5
Overall Rating
5
Race Course
5
Race Organization
5
Race Value
Yes
Speedy Suggestion
Yes
Parking
Yes
Post Race Food & Beverage
Yes
Water Stations
Yes
Bathrooms
No
Transportation

I completed the 3-mile swim in 2017. It was a well organized but relaxed event. The focus of the event is fundraising/charity but it is timed and there are awards given to the first place in each age group. You can do the swim to compete or just to participate. I liked that it wasn't a huge event (there were about 30 swimmers in the 3 mile race) and that there are lots of options of distances to race. The water was warm (too warm for a wetsuit). Safety is taken seriously and there were great volunteer kayakers and other safety personnel on the course. Swimmers and others were friendly and there was a nice lunch provided after the race - not just snacks but homemade pasta salads, chicken, and other food. There was even some food provided before the race with orange juice for those needing a last-minute boost of energy or breakfast before the swim. The registration price was reasonable and the amount required in donations was also reasonable.

Top Tips: 
Provide water temperature updates on the website in the week leading up to the race, if possible. Be sure to bring water you want to drink before the race (there is water provided after but not before).
Catherine
Washington, District of Columbia