3401 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

Start Date

08/08/2022

Activity tags attached to this sportie.

Activities: Swimming, SwimRun, Clinic, Other, 22.75 Miles, 1 Mile, 400m

 

$5000 Purse Up For Grabs!*

1st Place Overall = $2,500

1st Place Relay Team = $2,500

*Participants wearing wetsuits are not eligible for awards/prizes or GSS points.


The 3rd Annual Jim Whelan Open Water Festival, featuring the 56th Annual Around The Island® Swim, will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 in and around Absecon Island, NJ, which is made up of the cities of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, and Longport.

Hosted by Green Whales, Inc., the inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival successfully resurrected this historic and challenging 22.75mi/36.6km marathon swim for its 54th installment in 2019 in honor of the late Jim Whelan; a former NJ State Senator, Mayor of Atlantic City, member of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, Atlantic City teacher, and Atlantic City High School Swim Coach. 

"Honoring nostalgia in service to our community."

 

Through our efforts and the generous support of our sponsors, we continue to accomplish our two main goals:

  • To increase awareness of "Whelan Whales"--a free swim lesson and water safety program for the children of Atlantic County. 
  • Honor the historical significance of the Around The Island® Swim to the Absecon Island community and generations of lifeguard families.

We are even taking it a step further this year by expanding our water safety program to include a lesson on riptides in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The history of this legendary marathon swim began back in 1953 when two ACBP members, Ed "Dutch" Stetser and Edward Solitare, made a $100 bet to see who could circumnavigate Absecon Island first.  It was Solitare who won, completing the grueling course in 13:30, with Stetser only an hour behind him.  Throughout the following half-century, numerous international open water swimming athletes competed in the race, which was eventually called a "world championship ocean marathon."

The Around The Island® current record holder, as documented on marathonswimmers.org, remains Stéphane Gomez, from France, set in 2004 with a time of 6:37.09.   The winners from the 54th Around The Island™ Swim in 2019 are:

  • First male and overall winner: William “Bill” Leonard, from Canada, at 8:23:27
  • First relay: Swim RVA Hammerheads, Steven “Craig” Dunbar and Teresa “Tess” Andres from the United States, at 9:29:56
  • First female: Charlotte Brynn, from the United States, finishing at 9:31:28
     

What will you be doing on Tuesday, August 9, 2022?  Will you become a part of history?  Will you support a worthwhile cause?  Do you want to challenge your open water swimming skills?  Register to participate in the 3rd Annual Jim Whelan Open Water Festival, featuring the 56th Annual Around The Island® Swim!

  • Individual Event: 5 participants and 3 alternates
  • Relay Event: 3 teams and 1 alternate team

SPACE IS LIMITED to SELECT A FEW!

A committee of open water swim coaches, swimmers, and professionals will be choosing from the best resumes.

Looking for the Entry Requirements?

All Entry & Eligibility requirements for the 56th Annual Around The Island® Swim is found here


$5000 Purse Up For Grabs!*

1st Place Overall = $2,500

1st Place Relay Team = $2,500

*Participants wearing wetsuits are not eligible for awards/prizes or GSS points.


LOCATION

The 56th Annual Around The Island® Swim will be held at the Atlantic City High School Boat House (3401 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401). 

The 1 Mile & 400M Ocean Swims will be held at the Albany Avenue Beach, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

Bracket/Division Details & Fees:

  1. 56th Annual Around the Island® Swim - INDIVIDUAL

    Athletes must be 18 years of age or older to swim as an individual.
    Activity Starts: 8/9/2022 06:00 - Activity Ends: 8/9/2022 19:00
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Swimming, SwimRun
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 5/1/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $1,000.00
      Processing fee : $40.00


  2. 56th Annual Around the Island® Swim - RELAY TEAM

    All team members on the relay team must be at least 15 years of age or older. All relay teams are required to supply their own power boat to transport their Boat Captain, Team Members, and Lifeguard
    Activity Starts: 8/9/2022 06:00 - Activity Ends: 8/9/2022 19:00
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Swimming, SwimRun
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 4/1/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $1,000.00
      Processing fee : $40.00


  3. 1 Mile Ocean Swim

    Held at Albany Avenue Beach, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Activity Starts: 8/8/2022 10:45 - Activity Ends: 8/8/2022 11:15
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Swimming, SwimRun
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 7/15/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $30.00
      Processing fee : $2.74
    • Registration opens : 7/16/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 8/8/2022 08:00
      Race fee : $35.00
      Processing fee : $3.03


  4. 400M Ocean Swim

    Held at Albany Avenue Beach, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Activity Starts: 8/8/2022 10:15 - Activity Ends: 8/8/2022 10:30
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Swimming, SwimRun
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 7/15/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $20.00
      Processing fee : $2.16
    • Registration opens : 7/16/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 8/8/2022 08:00
      Race fee : $25.00
      Processing fee : $2.45


  5. Rip Current Awareness Clinic

    Held at Albany Avenue Beach, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Activity Starts: 8/8/2022 11:00 - Activity Ends: 8/8/2022 12:00
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Clinic
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 8/8/2022 11:00
      Race fee : $0.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  6. ATI Coach/Athlete Representative

    As a Coach/Athlete Representative, I understand that I will, at a minimum: • Be available to my athlete during the full 22.75 mile marathon swim in the lifeguard boat (van duyne). • Provide my athlete with the necessary food, drink, and support they need. • Make the hard decision for my athlete, if necessary, that they be pulled from the event. ATI Coach/Athlete Representative is required to be 18 or older.
    Activity Starts: 8/9/2022 06:00 - Activity Ends: 8/9/2022 19:00
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Other
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 5/1/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $0.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  7. ATI Power Boat Captain

    As a Power Boat Captain, I understand that I will, at a minimum: • Be available to my athletes during the full 22.75 mile marathon swim. • Communicate with the Race Staff as needed throughout the race. • Arrive one hour prior to the start of the race so that everyone is properly set up. ATI Power Boat Captain is required to be 18 or older.
    Activity Starts: 8/9/2022 06:00 - Activity Ends: 8/9/2022 19:00
    Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
    Activity type: Other
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 2/15/2022 00:00
      Registration closes : 4/22/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $0.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


  8. Volunteers

    Green Whales, Inc. prides ourselves on providing community support. We are looking to the community to help support this event. Please help us by volunteering on Monday, Tuesday, or both! All ages are welcome to volunteer. We ask that anyone volunteer under the age of 12 be accompanied by an adult.
    Activity Starts: 8/8/2022 06:00 - Activity Ends: 8/9/2022 19:00
    Registration opens : 3/28/2022 11:33
    Activity type: Other
    Requires Date of Birth
    Requires phone number
    Giveaway(s): T-Shirt
    Registration Periods:
    • Registration opens : 3/28/2022 11:33
      Registration closes : 7/25/2022 23:59
      Race fee : $0.00
      Processing fee : $0.00


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