Swim the Loop

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/06/2013
8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Location
Dockside Restaurant

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Swim the Loop

Swim The Loop is a 3.5 mile open water swim race that takes place around an interior island, called Harbor Island. The course consists of the Intercoastal Waterway, Motts Channel, Banks Channel, and Lee’s Cut at Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC

 

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Description

Visit the OFFICIAL event web site at www.swimtheloop.com


Interested in becoming a member of the North Carolina Coastal Federation and/or making a donation?

Swim the Loop and the Federation (…who works hard to keep swimming waters clean here and throughout NC) are offering folks who are registering our special membership fee of $15 (normally $35) or donation options ($10, $20, $50…) which supports clean water protection for many years of Swim the Loops. We will also include a canvas bag for the first 20 folks who join the Federation during the registration process or the event itself.

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Event Description:

Swim The Loop starts and finishes at the Dockside Restaurant, which is located on Airlie Road (Wilmington side of the Intercoastal Waterway). The race will start at a high tide to ensure an even tide pattern throughout the 3.5 mile swim. Don’t be fooled though; there will be times of slight incoming tide, slight falling tide and a mostly slack tide. Swimmers will paddle their way around the island clockwise going under the drawbridge and turning right into Lee’s Cut. There are some shallower waters through this cut, so keep about 10-15 ft. off the marsh/docks and you won’t hit bottom. Lee’s Cut can be a tougher section to complete, so be conservative and confident through the first mile of the swim.

Once through Lee’s Cut the swimmer will turn right into Banks Channel and go under the W. Salisbury St. Bridge completing about 1.5 miles of the course. Once you reach the second bridge you’ve completed 2 miles and will soon turn right into Motts Channel. Make sure you site through Mott’s Channel and stay about 10-15 ft. off the marsh because as the tide begins to change and fall this part could be a
challenging portion of the swim depending on the time you begin this portion of the swim. Mile 3 is just past the Seapath Towers/Marina and will leave you with half a mile from the finish.

Course Description:
The race course is a 5.6K (3.5 miles) loop that goes around Harbor Island. Start/finish will be on the docks at Dockside Restaurant. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys, kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, and boats. Waves or a mass start will be determined closer to race date and is subjected to the number of race entrants and weather conditions. The direction of the swim will be clockwise around Harbor Island. Expected water temperature range is 75-82°F, with possible chop due to wind, and the presence of marine life.

No race morning registrations!

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Affiliated Charities

This event benefits North Carolina Coastal Federation.

North Carolina Coastal Federation
For more than 30 years, the N.C. Coastal Federation has worked with citizens to safeguard the coastal rivers, creeks, sounds and beaches of North Carolina.
Eight grassroots groups concerned with coastal issues formed the nonprofit organization in 1982 under the leadership of the federation’s current executive director, Todd Miller. Although the Coastal Area Management Act had been in effect since 1974, the groups identified the need for a clearer vision for long-term coastal management.
Soon after it formed in 1982, the federation rallied fishermen, environmentalists and scientists to oppose a proposal to strip-mine 120,000 acres of peat bogs between the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. The project gained national attention, including coverage on the CBS Evening News and PBS’s MacNeil-Lehrer Report. The proposal was defeated in 1984, and NCCF then worked for the passage of state rules that have effectively prohibit large-scale peat mining. Most of the areas that were formerly targeted for peat mining are now permanently preserved in national wildlife refuges.

Note: a portion of your entry fee will be donated to the North Carolina Coastal Federation

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Category Pricing

Age Group Male
Age Group Female
Before Sunday, September 01, 2013 $75.00
Before Tuesday, October 01, 2013 $85.00
Before Saturday, October 05, 2013 $95.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 10-03-2013 at 8:45 AM.

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Event Site Rules

For complete information visit the official web page www.swimtheloop.com

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Packet Pickup

For complete information visit the official web page www.swimtheloop.com

No race morning registrations!

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Lodging Information

For complete information visit the official web page www.swimtheloop.com

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Policies and Refunds

NO REFUNDS.

Race registrations may not be transferred to another person.
Race registrations may not be transferred to another race.

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Purchase Event Photos

For complete information visit the official web page www.swimtheloop.com

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Volunteer

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form. There are many volunteer opportunities available, no one will be turned away.

A race official will be in touch with you the week of the race.

Volunteer Form

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Overall Results

2012

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Award Categories

For complete information visit the official web page www.swimtheloop.com

 

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