Wild Fish Open Water Swim Festival
August 10, 2019
Distances: 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Mile
8:30am start (Registration/Packet pickup opens at 7am)
Collins Cove Beach, Salem, MA. (GPS 102 Webb St. Salem, MA) Collins Cove is located on Webb Street which is off Bridge Street. Follow signs to Salem Willows and you will see us. We are the cove on the left heading towards the Willows.
Early Bird: $35 through 5/1
General Entry: $45 through 8/9
Race Day: $50
Details: This swim event has been very successful averaging close to 200 swimmers each year. Wetsuits are suggested for this swim, but not required. The water is very calm in the cove, which is located in Salem Harbor. Shirts will be guaranteed for all participants pre-registered by August 1st. Swim caps will be provided for all swimmers. All participants will also receive a custom finishers medal!
Wave Start Times:
1/2 Mile Start 8:30am
2 Mile Start 8:35am
1 Mile Start 8:45am
Top 3 M/F in each age group in both the 1 and 2 Mile swim: U-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Top M/F in each age group in the 1/2 mile swim: U-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Non Wetsuit Swimmers: Top 3 M/F in the 1/2, 1 and 2 Mile Swim
Post Race Festivities: Post race Breakfast BBQ catered by Every Little Breeze Catering. The breakfast BBQ will include egg frittata oranges and bananas. $5 for non-swimmers and FREE for kids. Cold brew coffee will be for sale. Brothers Taverna in downtown Salem will be offering a 10% discount on breakfast or lunch for all Wild Fish participants.
Street parking along beach is limited, neighborhood parking, Bentley School Parking lot (25 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA).
Special Details and Information:
No floaties, fins or paddles allowed. There will be plenty of kayakers, paddleboarders, emergency boats in the water for athlete safety.
In the event there is not enough interest in any one of the distances or categories listed above, event organizers reserve the right to change/cancel or modify the category. In this case, refunds and transfers are eligible.
Distance or Category Changes: If you do change your mind about the category you pre-registered for or the distance you’d like to swim, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance or notify someone at race day registration. A change fee may apply.
Weather Policy: Races are held rain or shine unless we determine that race conditions are dangerous. This will be based on a prudent decision made on race weekend. If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. In the event of inclement weather, Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance, and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration.
Testimonials From Previous Participants:
This years Wild Fish Open Water Swim Festival was my first ever swim race, for that matter my first competitive athletic event ever. I want to thank you for making it such a good experience. As a beginner I really appreciated you having a half mile race distance; its great for those of us who really want to start doing open water but aren’t sure we can handle the length of most of the races. The staff was friendly and helpful from registration to the guys in the kayaks pointing toward the next buoy. I had a great time and I will definitely be back next year; hopefully to swim the mile this time.
I just wanted to congratulate YOU on a great event! I have to say, it was run seamlessly, without a hitch! What luck to get the most perfect weather day! From the awesome T-shirts, cinch sacks, great sponsorship, the breakfast and after-party (I didn’t partake, but those were terrific perks), it was a truly fun event. Ashley and your entire Event Management team, the kayakers, your fabulous DJ, and of course Steve’s impeccable MC skills helped make it the event of the year. I was chatting with some neighbors who had walked over to see what was going on & were fascinated by the accomplishments of the athletes. It was impressive how you monitored the index cards to make sure everyone got out of the water safely (a few folks snuck by without their cards!) There aren’t too many events of this nature in this area, so it was a pleasure to be able to participate. This was my 2nd year & I look forward to the next one! Great work! Thanks – LL 2013.
Thanks for putting on a terrific race. As I said yesterday, the Wild Fish was one of the best run open water swim events I’ve done…including the recent World Masters Championships in Italy. It was run like a triathlon…something most swim event organizers don’t understand or get. You guys get it…just super…and much appreciated. -LC
Hi, my name is Ali Burrow. My son and I swam in your open water swim yesterday. We had THE BEST time at your event, and really look forward to doing more of these; and specifically coming back next year to do this open water swim. It was sooooo well run, and every one of the volunteers was helpful and friendly. You really put on a great event. Thank you again!!! Ali and Tim Burrow
B & S: My sister and I attended your swim in Salem today, Diana did the 1 mile, I did the 2 mile. We have both taken part in distance open water events around the US, and abroad, as part of triathlons, and as stand alone swims. I doff my cap to you, a job very well done. 1.Most important, the Kayak support was among the best we have seen ever. They were all over that course. I know the cove is enclosed, and the waves and weather were fine, but I know how fast conditions can change, and I know how easily a dunked swimmer can get into trouble. Good job on supervising the course. 2. Venue: The cove is great. Enclosed enough to be calm for up tight swimmers, large enough to get a one mile circuit inside. Course was also well marked. 3. Registration: We were not pre registered, it went fine for us. I’m sorry we couldn’t get there soon enough to pick up shirts, maybe next year. 4. Professionalism: Nicely done for your chosen price point. No sarcasm intended here. We have seen very fancy setups, and entry fees that reflect the frills. I am convinced in light of the economy, there is a significant niche for events in your price range. I do not need timing chips and mats. I would be willing to pay for additional post race food, but it’s not that big of a deal. I would also like to comment on the disposition of all BNS staff I met. They were all friendly and welcoming. The weather was perfect. If you can take credit for that one, you’re really good at what you do. I look forward to seeing you next year. Regards, Ken Rosenstein (161)
Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed the race on Saturday. Very well run and an event that I look forward to (despite being one of the slowest swimmers of the bunch!) The tech shirt was great! Definitely one of a kind – not your average race t-shirt. Also, kudos to Engine House who supplied
additional pizza when they ran out. My only suggestion for next year is, would it be possible to have the 2 mile swimmers go in the first wave? I am a slow swimmer and had quite a few 2 milers swim into me. I get that it is all part of the race experience and expect that but some seemed annoyed that I was
slower than they were and I was in their way. So, I ask this not for myself, but for the two milers. Who knows – maybe I will join them next year! Thanks again, Karen
I just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for a great afternoon. You guys put on a great race and made my first swim race ever a memorable experience. I had a lot of fun. I hope to be back next year — maybe try the 2mi!