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Wild Fish Swim Festival - 2020 Online Registration

Event Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020,
Event Time: 9:30 am

Online registration ends: 7/30/2020 at Noon, EST


***Update as of 7/19 - As of today, we have closed online registration as we have just received word from our Board of Health agent that the event can not take place on August 1. 
The decision has come from the state level and is out of the City's & our hands as they've distinguished this type of event falls into the phase 4 category, despite the outdoor gathering guidelines set forth by the Governor in phase 3. 

See response:

In accordance with the guidance for indoor and outdoor events, which can be found here, https://www.mass.gov/doc/sector-specific-workplace-safety-standards-phase-iii-step-1-for-indoor-and-outdoor-events-to/download, “Large-capacity event venues and activities organized to draw together large crowds must continue to remain closed until Phase IV. This includes venues used for group or spectator sports, entertainment, business, and cultural events including:

  • Stadiums, arenas, and ballparks
  • Dance floors
  • Exhibition and convention halls
  • Street festivals and parades and agricultural festivals
  • Road races and other large, outdoor organized amateur or professional group athletic events”

Unfortunately, the swim race falls under the same category as road races and cannot be held until  Phase 4 of the reopening.

We will be notifying all registered participants and issuing refunds this week. Questions - Email events@bnsfitness.com 

***A note from the Race Director – As of June 12th we are moving forward in our plans to host the 2020 Wild Fish Swim. We’ve been coordinating with the state & local legislature, following their guidelines as we continue to manage our response and shift plans as new information continues to be released.

Date: August 1, 2020 

Distances: 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile and 2 Mile 

Time: 9:30AM start (Registration/Packet pickup opens at 8:00am)

Location: Collins Cove Beach, Salem, MA. (GPS 102 Webb St. Salem, MA) Collins Cove is located on Webb Street which is off Bridge Street. Follow signs to Salem Willows and you will see us. We are the cove on the left heading towards the Willows.

Early Bird: $20 through 2/29
Tier 1: $30 through 7/1
Tier 2: $40 through 7/31

Details: This annual community open water swim event typically attracts an average of 150 swimmers split between three different distances. The temperature of the water is typically about 66-68 degrees Farenheight, with 2019 being an exception with temperatures closer to 60 degrees. The swim takes place in a calm, protected cove, and is well supported with at least a dozen volunteers in kayaks and on paddleboards. 

Swag: In 2020, t-shirts will be guaranteed for all participants pre-registered by July 25th. Swim caps will be provided for all swimmers.

Wave Start Times:
1/2 Mile Start: 9:30AM
2 Mile Start: 9:35Am
1 Mile Start 9:40AM

Top M/F in each swim distance.
Top 3 M/F in each age group in all swim distances: U-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
No Double Dipping
Wetsuit/Non-Wetsuits will be combined in the award ceremony.

Post Race Festivities:
Post race Hot Breakfast catered by Every Little Breeze Catering.
$5 for non-swimmers and FREE for kids. Cold brew coffee provided by Boston Common Coffee Co. will be FREE for participants and $2 for non-swimmers.

Parking: Street parking along beach is limited, neighborhood parking, Bentley School Parking lot (25 Memorial Drive, Salem, MA).

Special Details and Information: No floaties, fins or paddles allowed. There will be plenty of kayakers, paddleboarders, emergency boats in the water for athlete safety. In the event there is not enough interest in any one of the distances or categories listed above, event organizers reserve the right to change/cancel or modify the category. In this case, refunds and transfers are eligible.

Distance or Category Changes: If you do change your mind about the category you pre-registered for or the distance you’d like to swim, please email events@bnsfitness.com in advance or notify someone at race day registration. A change fee may apply

Questions: Email events@bnsfitness.com