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The Big Oyster Sharkfest Swim is a 1500 meter swim from the United Nations (Skyport Marina 23rd & FDR) float plane dock in Manhattan across the East River to Long Island City in Queens to finish at the Gantry Plaza State Park kayak docks. The swim is timed with the currents to make a safe crossing that will be fully supported by the NYPD Marine Unit and the appropriate safety assets.  Swimmers clothing will be transported to the post event activities at the LIC Landing in Hunters Point South Park.  Awards ceremony and celebration will take place here at the conclusion of the swim.  There is easy access to the NYC ferry service and the #7 subway line for post event transportation.  There is limited public parking in Long Island City, so spectators and friends should plan on taking the subway or the NYC ferry to the finish line area. Limited to 200 swimmers. 

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


Price changes in 18 days 3 hours
  • (18 & Over)

    1. $85.00
      Now registering Apr 12 – Jul 6
    2. $100.00
      Jul 7 – Jul 7


Price changes in 18 days 3 hours
  • (17 & Under)

    1. $40.00
      Now registering Apr 12 – Jul 6
    2. $50.00
      Jul 7 – Jul 7

Course Map

DISTANCE: 1500 meters


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: 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: Info coming soon

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 7 2019. After that date, a doctor's note is required to receive a credit.

Travel & Accommodations

Westin New York Grand Central (Event HQ Hotel) 212-490-4900, 212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

CLICK HERE to book online to receive the discount rate (valid on 7/1-7/11). $139/night (King Room, Two Double Room).  

Please note that guest rooms are subject to occupancy tax (currently 14.75%)

John F. Kennedy International Airport
LaGuardia Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport

Event Partners

Billion Oyster Project (Beneficiary)


Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (Beneficiary)



Event Schedule

  • July 7 8:30 AM EDT - Race Start

Contact Information

Event Location

Skyport Marina, FDR Drive, New York, NY, USA

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