Event Schedule

Sunday, September 22, 2019

6:30 am            New Registration and Packet Pickup for pre-registrants

7:30 am            Open Water Swim Clinic with former winner Caroline Keating

7:45 am            Registration and check in closes

8:00 am            Mandatory Participant Meeting at the upstream end of the Serpentine wall

8:15 am            START!


Parking:  Parking is available throughout the downtown area.  Parking is also available on Public Landing for a $5 fee.

Registration:  Boat ramp at the Public Landing, beginning at 6:30 am

Open Water Swim Clinic:  On the Serpentine Wall adjacent to Registration

Swim Start:  On the Ohio River at the upstream end of the Serpentine Wall

Finish:  Boat ramp at Public Landing


Open Water Swim Clinic
Public Landing
September 22, 2019
7:30 am

Nervous about swimming in open water?  Never done an open water swim before?  The Great Ohio River Swim has added an open water swim clinic

The Open Water Swim Clinic will last approximately 30 minutes and begin at 7:30am.  Topics to be covered will include open water freestyle stroke, sighting, drafting, currents, start and finish, lifeguards and strategy.  You do not have to participate in the Great Ohio River Swim to attend the Open Water Swim Clinic.  The Swim Clinic will be at Registration at Public Landing. 


Go to 700 E. Pete Rose Way for approximate GPS coordinates of our start line.

Expect mild temperatures, a nice, calm river and warm water.  A perfect end of season open water swim!

The course starts at the upstream end of the Serpentine Wall, swims directly across the Ohio River to Kentucky and then angles back to finish at Public Landing.  The distance is just under 900 meters.

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The Ohio River will be closed to barge and power boat traffic.  The swim will be timed.  Awards will be given to the winners by class.

The water quality of the Ohio River is generally quite good, with water quality only falling after a severe storm.  The water is tested 3 times the week before the swim.  For information on water quality click here.


On site check-in will begin at 6:30 am at the finish line at Public Landing.  The Open Water Swim Clinic is at 7:30 am.  Attendance is optional at the swim clinic but we do have a mandatory pre-race meeting is at 8:00 am at the swim start line.  Registration and check in will close at 7:45 am.   The swim will begin in waves at 8:15 am. 


Parking is available throughout the downtown area.  The Cincinnati Park Board has opened up Public Landing for parking and will be charging $5 per car.  Other lots are available at the base of the Purple People Bridge.


We understand that plans can change.  Unfortunately we are not able to give out any refund, for any reason.  We will not transfer your entry to another race nor roll it over to the following year. 


Adventure Crew, the race organizer, reserves the right to postpone, cancel or change the race or race format at any time to ensure athlete safety. If Adventure Crew determines conditions that might compromise the safety of participants, Adventure Crew, in its sole judgment, may cancel, postpone, or change the race and/or race format. No refunds or transfers will be given as a result of any cancellation or modification of the event.


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