Ocean Swim Challenge

Thank you to all our sponsors, racers, and volunteers


Now in its 9th year, the Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge, offers a rare opportunity to swim in an open water ocean race on the beautiful East End of Long Island. This annual event, organized by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad, benefits the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation in its efforts to build a vibrant Aquatic and Cultural Arts Center. 

The Challenge offers three distance categories for swimmers of all ages and abilities, ideal for recreational and competitive swimmers alike. Racers swim along Montauks scenic coastline and finish at the world-famous Ditch Plains Beach. Over 200 participants and supporters enjoy a post-swim breakfast.

Your participation and sponsorship of the Ocean Swim Challenge will ensure that East End residents of all ages can learn important drown proofing, water safety, and fitness skills.

Thank you to our current 2017 Sponsors:

The Montauk Beach House

Xterra Wetsuits

Montauk Brewing Company

Mickey's Carting

Noosa Yoghurt

Juice Press


Henry Schein Cares

Ditch Ink

Montauk Clothing Company


Montauk Coleman Real Estate

Dick Monahan

Bob Miller

David Providenti


Saturday | July 22, 2017

Registration Pre-Event:

Please join us at a registration pre-event at the Montauk Beach House on Friday, July 21st from 5-7pm. There will be complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvre for racers and their guests.

Swim Distances:
½ mile
1 mile


The Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation needs your financial support to build an Aquatic Center in Montauk! Please ask your friends and family to sponsor your efforts by setting up a personalized sponsorship page through the active.com registration module. For more information, please contact events@montaukplayhouse.org.

The top fundraiser will win an Xterra wetsuit! The second-place fundraiser will win a $150 TriSports gift certificate!

Course Information:
The race course is in the ocean beyond the break, swimming parallel to the shore line.The 5K will be a loop from Ditch Plains beach to just east of the Montauk IGA and back.The one and ½ mile races will be straight courses. The one mile will start near Terrace beach in downtown Montauk, the ½ mile will start west of the main parking lot of Ditch Plains Beach (in front of the cliffs – also known as Poles beach). All races end at Ditch Plains beach, located about 1 mile east of downtown Montauk. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys.

*Race Director may modify course if dangerous conditions arise.

Wave designations and swim direction will be determined closer to race date subject to weather conditions. Water temperatures expected to range from 66 to 70°F. Chop and currents due to wind, and the possibility of flotsam, jetsam and jellyfish possible.


Tentative Event Schedule:


- 5:00pm: Registration Pre-Event at the Montauk Beach House


- 5:30am: On-site registration and check-in opens at Ditch Plains Beach
- 6:30am: 5K swimmers begin
- 7:30am: approximate 1 mile start
- 8am: approximate ½ mile start
- 9:00am: Race Ends

There will be a mandatory race briefing at swim start locations 15 minutes prior to race start time.

*Start times are subject to change. Confirm with race organizers.

Age Range:
Past races have seen participants range in age from 7 years to 85 years.

Skill Level:
The race accommodates beginner to competitive swimmers.

- ½ mile: $25 (advance) | $40 (day of)
- 1 mile: $40 (advance) | $55 (day of)
- 5K: $55 (advance) | $70 (day of)


ONLINE: Register in advance at active.com. Race organizers strongly urge swimmers to register online for speed and accuracy. Online registration will remain open until 4:00pm on Friday, July 21, 2017.

DAY OF: Registration and check-in open at Ditch Plains Beach at 5:30am.

*We strongly urge swimmers to register online.

All participants receive race shirt, swim cap, and pre- and post-race refreshments. The #1 fundraiser will win this Xterra Wetsuit:

Timing & Results:
Professional timing provided by PR Timing. Results will be posted online within 24 hours of race finish.

Safety and escort craft will be provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and will accompany swimmers throughout the event. Support craft other than designated race craft are not permitted.

Water will be available for swimmers throughout the swim. EMS on site. There will be a cut-off time for the 5K race.

Transportation & Parking:
All participants must register and or check-in the day of the race at Ditch Plains Beach. Parking passes will be provided to participants who do not have a Town of East Hampton Beach Parking Permit. Bus transportation to the 1-mile start at Terrace Beach will be provided (both the 1/2-mile and 5k start at Ditch Plains Beach).

Swimming Attire:
Wet suits ARE permitted and recommended. Use of MP3 players and other electrical audio/communication devices by the swimmer during event is NOT permitted.

All ages welcome to participate. All participants (and guardians of those under 18) must complete and sign waivers (if registering online, you will be required to accept the waiver prior to finalizing your registration).

Montauk has a large selection of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, and most require multiple night stays in the summer months. We recommend you book early. Visit www.montaukchamber.com for a listing of all hotels.

Please make every attempt to fundraise as the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation needs your financial support to build an aquatic center in Montauk! Donations are at the swimmer's discretion, from $5 to $500+, and fundraising pages will be available to set up through our online registration module. Please include donation amount during online registration or make donation checks payable to Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation and mail to P.O. Box 1612, Montauk, NY  11954

Opportunities available. Contact us for more information.

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