Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test (END-WET)

June 20 2020, Grand Forks, ND

Race Summary:

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!

 Previous (and awesome) guest swimmers have been Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller. Email hello@endracing.com with your pick.

Details: 

Date:  June 20, 2020

Cap:  Race limited to 40 solo swimmers and 10 teams.

Categories: 

  • 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 Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller.

We are accepting nominations for guest swimmer for 2020--see the call for 2016 nominations. Tradition holds that we invite women on odd-numbered years and men on even-numbered years. Email hello@endracing.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. Overall winner will receive free entry into next year's race.

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More Details: Course Book (updated periodically)

Registration

  Before Dec 1 2019 Dec 1 2019 - Mar 31 2010 Apr 1 - May 31 2020*
Register Solo Own Support $200 $225 $250
ENDracing Support $350 $375 $400
Register Team of 2   $150 $150 $150
Register Team of 3-5   $50 per person $50 per person $50 per person

*Online registration closes 23:59:59 May 31. No race-day registration.
**Support fee goes directly to local volunteer support paddlers, we don't take a cut.
Refund Policy

Past Races:

Year Racers Results Photos Videos Race Reports Press
2020 Roster          
2019 11 solo All years        
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
2015

27 solo
3 relay teams

All years Wes KVRR   OWS Daily News, Grand Forks Herald, Main Street, KVRR
2014 23 solo
1 relay team
All years PhotosPhoto slideshow   Tim, Leonard, Suzie Post and Courier
2013

25 solo
2 relay teams
8 solo paddlers
3 doubles paddlers

All years WesMolly Gr8 Outdoors pieceTara LisaJen  
2012 12 solo
3 teams
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.

Profits from this event--and all ENDracing events--will help support Ground Up Adventures, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based on North Dakota dedicated to helping kids get as much adventure as we wished we had growing up.