Ray Licata Memorial Swim

New for 2021: The Ray Licata Memorial swim or a successor Long Branch swim is confirmed for August 15, but no details beyond the date are available yet.

The Ray Licata Memorial Swim in Long Branch has become one of the most popular races along the North Jersey Shore. It is managed well by enthusiastic volunteers and offers easy logistics. For landlubbers who wish to follow the swim's progress, the event offers a littoral walk-along on the boardwalk.

When, what, where
Aug 15, Sunday, 8:00 AM; 1 mi; Atlantic Ocean; 🌎 Long Branch, NJ (Boardwalk subtended by Centennial Dr).
See also
Event's website.
Register or check-in between 6:30 AM and 7:45 AM on the boardwalk at Centennial Drive, in front of the Pier Village semicircle. Online pre-registration is available (with discount).
There is ample and convenient street parking in Pier Village near registration. Metering ($3/hour at payment kiosks) and a two-hour limit begin at 10 AM. If you stay beyond noon, you must move your car; tires may be marked with chalk.
There are new and clean public restrooms about a block-length south of registration; look for three round buildings on the boardwalk (one is a new carousel). There are also public restrooms on the boardwalk about two block-lengths north of registration and in the public garage on Chelsea Avenue (but may be locked); expect grunge and clogged toilets from Saturday night's revelers in these. There are additional bathrooms at the starting beach (assuming the preferred south-to-north course) and along the boardwalk if you choose to walk to the start. There are warm showers on the beach at the finish.
Leave bag in designated area on boardwalk at registration. Volunteers watch the bag area.
Permitted, no penalty, not popular.
The swim starts on the beach at Cottage Place one mile south of registration. A bus takes swimmers to the start. Swimmers can also walk the beach or (new) boardwalk to the start. Either way, arrive at the start ready to go; there is no bag wagon. Running start from beach into surf.
(map) The course parallels the shore from Cottage Place northward back to the beach behind registration. Swim out to buoy and turn left; proceed about one mile to last buoy; turn left and head into beach. The course is marked with five orange buoys and passes several rock jetties and a large drain pipe. If a strong current warrants reversing the course, the swim starts one mile north of Chelsea Avenue instead of south.
Running finish from surf onto beach and into timing chute.
Body marking, timing chip, clock.
Colored T-shirt, cap. Bagels, oranges, bottled water. Your finisher's popsicle stick gets you a free cup of coffee from the Turning Point café, catty-corner to registration heading southwest.
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