2015 Swim Start Info
1500 Meter Swim
The Hudson Valleys Fastest Triathlon Swim
The Race Starts in the Hudson River on Newburgh’s east side at the Regal Bag Crew Dock. Swimmers enter the water The point-to-point swim course is near the docks to minimize the effect of the current. Kayakers and other members of the water safety team frame a 30 yard swim lane from start to finish using yellow and green buoys. Athletes swim south and exit at the Newburgh Public Boat Launch where they will find assistance by the water safety team. Athletes will run up the short boat launch following the path to the transition area.
Swim start: 7:30 AM
After the Athlete Briefing held at the finish area, you will be escorted 1 mile up Restaurant Row to swim start. Wear comfy shoes, you can leave them at the swim start in your race issued bag and we will carefully transport them back to transition for pick up after the race. We will have a short info session, the singing of the National Anthem then into the river.
- You must use the race issued chip and strap
- Drop your bag with the corresponding race bib number at the designated bag drop area
- Wait in your assigned starting area, or wait to hear your wave called
- In water start for all swim waives
- Practice swims are not permitted
- Most likely we will be wetsuit legal according to the history of the Hudson River Temps
- Jump in the water and hold on to the swim dock line while waiting for the starting horn to blow
- If you are struggling during any part of the swim do not panic, we have an army of lifeguards and safety personnel in the water that will come to your assistance.
- Make sure you are on time! If you miss your wave you are out of the race
- Please read the 2015 Orange County Triathlon Athletes Guide available one week before the race date
The Hudson River, one of America’s most famous waterways, is home to many open water swims and is considered to be one of the cleanest rivers in New York.
Wearing swim goggles or a face mask is recommended, but optional
No fins, paddles, snorkels or flotation devices of any kind allowed
Traditional wetsuits are not required but are highly recommended.
Timing Chips must be properly fixed on your ankle.
No individual paddlers or escorts allowed. Course will be adequately patrolled by kayaks and patrol boats.
Swimmers will be required to have raced officials mark race number on shoulders and back of hand.
Please do not apply sunscreen or Vaseline to areas bearing your race number prior to numbering. Numbers must remain on during the swim.
Time penalties may be imposed on athletes not behind the official start line 5 minutes prior to race start.
Swimmers are required to stay on course and stay in-between course markers. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
Any assistance required during the swim will result in disqualification.
Contestants that are swimmers only will remove the chip timer off their angle and give to the officials. This is a security measure designed to maintain an accurate count of swimmers in an out of the water above and beyond the electronic chip counting system.
Each Swimmer must wear the colored swim cap provided by the Director.