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Big Swell Swim Madison

Big Swell Swim Madison

Big Swell Madison – New VIRTUAL format due to COVID-19
Monday, August 3rd – Monday, August 10th, 2020
Marked course set at Law Park and Lake Monona
If you aren’t in the Madison area, just choose your own course and swim anywhere. Or, grab a paddle board and stand up paddle the course!

Race for our lakes

Jump into Lake Monona for Big Swell Swim Madison! Due to Covid-19 and the restrictions in Dane County, we are moving to a new format for this year’s event to limit any group gathering. Other races like IRONMAN Wisconsin have been cancelled, so this is a great way to keep training and take part in an open-water swim.

Buoys will be placed in Lake Monona near Law Park Monday, August 3rd through Monday, August 10th. You have one week to swim the measured and marked course and submit your time. If you are not in the Madison area, just choose your own course and swim anywhere! This is a great training opportunity for competitive and recreational swimmers alike. Sign up to swim today!

Don’t want to swim? Grab a paddle board and stand up paddle the course!

As this is a virtual event, all swimming is AT YOUR OWN RISK. We highly suggest these safety precautions as you are swimming in open water: 

1. Do not go alone 
2. Swim with a buoy
3. Wear a bright colored swim cap
4. Recruit someone to kayak or SUP with you
5. Do not swim if you are ill or suffering any respiratory discomfort 

Big Swell Swim - Individual swimmer
Individual swimmer at Big Swell Swim

Swim for clean lakes

When it comes to Madison’s lakes, it’s not only the fish that count on clean water for swimming. Hundreds of swimmers plunge into our lakes each year, especially as part of our vibrant triathlon scene.

Whether you are a competitive swimmer looking for a great training opportunity, or a recreational swimmer who cares about clean water, Big Swell Swim is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and help protect our lakes.

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Big Swell Swim Series

Shoreline Swim is now a part of the Big Swell Swim Series! A portion of your registration will go directly to Clean Lakes Alliance. Your registration supports important lake improvement projects, educational programming, and water quality monitoring.

Big Swell Madison Distances

Choose from a 1.2 or 2.4-mile race in the same waters as Ironman Wisconsin.

Finishing Big Swell Madison

All swimmers will receive a an event tank.

See the Clean Lakes Alliance event calendar.

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