Maryland Swim for Life
The Maryland Swim for Life offers a choice among several out-and-back distances in the Chester River, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
The swim is located at Rolph's Wharf Marina,
providing easy logistics in a scenic setting.
You must be a USMS member or purchase a single-event permit.
- When, what, where
Jul 13, Saturday, 8:30 AM;
1–5 mi; Chester River;
🌎 Chestertown, MD (Rolph's Wharf Marina, 1008 Rolphs Wharf Rd).
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Register at the marina's gazebo.
Online registration opens in April and closes July 10 (11:59 PM).
Park for free on the marina grounds or on the approach road.
Volunteers will guide you to an open spot.
Swimmers may use the marina's restrooms, with showers.
Leave bag on grass off beach or in car, nearby.
Permitted, no penalty.
Swimmers are divided into waves according to selected distance.
All waves start and finish at the marina's small beach.
The five-mile wave starts first and the one-mile wave starts last.
Standing start in knee-deep water.
Each wave follows an out-and-back course along the east bank.
Outbound runs northward and inbound runs southward.
The overlapping courses are marked by a sequence of six yellow or orange buoys placed at distances of 0.5, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 miles from the start and respectively labeled 1, 2, 2.4, 3, 4, and 5.
Each wave swims to its corresponding buoy, turns it counterclockwise, and swims back to the beach.
Three-mile swimmers, for example, pass buoys 1 and 2 on the way to buoy 3, turn buoy 3, and again pass buoys 2 and 1 on their return to the beach.
Swimmers must keep right of all buoys in both directions.
Return to marina beach where you started.
Running finish from river onto beach and into timing chute.
Timing chip on ankle, body marking.
Generous refreshments: Before swim—orange juice, coffee, bagels, snack bars.
After swim—picnic featuring a big spread of homemade dishes.
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