Swim The Loop - 3.5 Miles 2018

Event #5 of the Carolina Swim Series

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7:00 AM


Sunday, September 23, 2018


Wrightsville Beach, NC




3.5 Miles


Friday, September 21, 2018  7:00 AM


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Swim The Loop - 3.5 Miles




Registration opens - 1/1/18


Swim the Loop 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) Racin' the Basin - Saturday, April 7 @ Ft. Fisher
2) Stoked to Go Out - Saturday, May 19th @ Wrightsville Beach
3) Swim CB - Saturday, July 21st @ Carolina Beach
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.


Visit the OFFICIAL event web site at


Starts and finishes at the Dockside Restaurant, which is located on Airlie Road (Wilmington side of the Intracoastal Waterway).


Swim The Loop starts and finishes at the Dockside Restaurant, which is located on Airlie Road (Wilmington side of the Intracoastal Waterway). The race will start at a high tide to ensure an even tide pattern throughout the 3.5 mile swim. Don’t be fooled though; there will be times of slight incoming tide, slight falling tide and a mostly slack tide. Swimmers will paddle their way around the island clockwise going under the drawbridge and turning right into Lee’s Cut. There are some shallower waters through this cut, so keep about 10-15 ft. off the marsh/docks and you won’t hit bottom. Lee’s Cut can be a tougher section to complete, so be conservative and confident through the first mile of the swim.

Once through Lee’s Cut the swimmer will turn right into Banks Channel and go under the W. Salisbury St. Bridge completing about 1.5 miles of the course. Once you reach the second bridge you’ve completed 2 miles and will soon turn right into Motts Channel. Make sure you site through Mott’s Channel and stay about 10-15 ft. off the marsh because as the tide begins to change and fall this part could be a challenging portion of the swim depending on the time you begin this portion of the swim. Mile 3 is just past the Seapath Towers/Marina and will leave you with half a mile from the finish.

The race course is a 5.6K (3.5 miles) loop that goes around Harbor Island. Start/finish will be on the vdocks at Dockside Restaurant. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys, kayakers, stand up paddle boarders, and boats. Waves or mass start will be determined closer to race date and is subjected to the number of race entrants and weather conditions. The direction of the swim will be clockwise around Harbor Island. Expected water temperature range is 68-75°F, with possible chop due to wind, and the presence of marine life.


Category Pricing

Swim the Loop (3.5 mile) - female
Swim the Loop (3.5 mile) - male
On or Before Saturday, June 30, 2018$75.00
On or Before Friday, September 21, 2018, 7:00 AM$90.00
On-site Registration$90.00

**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 09-21-2018 at 7:00 AM.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-22-2018 during normal packet pick up hours.

On-site registration is available for this event on 09-23-2018 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 Pick-Up:  TBD


This event accepts refunds of 50% of the paid event price up to 26 days prior to the event date or until the event has filled.

The refund cutoff date is Tuesday, August 28, 2018 or in 188 day(s) from today .

Click here to go to your profile and request a refund for this event.


Transfers are allowed.  See for more details.


This event does not allow deferrals.


For complete information on refunds, withdrawals, transfers, and deferrals please visit the official web page at


Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form. There are many volunteer opportunities available, no one will be turned away.

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

Volunteer Form

Award Categories

Top 3 Overall Males

Top 3 Overall Females

Top 3 Masters Males (40 & above)

Top 3 Masters Females (40 & above)

Refund Policy

Please see the official webpage: for details.

Race Results

For past results, please see the official webpage: