Chip timing! The Park to Park Swim is not a race, but due to popular demand and increased event safety, we are adding a timing system.
The Double Dip! In addition to the traditional lake crossing, we are now adding an out and back option starting from O.O. Denny Park. This event will start at 7:15 am and will be approximately 2.5 miles. We ask that Double Dip swimmers be able to finish the first leg of the swim (1.3 miles) in 45 minutes or less. There will be a limited number of spots for this event, so don't wait to sign up!
Mass start instead of waves. Swimmers will pass through a start gate as they enter the water so the field of swimmers will be adequately spread out. We ask that the stronger swimmers enter the water first and the more leisurely swimmers enter behind them.
The Classic is a 1.3 mile swim starting at Matthews Beach in Seattle, crossing beautiful Lake Washington, and finishing at O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland where there will be a hot breakfast. The swim is a fun, non-competitive event. That being said, it is a lake crossing, so it is for strong swimmers only. There will be plenty of boat support for safety and buoys to mark the course. It is strongly encouraged that you be able to finish the 1.3 miles in less than 90 minutes.
The Double Dip is new this year. Swimmers will start at O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland and swim approximately 1.25 miles towards Matthews Beach where there will be a marked buoy just off shore. Swimmers will round this buoy without exiting the water, and swim back to O.O. Denny for breakfast. This event is for advanced swimmers only. Please be able to finish the initial lake crossing (1.25 miles to Matthews) in less than 45 minutes. Swimmers that fail to finish in this time frame may be pulled from the water.
"The Classic" 1.3 mile - SOLD OUT!
"The Double Dip" 2.5 mile - SOLD OUT!
Registration includes bus transportation, an event T-shirt, a swim cap, breakfast at O.O. Denny Park, and great camaraderie! In addition to the proceeds from your registration, we are collecting new swim suits and goggles for Children's patients for use in the hospital's therapy pool. Please consider a donation when you register to swim ($25 for a suit and goggles).
You are not required to fundraise for this event, but every donation can help a child and family in need. Set a personal fundraising goal of any amount, and ask friends, family, and coworkers for their support. Special recognition for our top fundraisers will be included on the website.
Click below for a direct link to our fundraising page. Share this with your friends and family!
SOLD OUT! We still need volunteers to help the event run smoothly. Follow the volunteer tab on the top of the page!
"The Classic" leaving from Matthews Beach - 8:00 am
"The Double Dip" leaving from O.O. Denny Park - 7:15 am
A shuttle will be available to take participants from Kirkland to Matthews Beach or O.O. Denny before the swim, or in the opposite direction after the event. The bus will also transport your towels, clothing, and other belongings from Matthews to Denny so it is available for you after the swim.
The shuttle before the swim will be leaving from Carl Sandburg Elementary School located at 12801 84th Ave NE, Kirkland at 6:40 am for "The Double Dip" and 7:00 am for "The Classic". This is to help with the limited parking at Denny. The school is located about 5 minutes from Denny park. All swimmers parking their cars on the Eastside are asked to park at Carl Sandburg Elementary and not O.O. Denny.
After the event, the shuttle will return the swimmers to their cars at Matthews Beach and at Sandburg Elementary.
The average water temperature in late August is 69-71 degrees F. Wet suits are allowed but not required.
T-shirts, timing chips, and swim caps will be distributed the morning of the swim.
The Double Dip - From 6:40-7:05 am at Denny Park
The Classic - From 7:00 - 7:45 am at Matthews Beach