MAINE, THE PERFECT VACATION SPOT

SUN, AUG 9, 2020

Casco Bay Islands, Maine

The Casco Bay Islands (also known as the Cole Classic in memory of co-founder Jeff Cole) is America’s original SwimRun. With SwimRun spreading all over Europe prior to 2016, the inaugural Casco Bay SwimRun, produced by SwimRun USA (now Odyssey SwimRun), blazed the trail in bringing the sport to the states. Since then a number of SwimRuns have popped up all over the country in all areas of the US, but Casco Bay remains the gold standard. Accented by three other marque events in the Odyssey SwimRun family, Casco Bay stands out as the destination event on the east coast, offering athletes of all levels choices of long and short course, team and individual/solo racing.

2020 marks the event’s 4th year and is slated to be the best yet. With another round of minor course changes, even those that have done the event a number of years, will find themselves doing something they have never done before. If you haven’t traveled to Maine, Portland, or Casco Bay, be prepared to swim and run in awe of the beauty that only the East Coast can offer. From gorgeous bay views and sunrises, to lobster pots around every corner, you’ll have a blast racing around historic forts and buildings scattered throughout the island chain.

Athletes run over all types of terrain from pavement, to grass, to trails and even long scrabbles over boulders that make up the shorelines of entire islands. Presenting an even bigger challenge when tides are low, many boulders are covered in slippery tidal kelp present challenging obstacles racers must overcome to get from one side of the island(s) to the other. The saltwater swims are cool, crisp, and refreshing in some of the most pristine waters you will ever encounter, offering a true New England experience. Beyond the terrain on the run and tidal waters on the swim athletes have potential to encounter strong currents, chop/swells while at sea, and gentle rolling hills while traversing the islands along the way.

 

 
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ABOUT SWIMRUN USA & CO-FOUNDER, JEFF COLE

A husband, a father, a sportsman, an event organizer and a leader, Jeff Cole cared deeply about each and every person he had contact with. He grew up on the water and worked as a lifeguard and was a volunteer fireman at the Kennebunk Fire Dept for over 20 years, founded and produced multisport races – from the Fireman’s Tri in Kennebunkport to White Mountains Tri in Franconia, New Hampshire. He served on the Board of Directors for numerous businesses, schools, and sporting organizations and yet spent a few weeks each year living off the grid completely self-sufficient. Jeff was an independent thinker but also a consensus builder. He never asked anyone to do something he was not prepared to do himself. He is fiercely missed but his legacy lives on through his wife Kim, daughter Rachel, son Ben, his friends and through the SwimRun USA events he pioneered.

ABOUT THE “COLE CLASSIC AWARD”

Every year we award one athlete or team with the Cole Classic Award for exemplary actions showcasing the spirit of SwimRun!


SCHEDULE

 

Sat, August 8, 2020

  • 14:00-16:00 Packet Pickup

  • 16:00-17:00 Athlete Briefing

SUN, AUGUST 9, 2020

  • 05:00 Long Course Portland Ferry Boarding Begins

  • 05:30 Long Course Portland Ferry Departs for Peaks Island

  • 06:00 Short Course Portland Ferry Boarding Begins

  • 06:30 Short Course Portland Ferry Departs for Long Island

  • 06:30 Long Course Begins at Peaks Island

  • 08:00 Short Course Begins at Long Island

  • 08:30 Cutoff #1 - House Island

  • 10:30 Cutoff #2 - Diamond Cove

  • 12:00 Cutoff #3 - East End Beach, Long Island

  • 12:00 Awards Ceremony

  • 15:00 Race Ends

Ferry Schedule / Long to Portland Post Race: 12:05pm, 2:15pm, 4:20pm

 

 

IMPORTANT ADDRESSES

There are a number of important addresses and coordinates that athletes, volunteers, and spectators will need to know for race weekend. Click the button below to access all of those locations.

LONG & SHORT COUrSE Packet Pickup & Briefing

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LONG & SHORT COURSE Ferry Loading

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LONG COURSE Start Line

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SHORT COURSE Start Line

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LONG & SHORT COURSE Finish Line

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REGISTRATION

All price increases are based of midnight of the increase day set below.
That time is set to the time zone of the location of the race.

 

SHORT COURSE TEAMS

  • $400 Kickoff - Oct 1-31

  • $500 Early - Nov 1 - Jan 14

  • $550 Regular - Jan 15-May 14

  • $600 Late - May 15-Aug 8

LONG COURSE TEAMS

  • $550 Kickoff - Oct 1-31

  • $650 Early - Nov 1 - Jan 14

  • $700 Regular - Jan 15-May 14

  • $750 Late - May 15-Aug 8

SHORT COURSE SOLO

  • $200 Kickoff - Oct 1-31

  • $275 Early - Nov 1 - Jan 14

  • $325 Regular - Jan 15-May 14

  • $375 Late - May 15-Aug 8

LONG COURSE SOLO

  • $250 Kickoff - Oct 1-31

  • $325 Early - Nov 1 - Jan 14

  • $400 Regular - Jan 15-May 14

  • $450 Late - May 15-Aug 8

 
 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Event Swim Cap(s) • Event Number Bib(s) • Event Collapsable Cup • New Wave Swim Buoy (Solo Only)

2020 REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY

There are no refunds or next-year deferrals of any kind.

We do offer FREE event-to-event transfers (short-to-long and team-to-solo) within the same race. We also offer $100 race-to-race (Casco Bay, Les Cheneaux, Orcas, Austin) transfers within the same calendar year. All of these transfers MUST be done within 2-months of the date of the race you are in and/or transferring too. Add-Ons and Giveaways done within your registration maybe be purchased and changed up until the 2-month mark and all personal information may be changed at any time all by just logging into your RunSignup account after you register.

HOW TO MAKE A CHANGE

You can institute an internal event transfer (short to long, etc) as well as transferring from one race to another within the same year, pay your fee, and get confirmation, all by simply logging into your RunSignup account and managing your registration for that race.

 

MANDATORY GEAR

 
  • Event Silicone Swim Cap

  • Event Collapsable Cup

  • Event Number Bib

  • New Wave Swim Buoy (solo only)

  • Goggles

  • Swimsuit

  • Shoes

  • Tether

  • Whistle

  • Compression Bandage

  • Timing Chip

 

COURSE PROFILES

 

SHORT COURSE SWIM

Total Event Distance: 11-Miles

Total Swim Distance: 2-miles

No of Swim Legs: 5

Longest Swim: 880-meters

Shortest Swim: 270-meters

Average Water Temp: 60°F

SHORT COURSE RUN

Total Event Distance: 11-Miles

Total Run Distance: 9-miles

No of Run Legs: 6

Longest Run: 4-miles

Shortest Run: .4-miles

Average Air Temp: 70°F

Terrian: Pavement, Dirt Trails, Sand, Rock Scrambling

LONG COURSE SWIM

Total Event Distance: 21-Miles

Total Swim Distance: 4-miles

No of Swim Legs: 11

Longest Swim: 966-meters

Shortest Swim: 200-meters

Average Water Temp: 60°F

LONG COURSE RUN

Total Event Distance: 21-Miles

Total Run Distance: 17-miles

No of Run Legs: 12

Longest Run: 4-miles

Shortest Run: .4-miles

Average Air Temp: 70°F

Terrian: Pavement, Dirt Trails, Sand, Rock Scrambling

 

 

COURSE CUTOFFS

We have to constitute the cutoff times below because of safety concerns and permit restrictions as the day progresses.

CUTOFF #1 - 08:30

Georges Island

CUTOFF #2 - 09:00

Lovells Island

CUTOFF #3 - 11:00

Long Island

 

 

RULES

Click the button below for a detailed list of our rules for SwimRun Casco Bay.

 

 

SPONSORS

Sponsors play an important roll in helping events like these to continue for years to come. Without volunteers, sponsors, local support, and registrations, these races would not exist. We work every day to form valuable relationships with local (and national) companies to expand the boundaries of our events, offer more to the athletes, and help these generous sponsors grow their business. We stand behind our sponsors and would never recommend a product to the athletes/public we haven’t had our own positive experiences with. We hope, whenever possible, you join us in giving these great businesses your patronage.

 

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