfish:
Race Director: Norm Hantzsche (email@example.com)
Race Safety Officer: John Schonder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Masters Head Coach: Ron Taylor (email@example.com)
Meet Referee: Mehdi Nourbakhsh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "WWW.RICHMONDSWIMS.ORG."