While there is no qualification procedure for the Bill Keating Jr.,  GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM, please review THIS to make sure you are prepared for the swim.

Early Bird Registration Rates (through August 31)

Competitive Swim - $35   

Youth/Club Competitive Swim* - $30

Adult Swim - $35

Standard Registration Rates (through September 20)

Competitive Swim - $40

Youth/Club Competitive Swim* - $35

Adult Open Swim - $40

On-site Registration Rates (September 22)

Competitive Swim - $50

Youth/Club Competitive Swim* - $45

Adult Open Swim - $50

* 12 to 18 years old.  Under 12, parent email

Online registration closes at midnight on September 20.

You may enter onsite at Public Landing the day of the race starting at 6:30am.  On-site registrants will not be guaranteed an event shirt.

We encourage you to enter online as registration lines can be long on race day.


We encourage US Swimming, YMCA, college and high school teams to participate. 

Please contact for information about team discounts.

USA Triathlon

The Great Ohio River Swim is not a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.  No membership in USAT is required and one day USAT fees will not be charged.


Our first heat (the Competitive Wave) will be for athletes who plan to compete for overall or age group awards.  We would ask that all participants in this wave be able to complete a 500 yard free under 7 minutes.

The Competitive Wave is for both men and women.

The Competitive Wave is self seeded.  Please indicate you wish to be placed in the Competitive Wave when entering.

You are not required to be in the Competitive Wave to qualify for an age group award.


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  at 8:00 am at the swim start.  Registration and check in will close at 7:45 am.   The swim will begin at 8:15 am.