Pier 2 Pier Swim in memory of Ryan Alea Young 2018

Event #4 of the Carolina Swim Series

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9:00 AM


Saturday, September 15, 2018


Wrightsville Beach, NC




1.7 Mile Swim


Thursday, September 13, 2018  9:00 AM


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Pier 2 Pier Swim in memory of Ryan Alea Young





Pier-to-Pier is now part of the Carolina Swim Series 

The Carolina Swim Series consists of five open water swims in the greater Wilmington area.
There are two swims in the spring, one in the middle of summer, and then two more in the fall.

1) Stoked to Go Out - Saturday, May 19th @ Wrightsville Beach
2) Swim CB - Sunday, June 24th @ Carolina Beach
3) Racin' the Basin - Saturday, July 28th @ Ft. Fisher
4) Pier-to-Pier - Saturday, September 15th @ Wrightsville Beach
5) Swim the Loop - Sunday, September 23rd @ Wrightsville Beach

The Carolina Swim Series will culminate with a year-end awards party on a yet to be named date. 




For the second consecutive year we're excited to have a Collegiate and USA Swimming Club Division.
Each team's score will be comprised of the fastest two females and two male swimmers.
Their overall combined time will make their team’s best time.
The team with the fastest time will WIN a traveling first place trophy and lots of social media buzz.  
They will then have the opportunity to return the trophy to defend their title next tear.

Be sure to enter your College/Club name upon registration!


Pier-to-Pier will be held for the 13th year at beautiful Wrightsville Beach.

The swim is approximately 1.7 miles point to point between Crystal Pier and Johnnie Mercer's Pier with prevailing current.


Category Pricing

Age Group Male
Age Group Female
On or Before Friday, August 31, 2018$40.00
On or Before Thursday, September 13, 2018, 9:00 AM$55.00
On-site Registration$60.00

**This pricing is based upon Date

Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier

Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 09-13-2018 at 9:00 AM.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-14-2018 during normal packet pick up hours.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-15-2018 during normal packet pick up hours.

Event Site Rules

Carolina Swim Series – Wetsuit Rules

For all Carolina Swim Series races, the following wetsuit guidelines will be followed:

1) If the water temperature is 67.9 degrees or lower – wetsuits will be required.

2) If the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees – wetsuits will be optional (see below for details).

3) If the water temperature is 78.1 degrees or higher – wetsuits are prohibited.

Optional wetsuit usage: Participants opting to wear a wetsuit when the water temperature is between 68 degrees and 78 degrees, will be assessed a 3-minute penalty for the five shorter races and a 6-minute penalty for the two longer races. 

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup - TBD



Affiliated Charities

This event benefits Wilmington Family YMCA's Swim Team-CFAC.


Refund are not available for this event.


Withdrawals will be available after Thursday, August 16, 2018.


This event does not provide transfers.


This event does not allow deferrals.


In the event of inclement weather the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass in time to complete the event safely in the original or modified format, the event will be cancelled. If the weather passes and the event cannot be held within the permitted time limits, the event will be changed to a duathlon format and possibly modified in length to meet these restrictions.

Every effort will be made to hold this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.

By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.


Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form.

A race official will be in touch with you the week of the race.

Volunteer Form

Overall Results



Award Categories

Overall Male

Overall Female

Overall Masters Male (40+)

Overall Masters Female (40+)

Top 3 in the following categories: 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+


1 Trophy per category below

College teams (18+) – 2 males 2 females

USA Swimming teams (17 and below) – 2 males 2 females

Race information

Weather Policy: The event will happened if there is rain. If there are thunder and lightning or rough seas the event maybe postponed an hour or even cancelled.

Parking: Participants will park at Wrightsville Beach Park near Town Hall and will be shuttled to the swim start.

Gear bags: Drop off your gear bag on the trailer at the beach! We will provide bags for you to wright your number and name on the bags!!!

Gear Bag Pick up: You bag will be waiting for you at the finish line.

8:45am will be Race Briefing at Swim start

Swim Caps: All swimmers has to have on Swim cap (given in packet)

At the Start horn, swimmers will enter water, Swim between the starting pier and race buoy, turn to swim toward the far finishing pier.

At finishing pier, swimmers will swim outside the race buoy, turn toward the beach, and swim to shore. Once on shore, swimmers will continue on foot up the finish shoot to the finish line. A blow up arc will be the finish line and run over mats.

EMS: Will be located at the end of the finish line.


Website:  Please check the YMCA Facebook for race updates on tide.

Overall Results from previous years

  Click here for results from previous years.