There is no qualification procedure for the Bill Keating Jr.s GREAT OHIO RIVER SWIM.

Please review THIS to make sure you are prepared for the swim

Enter online HERE.

Open Entry Fee                     $40      ($50 after 9/17 including day of entry)
Collegiate Entry Fee              $35*     ($50 after 9/17 including day of entry
Youth Entry Fee                    $25**   ($50 after 9/17 including day of entry)

* Must be enrolled full time in a college or university and have valid college ID at registration
** 12 to 18 years old.  Under 12, parent email

NEW this year, your registration will include a t-shirt and insurance.  

Online registration closes at Noon on September 23.

You may enter onsite at Public Landing the day of the race starting at 6:30am.  Day of entries will not get a tshirt included with their entry (shirts may be ordered for later delivery to you).

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

Please note that our entry fee goes up on September 17.  We encourage everybody to enter before then. 


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 inUSAT is required and one day USAT fees will not be charged.


Youth and collegiate athletes receive to entry fee discounts.

All participants between 12 and 18 should enter in the the Youth category to receive a $15 discount.

All participants enrolled in a college or university (you must bring valid ID to present at registration) should enter the Collegiate category to receive a $5 discount.

If your team enrolls in the race for the team discount then you are entitled to both discounts.


New for 2017.  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.



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