Open Water Swim Distances
- 1/2 Mile Swim
- 1 Mile Swim
- 1/2 Mile Swim/3 Mile Run
- 1 Mile Swim/3 Mile Run
The swim starts on the beach. Upon entering the water participants must swim through the 2 buoys before turning left. The first large buoy marks the turning point for the half mile swim. The second buoy marks the turning point for the 1 mile swim. All swimmers must go through the 2 buoys before turning right upon returning to the beach.
The run consist of a 3 mile loop. The long distance athletes do the loop twice and the sprint and olympic distance athletes do the loop once. You will leave the transition area through the run-out exit, turn right hugging the transition area and head East on the boardwalk, U-Turn at the water station. Continue running to the next u-turn located after the transition area. At this point if you are doing the sprint and olympic you will CROSS THE FINISH LINE. If you are doing the long Aquathlon you still have to complete a second loop, proceed running straight avoid running through the finish line as you will ruin your run split and be disqualified. We will have cones and yellow tape to create a chute for finishers. However, participants need to know and understand the course. Our volunteers do not know what distance you signed up for.
Upon finishing the swim follow the signs to the transition area. You will go through the pavilion and enter the transition area through the “swim- in” section. Athletes doing the Aquathlon will proceed to exit the transition from the opposite side they enter from the swim or the RUN-OUT section.
Your spot in the transition area is assigned to a specific row. We assign a range of numbers, usually 4 to 5 people per row. We use flexible fencing and a mesh to protect the transition area.
The transition area is secure and only participants are allowed to enter it. If any family members are spot with you in the transition area we will give a time penalty of 2 minutes.
Pre Race Day Packet Pick up to be announced!
6:00 am- 7:00 am Packet Pickup and Race Day Registrations!!!
6:30 am Transition Area Opens.
6:55 am Mandatory Pre-Race meeting
7:00 am Race Starts
8:30 am Awards Ceremony
The transition area is secured with flexible fencing and skinny scones (Height=3.5 feet). There are only 2 gates one at each end. We will keep a volunteer at each gate to make sure that only participants enter the transition area. Spectators, family and friends are NOT ALLOWED in the transition area. Please keep in mind that you must be body marked and show your bib number before entering the transition area. We marked the transition area in groups of 5. Find the corresponding row and make sure to tear off the tag on your bib and pin it to the bag you will keep at the transition area. Do not bring friends and family into the transition area or you will receive a 2 minute penalty. Please make sure you understand the flow of the transition area. It is your job to know that there is one end to enter the transition area after the swim and another one to exit the transition to proceed with the run. You will mess up your splits if you go through the wrong entrance/exit gate.
USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
Coney Island is located in the southernmost part of Brooklyn. If you are using Google Maps or a gps, you can use the address 3070 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224.
Take the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue. This takes about 45 – 60 minutes from midtown Manhattan.
B36 (Coney Island / Avenue U/Sheepshead Bay)
B64 (Coney Island / Bay Ridge)
B68 (Coney Island / Windsor Terrace)
B74 (Sea Gate / Coney Island)
B82 (Coney Island / Spring Creek)
By Express Bus from Manhattan:
Take the Belt Parkway to exit 6. Head south on Cropsey Avenue to West 17th Street. MCU Park and the Parachute Jump will be in front of you on Surf Avenue. Metered Parking is available along most streets. There are commercial parking lots on West 17th Street at MCU Park (The Official Coney Island Parking) and West 12th Street between Mermaid and Surf, West 15th Street between the Boardwalk and Surf and on Neptune Avenue between West 12th and Stillwell Avenue.
Please bring your picture ID and USAT card to receive your bib, timing chip, latex swim cap* and t-shirt. Please check the entry list and memorized your bib number to expedite packet pick-up.
*(If you are allergic to latex, you may bring your own swim cap either red, yellow or green according to the distance you are doing.
Body Marking: Corresponding bib number goes on top of your hand. Age and distance goes on your right calf:
- an “L” for those doing 2ms/6mr
- an “M” for those doing 1ms/3mr
- an “S” for those doing .5ms/3mr
LOCATION: Potties will be located on the side walk at the end of Stilwell Ave. at the botton of the steps that take you to the boardwalk.
Porta Potties will be delivered at 7 a.m. Please plan accordingly if you plan to arrive to packet pick-up at 6.45 a.m.
This is a list of nearby hotels; this should not be considered a recommendation.
2586 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11223, Phone: (718) 975-6702 Fax: (718) 975-6707
3218 Emmons Ave, Brooklyn, NY, US, 11235 Phone: (718) 368-3334 Fax: (718) 368-3963
Best Western Bay Brooklyn
3003 Emmons Avenue Brooklyn, New York, 11235-2212 Phone: 718-769-5000 Fax: 718-769-5005