The Brazos River Sharkfest Swim will consist of 3 distances: 1K, 1.5 mile and 2.4 mile swims in Lake Brazos through downtown Waco in the heart of Texas.  The 1K swim will start at McLane Stadium Marina. The 1.5 mile and 2.4 mile swims will start at the Bledsoe Miller Recreation Center. All swims will finish at the Marina at Baylor University.  The 1.5 mile swim will be point to point down the river under the many bridges including the historic Waco Suspension Bridge built in 1870 to accommodate the cattle drives on the Chisholm Trail.  The 2.4 mile swim will do an out and back section up the lake to add the additional distance (.9 miles) before rejoining the 1.5 mile course.  The swim will go under a total of 12 bridges and will allow for great spectator opportunities both from the suspension bridge and the walkways along the shoreline of the river.  There is minimal current in this section of the Brazos River, as there is a dam at the downriver end of Lake Brazos.  Post event festivities and the awards ceremony will take place indoors at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame (600 yards from the finish line).  Water temperature is anticipated to be in the upper 70’s and wetsuits will not be allowed.  Lifeguards will be positioned along the course and swimmers are never more than 50 yards from the shoreline.

PLEASE NOTE: This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes.


Registration Fees

Adult - 1K

(18 & Up)

Feb 8 - May 31 Current Price $40.00
Jun 1 - Jun 24 $50.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $60.00

Youth - 1K

(17 & Under)

Feb 8 - Jun 24 Current Price $25.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $30.00

Adult - 1.5 Miles

(18 & Up)

Feb 8 - May 31 Current Price $50.00
Jun 1 - Jun 24 $60.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $70.00

Youth - 1.5 Miles

(17 & Under)

Feb 8 - Jun 24 Current Price $25.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $30.00

Adult - 2.4 Miles

(18 & Up)

Feb 8 - May 31 Current Price $50.00
Jun 1 - Jun 24 $60.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $70.00

Youth - 2.4 Miles

(17 & Under)

Feb 8 - Jun 24 Current Price $25.00
Jun 25 - Jun 25 $30.00

Course Map

DISTANCE: 1K, 1.5 Miles and 2.4 Miles

Event Details

ATHLETE CHECK-IN: Athlete Check-in is from 6:00-7:15AM at the Bledsoe Miller Recreation Center, where you will have your hands numbered with your race number and pick up your swim cap.

WATER TEMP: ~75-78° F 

COURSE CUT-OFF TIMES: 25 minutes for 1K, 90 minutes for 1.5 Miles, 2 hours 20 minutes for 2.4 Miles

INCENTIVES: T-Shirts for all participants. Sharkfest Swim Medals for top three finishers in each age group. Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the first place overall male & female finishers. Brazos Iron Shark Trophy for first place in 2.4 Mile, the Brazos Bull Shark Trophy for the 1.5 Mile, and the Brazos Bear Shark Trophy for first place in the 1K.

AGE GROUP BREAKDOWN: Male and Female: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84.

ENTRANT LETTER: An entrant letter with all the race day details will be emailed to all registered participants and posted online here 1-2 weeks prior to event day. Please check back for any updates and the full race day itinerary.

PARKING: There will be plenty of parking available at both the start and finish areas.

GEAR TRANSPORT: You will be given a bag tag at check-in to put on your gear bag for anything you need transported from the start to the finish.

CANCELLATIONS:  Registrations are non-refundable. If you can no longer participate in this event, you may receive a rollover credit (minus a $20 processing fee) toward a future event as long as you let us know by May 25 2017. After that date, a doctor's note is required to receive a credit.

Travel & Accommodations

Hilton Waco 254-754-8484, 113 South University Parks Drive, Waco, TX 76701

Reservations may be made online here by 6/2/17 for discount rates (valid 6/23/17 to 6/26/17): $159

Marriott Courtyard Waco 254-752-8686, 101 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701

Reservations may be made online here by 6/2/17 for discount rates (valid 6/23/17 to 6/26/17): $159

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Event Schedule

  • June 25 06:00 AM CDT - Athlete Check-in

  • June 25 07:30 AM CDT - 2.4 Mile Race Starts

  • June 25 08:00 AM CDT - 1.5 Mile Race Starts

  • June 25 09:00 AM CDT - 1K Race Starts

  • June 25 10:30 AM CDT - Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

Lake Brazos, Waco, TX, United States

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