The Pennock Island Challenge is an 8.2 mile ocean race around Pennock Island Alaska. The race was started in 2004 as a fundraiser for the American Diabetes asscication. Race course is circular and you can expect a small current assist. Water temperature at this time of year in southern southeast Alaska is expected to be between 55 - 60 degrees F. The beneficiary of the swim is the juvenile diabetes research foundation.
Travel to Ketchikan is limited to Alaska airlines and the Alaska Marine highway system.
Early registration begins February 15 2014 and ends June 1 2014. The price is 150.00 for solo swimmers and 130.00/relay member. Late registration starts June 2 2014 and ends July 2 2014. Fees for late registration solo are 200.00 and relays go to 200.00/relay member.
Relay teams will enter online. Only complete registrations will be accepted incomplete entries will be returned.
Each sucessfull swimmer/relay will receive a certificate with their time and place and a medal.We also give special awards to the swimmer that has traveled the farthest.
We encourage all participants to fundraise additional support for the juvenile diabetes research foundation. Prizes are given to the swimmers that raise the most money.
The banquet will take place Sunday August 17 2014 at the Best Western The Landing in the Sunny Point Conference Room. The start time of the banquet will be 6:30 pm. The meal provided will consists of locally caught Salmon, salad, rice/potato, desert and drinks. We will have a cash bar serving what ever you want. Each swimmer gets 2 banquet tickets. Extra tickets can be purchased when you register
If you cannot provide your own Kayak escort or your escort needs to have a kayak provided please contact us prior to registration to check on availability of kayaks and volonteer escorts. Your kayaker will be paddling for 8.2 miles for 3 to 5 hours make sure they have the experience and ability to complete the course.
We will help out of town relay teams secure an escort boat for the race. Please contact us prior to registration in order to check on escort boat availability. We will try to setup a volonteer boat but a commercial craft may have to be secured at an extra cost to the participating relay. Should a commercial craft be used any fees will be paid by the relay team directly to the operator.
Event is open to registered swimmers. Swimmers may enter as Male, Female Solo Swimmers and as a member of a relay. A total of 22 solo swimmers will be allowed. Relays may enter in 2 or 4 person in the following catagories Male/Female/Mixed. A total of 10 relays will be allowed to enter. Relays enter by mail and can download the entry form from the pennock website. Wetsuits are allowed but will have their own divsion. If one person in a relay wears a wetsuit then the entire relay is in the wetsuit catagory. We can supply a minimum number of escort boats and kayakers free of charge on a first come basis. When we run out of volonteer escorts we will assist swimmers in finding the lowest cost escort. Contact us to check on the availability of volunteer escorts.