About This Event
Break a Wave offers swimmers an up-north open water swim adventure in the Old Mission Harbor of East Grand Traverse Bay. The event site is located approximately 20 miles north of Traverse City, MI on the Old Mission Peninsula. Participants choose their swim distance of a 1-mile or 2-mile out-and-back course, with both distances starting and finishing at Haserot Beach. Swimmers will follow the shoreline north to the halfway point of their race distance and then head back to shore.
6:00 am Event Set-up/Set Course Buoys,
6:45 am Registration Open/Check-in/Body Markings,
7:30 am Safety Personnel & Watercraft Meeting,
7:30 am Warm-up Area Open,
7:45 am Motorized and Non-motorized Watercraft on Course,
7:45 am Registration Closed,
8:00 am Warm-up Area Closed,
8:10 am Pre-race Participant Meeting on Beach (MANDATORY),
8:25 am Stage 2-Mile Participants,
8:30 am Start 2-Mile Swim,
8:35 am Stage 1-Mile Participants,
8:40 am Start 1-Mile Swim,
10:30am Course Cleared of Participants/Collect Buoys,
11:00am End Event/Event Cleanup
The race is open to all individuals 18 years and older, with exception of the 1-mile event, which will offer a 14-17 age category.
ALL participants will be required to sign the Break a Wave waiver release form before participating in the event.
Participants in the 14-17 age group division will additionally be required to have their head coach complete the Coach Approval for Minor Form stating that the swimmer is of appropriate skill level to participate in the 1-mile event. Please contact the event director for an email copy of the Coach Approval for Minor Form.
Event Time Limit
Participants remaining in the water after 10:30 am will be assisted off the course.
Event check in will run from 5-7pm on Saturday evening (August 26th, 2017) at The Filling Station Microbrewery and 6:45-7:45am on race morning at the registration table on the beach, see diagram for location. During check-in, participants will be issued a race cap and an identification card. Please note that the identification card MUST BE WORN INSIDE/UNDERNEATH YOUR RACE CAP in order for your time to be properly recorded. Upon finishing the swim, the identification card will be handed in to the finishers table to record each swimmers finish order, place and time.
Early: (Online Entries up to 11:59 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017)
$30.00, 14-17 year old
$40.00, 18 and over
Late: (Race Day Entries)
REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
T-shirts will be available for purchase online until AUGUST 1, 2017. Pre-order a Break a Wave event t-shirt with your online registration to guarantee your size. Event t-shirts will be available for purchase on race day, however size availability is not guaranteed.
A short awards ceremony will take place at approximately 10:40 am on the beach. Post-race food and beverages will be available to participants.
The top three male and top three female finishers in each age group will receive awards. Men’s and women’s age group divisions will be as follows: 14-17(1-mile only), 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+. Participants wearing wetsuits will be classified in the wetsuit division and awarded overall top 3 female and 3 male participants, not per age group.
From US-31N: Turn left onto Garfield Ave, continue onto Peninsula Drive. Veer right to continue onto M-37/Center Rd for approximately 15 miles. Turn right onto Swaney Rd and continue for 1 mile. Turn right onto Mission Rd and you have arrived at the event parking. From US-31S: Turn right onto Garfield Ave, continue onto Peninsula Drive. Veer right to continue onto M-37/Center Rd for approximately 15 miles. Turn right onto Swaney Rd and continue for 1 mile. Turn right onto Mission Rd and you have arrived at the event parking.