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The Classic starts at 8:00 am - 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 breakfast and coffee. 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 starts at 7:30 am - In addition to the traditional lake crossing, we have an out and back 2.5 mile option starting from O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland. The swimmers head 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 are unable to finish in this time frame may be pulled from the water.
"The Classic" 1.3 mile: $75 April 1st - 30th
$85 May 1st - July 31st
$95 August 1 until sold out
"The Double Dip" 2.5 mile: $100 April 1st - 30th
$110 May 1st until sold out
All Registration is final! No refunds, no excuses!
Registration includes bus transportation, chip timing, 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).
Participants must be at least 14 years old to swim.
Registration is closed.
"The Classic" leaves from Matthews Beach at 8:00 am.
"The Double Dip" leaves from O.O. Denny Park at 7:30 am.
A shuttle will be available to take participants from Kirkland to Matthews Beach 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 the Big Finn Hill Park parking lot (next to Henry Thoreau Elementary School) located on 138th Street off of 84th Ave NE in Kirkland between 6:30 - 7:00 am for The Classic.
To help with the limited parking at O.O. Denny, the Double Dip swimmers are required to ride the shuttle from Big Finn Hill Park parking lot (8106 NE 138th St). The shuttles will leave between 6:30 - 6:40 am for the Double Dip.
The shuttle will be running at regular intervals after the swim to get you back to your car.
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 6:30 - 7:00 at O.O. Denny.
The Classic - From 7:00 - 7:45 am at Matthews Beach