June 15 2019, Grand Forks, ND
The Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test (END-WET) is a down-river swim ultra-marathon (27 miles in 2012-13, 36 miles starting in 2014) where solo or relay swimmers will travel from rural ND into East Grand Forks, MN, on the mighty Red River of the North. The longest swim race in North America!
We are accepting nominations for guest swimmer for 2019--see the call for 2016 nominations. Previous (and awesome) guest swimmers have been Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pick.
Date: June 15, 2019
Cap: Race limited to 40 solo swimmers and 10 teams.
- Solo swim (traditional, FINA suit rules apply)
- Solo swim (non-traditional - wetsuits are allowed)
- Relay swim (doubles)
- Relay swim (recreational, 3-5 team members)
Category must be declared when you check in before the race.
Location/Schedule: Race start will be at Belmont Park, ND, near Climax (MN) and finish in downtown Grand Forks, ND/East Grand Forks, MN. The night before the race we have a pre-race meeting for swimmers and paddlers, dinner, and presentation/talk by our guest swimmer.
Guest swimmer: We invite a swimmer every year to be our guest. We've picked people we think are ambassadors for the sport of open-water swimming in one way or another (sometimes by doing crazy things), but they've all been some of the nicest people we've ever met. Previous (and awesome) guest swimmers have been Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller.
Nominations are accepted contually and announced at the beginning of each calendar year. Tradition holds that we invite women on odd-numbered years men on even-numbered years. Email email@example.com with your pick.
Entry includes: A great race, ENDracing swag (latex caps and t-shirts for swimmers), post race meal, shuttle services from/to the finish line, finisher tags for all solo swimmers. Prizes for top finishers. Overall winner will receive free entry into next year's race.
More Details: Course Book (updated periodically)
|Aug 1 2018 - Jan 2 2019||Jan 3 - May 31 2019*|
|Own Support||ENDracing Support**||Own Support||ENDracing Support**|
|$50 per person||NA||$50 per person||NA|
*Online registration closes 23:59:59 May 31. No race-day registration.
|2018||18 solo, 1 relay team||All years||Wes||Diego, Mike (prerace), John, Jessica, Sam||WDAZ|
|2017||14 solo, 2 relay teams||All years||Wes||Arlo||Main Street (listen; use << arrows to navigate to May 2017)|
|2016||28 solo||All years||Wes||Tara, Larry, Chris, tortuga||Main Street, Dan Hammer Show, Laker & Pioneer|
|All years||Wes||KVRR||OWS Daily News, Grand Forks Herald, Main Street, KVRR|
1 relay team
|All years||Photos, Photo slideshow||Tim, Leonard, Suzie||Post and Courier|
|All years||Wes, Molly||Gr8 Outdoors piece, Tara||Lisa, Jen|
7 solo paddlers
4 doubles paddlers
|All years||Photos||Studio One||Racer Feedback, Leonard, Darren|
|Additional information at http://openwaterpedia.com/index.php?title=END-WET.|