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Swim Fest at Fort Ritchie


Status:  2017 registration opens Tuesday, November 1 at 6am.

Event: 6th Annual Swim Fest at Fort Ritchie
Time: 8:00am
Date: Saturday- May 27, 2017
Place: Fort Ritchie- Cascade, MD
Type: Open water swim competition                                       
Distances: 750 Meters, 1500 Meters, or 
2250 Meters
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We are very excited to offer this event at Fort Ritchie. This is a great event with incredible spectator views.  This is a great venue for multisport racing and also hosts the Fort Ritchie Duathlon
 and Fort Ritchie Triathlon.  

This event is designed to get you ready for the triathlon season or prepare you for other swim events, such as the Bay Bridge Swim.

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This Swim competition has three distances (plus options to combine events for longer distance). Event takes place at Lake Royer, at Fort Ritchie in Cascade, MD.....just 20 minutes from Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD, and 90 minutes from Baltimore and DC.  Fort Ritchie is a private residential and commercial community.  The property is a beautiful venue for multisport racing and will also host the Fort Ritchie Duathlon in May and the Fort Ritchie Triathlon in August.  Water temp is usually between 65 and 72 degrees.  Wetsuits will be allowed with water temps below 78.1 degrees.

Race Limit:    450 participants, combined

Events:  The first race will be the 750 meter event.  The second race is the 1500 meter swim.  The third and final swim will be 2250 meters. Each race will begin as scheduled, however swimmers who have not completed their event before the next race begins will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water.  This will be an in water start, wave format.  You can combine events!  You are eligible for awards for each individual event you compete in but will only get one swag bag.  All three events combined is a total of 4,500 meters (2.8 miles). Each race will be allowed a 10 minute warm up near the start area.

Swim Course: The swim course will be in Lake Royer and will be a 750 meter course.  The 750 meter race will complete one lap.  The 1500 meter race will complete two laps.  The 2250 meter race will do three laps.  Competitors will exit the water after each lap and will run along the beach and then down a pier and jump back into the water off the pier to start their next lap.

Timing:  This event will be professionally chip timed!  We will be providing race day results at our results kiosk immediately after you finish your race.  We will also provide a web link to results that you can share with your family and friends so they can follow your race on their web devices.


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The Fort Ritchie Triathlon will help support the Fort Ritchie Community Center.  The Non-Profit Center strives to create and provide healthy lifestyle and leisure activities, foster community traditions, and promote cultural development through the arts, education, sports, technology, and natural resources to enhance the quality of life for the residents and users of Fort Ritchie and surrounding communities.


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This is not a USAT sanctioned event so there are no additional sanction charges for this race.

All entries get a custom t-shirt and logo swim cap.  You can upgrade to a beach towel for only $15.00 or purchase both for $23.00. We will also provide water, sport drink and post race food. Only one swag bag per person (even those doing more than one event).

Early Registration- opens November 1
750 Meter: $35.00
1500 Meter: $35.00
2250 Meter: $35.00
Combine 2 Events: $50.00
Combine All 3 Events: $65.00

Tier 1 Registration- begins January 1
750 Meter: $40.00
1500 Meter: $40.00
2250 Meter: $40.00
Combine 2 Events: $55.00
Combine All 3 Events: $70.00

Late Registration- begins April 15
750 Meter: $45.00
1500 Meter: $45.00
2250 Meter: $45.00
Combine 2 Events: $60.00
Combine All 3 Events: $75.00

Race Day-
750 Meter: $50.00
1500 Meter: $50.00
2250 Meter: $50.00
Combine 2 Events: $65.00
Combine All 3 Events: $80.00

There are no refunds, transfers or deferments for this race.  If you are unable to race you can automatically cancel your registration on and receive a coupon to use towards another Racine MultiSports race within 12 months.  The coupon value is determined below.   

Coupon rules:
  1. Races not sold out, you will receive a 75% coupon credit until 7 days prior to the event.
  2. Races sold out or within 7 days of the event, there is no coupon offer for cancellations.
  3. Coupons do not cover any registration fees that are higher than the value of the coupon.


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The award categories are the same for the each event: 750 Meter, 1500 Meter and 2250 Meter.

Overall Male and Female (3 deep)
Age Groups: 16 and under, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69,  70+  (2 deep) *we will expand awards as the race grows.

Age based on your age as of race day.

Participants doing the combined swims are eligible for awards for each individual event they swim.  

Awards will be handed out at the awards ceremony following the race.  No award will be mailed automatically.  For a fee of $10 we will mail your medal or award upon your request.


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Race Site:
Fort Ritchie Community Center 
14421 Lake Royer Drive
Cascade, MD 21719

No Friday packet pick up

Saturday, May 30tht:
6:00AM Packet Pick Up/Registration Opens
7:30AM Packet Pick Up/Registration Closes (750 and 1500)
7:30AM Pre-Race Meeting

7:45AM 750 Warm Up
7:55AM 750 Line up at Start
:00AM 750  Meter Race begins

8:30AM Packet Pickup/Registration Closes (2250 only)

8:30AM 1500 Warm Up
8:40AM 1500 Line up at Start
8:45AM 1500 Meter Race begins

9:30AM 2250 Warm Up
9:40AM 2250 Line up at Start
9:45 AM 2250 Meter Race begins

11:00AM (apprx.) Awards Ceremony


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All must wear the provided swim cap with bib # written on the cap.  Wetsuits will be allowed if water temps are below 78.1 degrees.  Wetsuits are recommended during May since water temperatures are usually in the 60's.  Fins are not permitted.  Athletes that do not complete the course must visit race officials at the finish line to check in and return their timing chip. If you do not complete your event before the next race starts you will be allowed to finish and will not be pulled from the water.


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Camping at the race cost

Thurmont, MD about 15 minutes from the race site
Hagerstown, MD about 20 minutes from the race site
Waynesboro, PA about 10 minutes from the race site


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Want to have some fun and receive a Race Crew t-shirt?  Become a volunteer for this event!  As with all major events the volunteers are a critical part of making the race safe and enjoyable for the athletes.  Please press the register button below to sign up.  If you have questions please contact Ken at

 as a volunteer!


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Posted after the event HERE

Previous Winners

750 Meter     Male Female
2015 Chris Cafiero 10:18 Caitlin Dawson 10:00
2014 Brian Davis 8:43 Megan Martin 8:49
2013 Ben Freed 8:39 Emily Watts 9:22
2012 Matthew Byrd 9:35 Julie Rodden 10:09

1500 Meter   Male Female
2015 Chris Cafiero 22:08 Caitlin Dawson 21:58
2014 Brain Davis 18:30 Megan Martin 18:40
2013 Mike Conlon 18:35 Emily Watts 19:48
2012 Matthew Byrd 20:01Ericka Sheckler 24:02

2250 Meter   Male Female
2015 Dan Rudolph 34:55 Caitlin Dawson 34:26
2014 Brian Davis 28:09 Megan Martin 28:21
2013 Mike Conlon 28:49 Emily Watts 30:33
Matthew Byrd 31:03Julie Rodden 33:22

Course Record Holders:

750 Meter
Male 2013 Ben Freed 8:39
Female 2014 Megan Martin 8:49

1500 Meter
Male 2014 Brain Davis 18:30
Female 2014 Megan Martin 18:40

2250 Meter
Male 2014 Brian Davis 28:09
Female 2014 Megan Martin 28:21

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