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This annual celebration of open water swim just keeps growing.  We are proud to be joining Canaqua Sports as part of an exciting across Canada series of aquatic events including the Sea Dogs Open Water Swim and the Saint John Swim/Run Challenge right here at home. This year there are some great new additions, events now include a 1-km swim a 3-km and 5-km swim.  

All particpants will receive a finishers medal, bathing cap, post race snacks and post race draw prizes 

Except in the Traditional races, wetsuits will be allowed unless conditions would make them unsafe.   

There will be three age groups; 29 and under, 30-49, and 50 and over. 

There will be prizes for the First, Second and Third Place Male and Female swimmers in each event and for the First Place age group male and female. 

We will also be offering a SwimRun race in association with Canaqua Sports SwimRun Challenge.  This race will be roughly 10-km in length

There will be a minimum of 3 swims and 3 runs of varying distances over the route with 1 mass start at the Beach. You will need to carry all your gear and equipment with you to complete the entire race. Flotation equipment is allowed, ie, floats, pull buoys, kick boards, paddles are all legal as you will need to carry or wear your running shoes while swimming and carry your goggles, swim caps while running. Equipment may not be discarded anywhere on the course and outside assistance is not permitted and there is no transition area. Team members are there to help each other as a safety feature so you must start together, swim together, run together and finish together. 

This year we are also offering the option of doing the race as an individual, same rules apply but you are on your own.  

The SwimRun is an "open" category event with prizes for the top team and top individual male, top individual female.

Learn more about SwimRun as a sport at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWEtZ44L4XM 

For the kids we will have the Sea Dogs Splash and Dash from tykes all the way up to the early teens, something for everyone will be available.  The 5 and under requires no registration, just join us on race day for some fun. 

The Little River Resevoir is quickly becoming a centre for endurance sport with the Little River Resevoir Ultra Marathon and the Sea Dogs Open Water Swim choosing that great facility as home. 

Splash and Dash Ages & Distances: 

under 5 yrs                

25m swim – 200m run                                                                                                                             

6-7 yrs                                        

50m swim & 500m run                                                                                                               

8-9 yrs

100m swim & 1k run                                                                                                                 

10-11 yrs

200m swim & 2km run                                                                                                        

12-13 yrs

300m swim & 3.3k run                                                                                                            

14-15 yrs

500m swim & 3.3km


Registration fees

TRADITIONAL 1-km Swim (no wetsuits)

TRADITIONAL 3-km Swim (no wetsuits)

TRADITIONAL 5-km Swim (no wetsuits)

The 1-km Swim (wetsuit)

The 3-km Swim (wetsuit)

The 5-km Swim (wetsuit)

SwimRun Individual

This event has 3 run and 3 swim segments.

SwimRun Team (2 Person Team) EACH participant must register

This event consists of three run and 3 swim segments. Participants must stay within 10-meters of each other at all times and must start and finish each segment together.

Splash and Dash

Distances will be determined by age group

Event Schedule

  • August 4 10:00 AM ADT - Swims start

  • August 4 12:00 PM ADT - Splash and Dash (approximate time)

  • August 4 12:00 PM ADT - SwimRun (approximate time)

Contact Information

Event Location

Little River Reservoir Park, Pipe Line Road East, Saint John, NB, Canada

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