The Mystic Sharkfest will be a 1500 meter swim from the dock behind Latitude 41 Restaurant at Mystic Seaport, down the Mystic River, under the famous Bascule drawbridge to finish at the boat launch ramp at the north end of Seaport Marine. This swim will give you the perfect excuse to visit a classic New England seaport on Long Island Sound. The swim course will take you past the fully restored whaling ship, Charles Morgan and around the Mystic Harbor lighthouse and down river through the picturesque village.
Don't miss the opportunity to explore this small town that is steeped in shipbuilding history. Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum. Its collections and exhibits include over 500 historic watercraft, a major research library, a large gallery of maritime art, a unique diorama displaying the town of Mystic as it was in the 19th century, a ship restoration shipyard, the Treworgy Planetarium, and a re-creation of a 19th-century seafaring village. There are abundant shops and restaurants in downtown Mystic including the famous Mystic Pizza (from the movie of the same name) and Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream. You will also want to visit the Mystic Aquarium where you can actually pet the sharks...the perfect conclusion to your Sharkfest weekend.
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.
DISTANCE: 1500 Meters
ATHLETE CHECK-IN: Athlete Check-in will be held on the lawn behind Latitude 41 Restaurant.
WATER TEMP: ~65-70° F
COURSE CUT-OFF TIME: 45 minutes
INCENTIVES: T-Shirts for all participants. Sharkfest Swim Medals for top three finishers in each age group (non-wetsuit and wetsuit). Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the first place finishers in each age group, (non-wetsuit and wetsuit).
AGE GROUP BREAKDOWN: Male and Female: 5-6, 7-8, 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, 85-89, 90-94, 95-100!
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: Parking is available in the Mystic Seaport free public parking lot on Rossie Pentway across the street from Latitude 41 Restaurant.
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 June 8 2018. After that date, a doctor's note is required to receive a credit.
July 8 7:00 AM EDT - Athlete Check-In
July 8 8:15 AM EDT - Pre-Race Announcements
July 8 8:30 AM EDT - Race Starts
July 8 9:30 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony