5KM "KING WOLF" SWIM
The King Wolf Swim is a 5km point-to-point swim, leaving from the West St boat launch in Kingston and finishing on Wolfe Island.
$80 early bird entry (until February 15 2017)
$95 mid season entry (February to May 31 2018)
$110 late season entry (June 1 to July 6 2018)
Registration fees includes:
- cool swag!!!
- a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind King Wolf medal!!!
- tickets for the brunch buffet for BOTH the swimmer and kayaker escort!!!
Returning swimmers are eligible to receive a $10 discount code by contacting the Race Director prior to submitting registration and payment. A limited number of bursaries are also available.
The water temperature in early July is typically 18-20C. The City of Kingston monitors water quality on a regular basis, click on this link for more information (Richardson Beach and Big Sandy Bay are within proximity).
Swimmers will be timed manually. Results will be ranked in the following four categories: unassisted ("skins"), wetsuit, other assisted, para-swimmer. Age groups are as follows: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.
Minimum training distance:
This event is for experienced swimmers who have the training and confidence to swim in open water unassisted, including possible winds, rough waves, or rain showers. Swimmers registering for the 5km King Wolf swim distance must have completed a minimum training distance of 3km prior to race day - no proof is required, we trust you.
There is a mandatory 3 hour cut-off time for the 5km King Wolf swim distance. Swimmers that are not in sight of the finish line by the cut-off time will be pulled from the water and taken to the race finish by motor boat.
The swim takes place on a busy waterway, for reasons of safety each swimmer must have a kayaker with them at all times. No sharing of a single kayaker for multiple swimmers is permitted. We strongly recommend you bring your own kayaker, but if needed the committee will make every effort to find one for you.
In addition to kayak escorts, there will also be a number of safety crew first aiders, open water lifeguards, kayakers and motor boats positioned along the race course. In the unlikely event of an emergency, swimmers will be taken by motor boat and then ambulance to the Kingston General Hospital.
Wetsuit and non-wetsuit ("skins") swimmers are equally welcome at this event, and swimmers may choose to wear a wetsuit if they like. In the unlikely event the water temperature is 16C or lower, wetsuits will be a mandatory requirement for all swimmers unless substantiated prior cold water distance swimming experience is provided. In the very unlikely event that the water temperature reaches above 24C or higher, wetsuits will be prohibited.
In the event of very bad weather making it unsafe to cross the waterway between Kingston and Wolfe Island, the King Wolf Swim organizing committee reserves the right to cancel the 5km/11km swim distances in favour of a shorter and more sheltered contingency route. Should this occur, details will be sent to participants by email.