1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Check-in Location: Swimmer check-in, restrooms, and event refreshments will be at the Poughkeepsie Ice House Restaurant adjacent to the Public Dock.
Splash Time: 2:50 PM for 5K, 2:55 PM for 2.5K.
Registration: Swimmers must decide on distance (2.5K and 5K) and division (wetsuit or non-wetsuit) at time of registration. Once registered it is up to the discretion of Race Director to accept any changes. Online registration remains open until 8:00 AM (EDT) on Thursday, May 23.
1:00 PM Swimmer registration opens
2:25 PM Swimmer registration closes
2:25 PM Bag check closes
2:30 PM Swimmer safety briefing
2:40 PM Swimmers line up to start
2:50 PM Wetsuit and non-wetsuit 5K Start at Public Dock
2:55 PM Wetsuit and non-wetsuit 2.5K Start at Public Dock
3:40 PM to 5:00 PM Bag pick up
4:50 PM Course closes
4:00 PM onward – post event refreshments at the Ice House on the Hudson Restaurant
5:00 PM Awards at Ice House
Course Description: The 2.5K swim starts at the public dock and follows a rectangular course that circles the eastern stanchions of the Mid-Hudson and Walkway Over the Hudson Bridges, 900 meters apart. The 5K is two loops of the 2.5K course.
Time Limit: 2.5K and 5K 2hrs
Water Temperature: Between 60 and 68˚F.
Awards: Awards will be offered to the top placers in each category.
Goodies: A commemorative event shirt and and pre-race refreshments and a light post-race lunch will be offered. The presentation of awards will take place at the Poughkeepsie Ice House Restaurant adjacent to the Public Dock.
Safety: Lifeguards, jet skis, and kayaks will monitor entire course. A safety boat (in conjunction with Harbor Police, Fire Dept. and Coast Guard) will keep boat traffic away. EMT personnel will be on-site. In case of inclement weather or dangerous conditions, the race director may modify or close the course and/or prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Each swimmer will be given a highly visible numbered swim cap that must be worn as the top cap during the entire swim. All swimmers will be body-marked with a race number during check-in.
Timing: Electronic timing will be used for this event. Each swimmer will receive an electronic chip ankle bracelet which must be worn during the race and returned immediately after crossing the finish line.
Swim wear: Swimwear shall be made of textile material. For men, the swim suit shall not extend above the navel or below the knee. For women, the swim suit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders, nor extend below the knees.
Wetsuits are permitted and will be timed in a separate “wetsuit” category. Technical suits will be grouped with the wetsuit category.
Age Limit: Swimmers must be 16 years old or older. For exceptions please contact the race directors.
Getting There: Travel to Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie via car or Metro-North right to the event site in Poughkeepsie (1hr 20 mins from Grand Central Station). Parking is free in the vicinity of Waryas Park and at the Metro-North station.
Questions: Direct inquiries to info@nyopenwater via email.
Event information will be sent out by email to all registered swimmers prior to race day.
Issues with website or making your payment: Direct issues with the website or online payment to Rondi via email.