Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim Classic to Make Waves at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry
Media Representatives Invited to Cover the September 30 Swim Races
LEWES, Del - More than six hundred swimmers and one big ferry vessel adds up to the most exciting open water swimming event on the East Coast! On Saturday, September 30, the Inaugural Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim Classic will test the skill and endurance of the participants at all ability levels. Hosted at the Lewes Ferry Terminal, this event is one of the largest open water swim races on the East Coast.
“Hosting a first-class championship sporting event like Escape to Lewes will have a significant positive economic impact on the Southern Delaware region,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations. “Athletes from 22 states will be traveling to Lewes to compete in the swim, and they’ll be staying in local hotels, eating in area restaurants, and shopping tax-free in local stores. As the event grows in profile, it will bring even more fall shoulder season visitors to the area.” The event organizer, DelMoSports, reports that 800 athletes are now registered.
Every event organized by DelMoSports features a challenging course, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families. Nowhere on the East Coast exists such a powerful combination of elements in one athletic event: the ingenuity of DelMoSports event production, the scenic terrain of Cape Henlopen State Park, and the added thrill of leaping off a massive ferry vessel to begin the race!
The 2017 ETL 3-Mile Race is designated as World Open Water Swimming Association’s (WOWSA) 3-Mile World Championship Event. The 1-mile swim, “Dolphin Escape 1 Miler”, is a USA Swimming sanctioned event. Athletes will board the ferry and journey out to the waters just inside the Delaware Breakwater Harbor where they will jump off to begin the race. The event will consist of two challenging races: a 3-mile and 1-mile swim.
Saturday, September 30 Race Day Schedule
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Athlete Check-in & Packet pick-up – Boardwalk
10:45 a.m. Athletes begin boarding the Vessel
10:55 a.m. National Anthem
10:55 a.m. Vessel departs dock
11:30 a.m. 3 Mile Swim Start
12:00 noon 1 Mile Swim Start
1:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony at the Terminal
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. After-party at the Ferry Terminal
Parking: The DRBA police will be directing all vehicles to the Cape Henlopen High School for parking. There will be NO event parking at the terminal. DelMoSports will be providing continuous shuttle service from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on race day between the High School and the Ferry Terminal.
Ferry Special: The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is offering a $10 round trip foot passenger ticket for athletes participating in the event and spectators who will cheer them on during the Inaugural Escape to Lewes 3 mile and 1 mile swim races. Please call the call center at 1-800-643-3779 to make your arrangements. The group code is SPECIAL.
DelMoSports, LLC is a boutique race company founded in 2004. They specialize in elite destination events along the southern New Jersey shore and Delaware. They organize unique and award-wining events, including Ironman70.3 Atlantic City, Atlantic City Triathlon, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, Escape to Lewes Open Water Classic and Escape the Cape Triathlon, which was voted the Best Triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic and North East Region. DelMoSports is known for high quality, athlete centered productions with an emphasis on community involvement while staying true to the sport of triathlon. All of their events provide a challenging course, spectacular scenery and amazing vacation opportunities for athletes and their families. www.delmosports.com
The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is owned and operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962. The Ferry is open year-round and has carried more than 45 million passengers since its inception on July 1, 1964. In 2016, the ferry service, which connects Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, and historic Lewes, Delaware, transported approximately 275,000 vehicles and nearly 1 million passengers. For schedule, rates and other program information, please visit the ferry’s website at www.CMLF.com, or call toll free, 800-643-3779. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @CMLFerry.
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