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Online registration is closed. Race day registration will be available Adult $200, Youth $80. Read the race day details online here.


Sharks in Jersey City? You can bet there will be this summer when several hundred swimmers (aka, sharks) descend there. What could be more sensational than swimming in the waters off the iconic Statue of Liberty, the most well known lady in the United States? The swim will start just outside the security zone of Liberty Island and will go past the historic Ellis Island and the Colgate clock on the Jersey City shoreline, then into the Morris Canal to finish at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park with a view of the new Freedom Tower in the background. The ferry fee for swimmers is included in the entry fee. This swim is limited, so don’t wait too long to register for a not-to-be-missed event! What a wonderful opportunity to enter New York Harbor through “America’s Golden Door” as Jersey City is historically known.

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

Course Map

DISTANCE: 1.5 Miles

Event Details


WATER TEMP: ~70-72° F


INCENTIVES: T-Shirts for all participants. Sharkfest Swim Medals for top three finishers in each age group (wetsuit & non-wetsuit combined). Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the first place finishers in each age group (wetsuit & non-wetsuit combined).

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 will be available at Liberty Landing Marina for $7/car.

CANCELLATIONS:  Registrations are non-refundable. If you can no longer participate in this event, you may receive a rollover credit (minus a $35 processing fee) toward a future event as long as you let us know by June 14 2018. After that date, a doctor's note is required to receive a credit.

Race Day Details

  • 5:30–6:30AMATHLETE CHECK-IN will be held outside the Liberty House Restaurant off of Audrey Zapp Drive in Liberty State Park on the Manhattan side of the restaurant. You MUST BRING A PHOTO ID to pick up your swim cap and have your hands marked with your race number.
  • 6:30AMPRE-RACE ANNOUNCEMENTS will be made next to the Liberty House Restaurant.
  • 6:40AMBOARD FERRY adjacent to check-in.
  • 6:55AMFERRY DEPARTS. Miss the ferry, miss the swim!
  • 7:25AMJUMP OFF FERRY starting at the first ferry horn blast. It takes about 5 minutes for everyone to get off the boat. The race will start approximately 1 minute after the last swimmer jumps off the ferry, so please swim to the paddleboard delineated start line as soon as you get in the water.
  • 7:30AMRACE START is signaled by the SECOND ferry horn blast at approximately this time.
  • 9:00AM: Informal AWARDS CEREMONY will take place, announcing the age group winners (wetsuit and non-wetsuit combined) and handing out medals to those winners. Final results will be posted online at and personalized award plaques will be mailed a few weeks later.
  • Post Race: Swimmers are encouraged to hang out with their friends and family at Liberty State Park. It's a great spot to trade post-race "war stories" from the swim while enjoying our spread of snacks, and the view from dry land. There is a water taxi service to take swimmers back to Manhattan AFTER the raceClick here for the ferry schedule.

Event Schedule

  • July 14 7:30 AM EDT - Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, United States

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