June 16 - August 17, 2019

2019 VBLA Ocean Swim Series

June 16 - August 17, 2019 17th St. & Oceanfront • 1700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia BeachVA  23451 View Map Organized by Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association

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About this event

June 16, 2019 - August 17, 2019
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

17th St. & Oceanfront

1700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia BeachVA  23451
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The VBLA Ocean Swim Series offers every swimmer the opportunity to experience ocean swimming in a competitive and safe environment. Top level swimmers will find a high level of competition from top USA, Masters, and collegiate swimmers. Novice open water swimmers will find a race that provides a safe environment as they leave the comfort of the pool and black lines for the ocean and surf. 

 

Proceeds from the race benefit the 501-C3 non-profit Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association; a local chapter of the United States Lifesaving Association. The goal of the VBLA is to highlight safe swimming practices for the beach-going public, promote high standards of readiness through competition and support Virginia Beach's current corps of lifesaving heroes.

Event details and schedule

The Virginia Beach Lifeguard Association is a 501-C3 non-profit chapter of the United States Lifesaving Association. The goal of the VBLA is to promote safe beaches and ocean swimming through public education programs, advocating for lifesaving and lifeguard competitions.

The VBLA Ocean Swim Series consists of three races, the 'JK' 1 Mile Swim, a 3K Swim with a 1 Mile option and a 5K Swim with a 1 Mile Option. Swimmers may choose to swim any one of the races or all three. Race Day Registration ($50 by cash or check only) and Check-In starts at 8:15am and finishes promptly at 9:00am. Check-In or Race Day Registration will take place at 17th Street on the beach*. All participants must wear a cap and chip timer provided by the VBLA.

The ‘JK’ 1-Mile Swim will be held on June 16, 2019. Competitors will start in water south of the line between the start buoy and 17th Street Guard Stand. The finish will take place at 32nd Street. Competitors must make a left shoulder turn around the buoy in front of 32nd St. and then swim in to and run up the beach and through the finish line to complete the race.

The 3K Swim or 1 Mile option will take place on July 21, 2019. 3K Competitors will start on the beach and enter the water swimming out and making a left shoulder turn around the first buoy placed at 3rd  Street. Competitors must then make a left shoulder turn located just south of the Pier at 14th St. Swimmers will then run under Pier & reenter ocean just North of Pier at 15th St.  Swimmers will then continue north to 28th St. Swimmers must make a left shoulder turn around the final buoy in front of 28th St. and complete the race by racing up the beach through the finish chute.

The 1-Mile Swimmers on July 21, 2019 will start in the water at 15th St. Competitors must make a left shoulder turn around the buoy in front of 28th St. and then swim in and run up the beach through the finish line to complete the race. *1-Mile Swimmers may check in at the start line at 15th Street but Race Day Registrations are only accepted at 3rd  St.

The 5K Swim or 1-Mile option will take place on Sat August 17, 2019. 5K Competitors NOTE WE ARE CHANGING THE COURSE - The 5K participants will start on the beach at 3rd  Street and enter the water swimming out and making a left shoulder turn around the buoy placed in line with the 3rd Street Lifeguard Stand. Competitors must then make a left shoulder turn around the buoy located in line with the 14th Street Stand, exit the water before the pier and re-enter the water after passing the flag on the north side of the pier. Swimmers will then proceed to the next mandatory water stop located south of 27th Street. Swimmers will make a right shoulder turn around the flag located on the beach at 27th St. and reenter the water making another left shoulder turn around the buoy located just to the north of 27th Street. Swimmers will then continue north to 42nd St. Swimmers must make a left shoulder turn around the final buoy in front of 42nd St. and complete the race by racing up the beach through the finish chute.

The 1-Mile Swimmers on August 17, 2019 will start in the water south of the line created by the buoy south of the 27th St. lifeguard stand. Swimmers will proceed north to 42nd Street. Competitors must make a left shoulder turn around the buoy in front of 42nd St. and then swim in and run up the beach through the finish line to complete the race. *1-Mile Swimmers may check in at the start line at 27th Street but Race Day Registrations are only accepted at 17th St.

Awards will be given for the top 3 overall  finishers by gender, age group winners in five year increments in the distance races, and the top 3 finishers overall in the Male and Female races of the 1-Mile option races. One Race Series T-Shirt will be given to each competitor that preregisters for the series but only one T-shirt per series (not per race).

Each swim starts at 9:30am on Sunday, June 16 (1 Mile), July 21 (3K or 1Mile) and August 17 (5K or 1 Mile). All race day check in  will take place at 17th Street on the beach or at the start line of the 1-mile races on July 21 and August 17. Race Day Registrants should be at Check-in  by 8:30am. (The finish line is determined by the length of the race.)

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