Ohio River Open Water Swim - 2016 Louisville, KY

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Cardinal Harbour Boat Dock 2001 Cardinal Harbour Rd. ProspectKY  40059
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Cardinal Harbour Boat Dock 2001 Cardinal Harbour Rd. ProspectKY  40059

About This Activity

Open Water Swim in Ohio River featuring 1k, 2k and 4k events. Great event for experienced and novice open water swimmers.  The swim is two weeks before Louisville Ironman Triathlon to allow Ironman participants a chance to experience swimming in the Ohio River. All proceeds go to local high school swimming. 

 Course Layout: 1k and 2k courses will be set up roughly 30 yards off the riverbank. 4k swim will be two laps of the 2k course. Great for spectators.  River bank accessible along the entire course.  Sanction pending by USA Triathlon and U.S. Masters.  Kayakers provided.  This is an unescorted event.  Plenty of safety personnel (see pictures on website.)

Cost:  $35 if registration completed before August 1, $45 August 1 - September 18.  Registration closes Sunday, September 18. 

For insurance purposes, participants must be one of the following:

1.   USA Triathlon member.  Photo ID and proof of USA Triathlon membership required at check-in.  (One-day membership:  $10 for youth 17 and under, $15 for adults.)

2.   U.S. Masters member.   Photo ID and proof of USMS membership required at check-in.  (One-day membership available for $15.)

All Others (Non-U.S. Masters or USAT Members).  If you are not a member of one of the above organizations, or you cannot prove your membership, you must purchase a one-day membership in one of the organizations as outlined above.  You must be 18 or older to participate in the US Masters swims.

Parental consent required for all participants 17 and under

T-shirt included for the first 185 swimmers.

Location: Cardinal Harbour Subdivision boat dock. Roughly 15 miles north of downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  MapQuest:  2001 Cardinal Harbour Rd., Prospect, Kentucky, 40059.  Drive time roughly 30 minutes from downtown Louisville.

Event details and schedule

Schedule:  The start time of the swim is based on your affiliation. 


USA Triathlon Swimmers

U.S. Masters Swimmers

Check in

8:15– 9:30am

9:45 – 11:00am

Voluntary Clinic


10:45 am

Mandatory Swimmer Safety Meeting




Warm Up Period






In case of severe weather, the start will be delayed.  For weather updates on race day, call 502-645-7494.

A voluntary clinic covering the differences between pool and open water swimming will be held prior to the start of each set of swims.

There will be a mandatory swimmer safety meeting held 10 minutes before the warm up period to discuss the course, rules and safety procedures.  The Referee may remove any swimmer from the competition who does not attend the safety meeting or is found to be inattentive during the meeting.  The course will be patrolled by qualified safety personnel.

There will be a 15 minute warm-up period prior to the event.  Swimmers must stay in the designated warm up area.  Participants must start no later than 10 minutes after the designated start time.  The course will shut down two hours after the start of the swim, or 45 minutes after the first person finishes, whichever is later. 

 Awards:  Times will be posted; however, there are no awards.  Door prizes are given out after the conclusion of the swims.


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