GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM

Join us on September 25, 2016 for a swim across the Ohio River and back.

ACROSS THE OHIO RIVER
TO
 KENTUCKY & BACK

900 METERS

SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

 

   
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM

Public Landing
Sawyer Point
Cincinnati

SWIM COURSE MAP

EVENT NOTE

The Great Ohio River Swim is a challenging event that requires appropriate skills and preparation.  The course is across the river and back and is approximately 900 meters long.  Competing in the Great Ohio River Swim requires swimmers to have experience sighting in open water, negotiating river currents and being able to compete a swim at least 1000 meters long.  At registration, all participants will be asked to verify that they are prepared to compete in the Great Ohio River Swim and have completed 1000 meters/yards without stopping within 2 weeks of event date.  With all due respect, please do not enter this event if you  cannot sign the verification.

 

2010 RESULTS

2011 RESULTS

2012 RESULTS

2013 RESULTS

2014 RESULTS

 

2015 Press Release

                   
   

 


Almost Ready to Start The Great Ohio RIver Swim!

THE GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM
September 25, 2016
 

               

 

Sponsored by Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, the regional sustainability alliance for Greater Cincinnati and the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

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For information on recreational opportunities on the Ohio River, check out Recr8Ohio River with up to the date information and projections about safety, events, and what to do on Cincinnati's Ohio RIver.

CHECK OUT VIDEOS FROM THE GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM

     Channel 5 News - 2012
     Video by Paddler Fred Haaser
     Channel 19 News Story - 2014
 

CHECK OUT PICS FROM THE GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM

 
  

REGISTRATION IS OPEN

If you would like to participate in the Great Ohio River Swim
you may do so by entering online.  Online registration will close at midnight on September 23.          

Registration will be available onsite, at Public Landing, starting at 6:30am on September 25.

Please note that our entry fee goes up on September 15.  We encourage everybody to enter before then.  Another reason to register early is that we typically get alot of race day entries.  There will be a special registration table for pre-registered athletes - no lines!

We encourage US Swimming, YMCA, college and high school teams to participate.  Please contact racedirector@tucsonracing.com about team discounts.

USA Triathlon is providing our insurance for our Open Water Swim Clinic and for the swim.  If you are an annual member of USAT then your insurance is covered.  If you are not an annual member, USAT charges $12 for a one day insurance license.

OPEN WATER SWIM CLINIC

Open Water Swim Clinic
Public Landing
September 25, 2016
7:30am

Nervous about swimming in open water?  Never done an open water swim before?  The Great Ohio RIver Swim has added an open water swim clinic

The Open Water Swim Clinic will last approximately 30 minutes and begin at 7:30am.  Topics to be covered will include open water freestyle stroke, sighting, drafting, currents, start and finish, lifeguards and strategy.  You do not have to participate in the Great Ohio River Swim to attend the Open Water Swim Clinic.  The Swim Clinic will be at Registration at Public Landing. 

 


Happy Finisher at the Great Ohio River Swim!

COURSE

Go to 700 E. Pete Rose Way for approximate GPS coordinates of our start line.

Expect mild temperatures, a nice, calm river and warm water.  A perfect end of season open water swim!

The course starts at the upstream end of the Serpentine Wall, swims directly across the Ohio River to Kentucky and then angles back to finish at Public Landing.  The distance is just under 900 meters.

The Ohio will be closed to barge and power boat traffic.  The swim will be timed.  Awards will be given to the winners by class.

Note on 2015 Water Quality:  Waterways in Southwestern Ohio experienced a very unusual algae bloom that created health hazards for swimmers.  The Great Ohio River Swim cancelled our 2015 event out of an abundance of caution.  We do not expect the algae bloom to be an issue in 2016.  Regardless, you can enter and swim with confidence as safety is our first priority.

For information on water quality click here.

 


Some of our Safety Staff Before the Great Ohio River Swim!

PACKET PICK UP & RACE DAY REGISTRATION

On site check-in will begin at  6:30a.m. at the finish line at Public Landing.  The Open Water Swim Clinic is at 7:30am.  Attendance is optional at the swim clinic but we do have a Mandatory pre-race meeting is at 8:00am at the swim start.  Registration and check in will close at 7:45am.   The swim will begin at 8:15am. 

All participants must be a member of USA Triathlon or must pay a 1 day insurance fee of $12.00.  Please see www.usatriathlon.org for more details.

PARKING

Parking is available throughout the Downtown Area.  The Cincinnati Recreation Commission has opened up Public Landing for parking and will be charging $5 per car.  Other lots are available at the base of the Purple People Bridge.

REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY
We understand that plans can change.  Unfortunately we are not able to give out any refund, for any reason.  We will not transfer your entry to another race nor roll it over to the  following year. 

COURSE POLICY
Tucson Racing reserves the right to postpone, cancel or change the race or race format at any time to ensure athlete safety. If Tucson Racing determines conditions that might compromise the safety of participants, Tucing Racing, in its sole judgment, may cancel, postpone, or change the race and/or race format. No Refunds or Transfers will be given as a result of any cancelation or modification of the event.

WEBSITE POLICY
Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information found within this website. No warranty, expressed or written, is made regarding the content of this site. Tucson Racing will not be held liable for mistakes, typographical errors, omissions, or other errors which may render some information inaccurate. Information and policies found within this site are subject to change without notice.