Welcome to the Fresh Start Swim Series. It's been a rough last few years for the world and Fresh Start Swim Series is looking to start over, bring fun, laughter, and inspiration back into the lives of our athletes by improving open water swim competitions and making the world a better place. Fresh Start Swim Series is composed of a multitude of events and held at three separate locations, the first of which consists of the 500m, a 2.5k, a 5k, and a 10k to be held at St. Pete Beach, rated #1 beach in the US and #5 world wide. Lastly and most importantly, the Fresh Start Swim Series is a partnership between three fabulous non-profits; Forgotten Coast K9 enabling our veterans suffering from PTSD with the ability to train their own highest quality service dog, Florida Dream Center providing resources for the victims of human trafficking, and Open Water Open Arms sharing learn to swim education and access to low income families.
Kayakers: Kayaks can be rented through Mary Jo at Sandy Feet Mobile kayaking, (727) 200- 3142 Make sure to tell her you are with the Fresh Start Swim Series. Kayakers must be obtained for the 10k and are highly recommended for the 5k.
Wetsuit policy: Water temp should be between 60-80 degrees, if temperature is 71 and up wetsuits will be allowed, but swimmers wearing wetsuits will not qualify for prizes (unless everyone in their age bracket decides to wear a wetsuit), and if the water is 70.9 or under all swimmers will qualify for the same races regardless of wetsuit status. Please note if you chose not to wear the wetsuit with the water 70.9 or under, you can still race but you may be competing for prizes against those that chose to wear the wetsuit. Unfortunately, because we are a very small race, we cannot have prize categories for wetsuit and non wetsuit groups at this point. We are doing our best to balance the needs of our open water swim community that likes things brisk and the needs of our triathlon community and the rules/conditions they are used to. At this point in time, there is a good chance the water will be cold enough that swimmers wearing wetsuits will qualify for awards.
We will also be having Swimmer With a Story awards: 1 male and 1 female to be nominated by their peers either prior to or during the race for their personal accomplishments or community contributions, if you would like to nominate someone please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put swimmer with a story in the header.
Bracket/Division Details & Fees:
500mActivity Starts: 11/19/2022 07:00 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/29/2021 16:52Activity type: Swimming, SwimRunRequires Date of BirthRequires phone number
2.5k SwimActivity Starts: 11/19/2022 10:30 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/27/2021 00:00Activity type: Swimming, SwimRunRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
5kActivity Starts: 11/19/2022 09:30 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/27/2021 00:00Activity type: Swimming, SwimRunRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
10 KRough Water Conditions Possible - This will potentially be a rough water swim. We intend to run the course through wind and chop as well as mild swells. If you are new to the 10k and day of conditions are not what you were expecting you can drop down to the 5k, even though there will be a $10 race day change charge.Activity Starts: 11/19/2022 08:00 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/27/2021 17:58Activity type: Swimming, SwimRunRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
Virtual Swim 500m, 2.5k, 5k, or 10kIf you can't join us in person, we would love to have you participate and help us raise money for an awesome cause. Submit your results after you have accomplished your goals, that can be anything! Do a 500m, 5k, 10k, swim, walk run, we would love to have you participate and do something that challenges you. Feel free to submit a short story about your goal and chosen distance to be featured on our website! All money from the virtual race will be going directly to help sponsor a veteran and their dog in the Forgotten Coast K9 Program. Everyone who participates will get a t-shirt after event submission.Activity Starts: 11/19/2022 07:00 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/27/2021 08:02Activity type: Virtual raceRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
Safety KayakerActivity Starts: 11/19/2022 07:00 - Activity Ends: 11/19/2022 12:00Registration opens : 11/27/2021 12:03Activity type: Paddle sportsRequires Date of BirthRequires phone number