June 2021, Grand Forks, ND
Canceled in 2020 -- Blog Post
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your pick.
Date: June 2021
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 Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller.
Tradition holds that we invite women on odd-numbered years and men on even-numbered years. This year we have broken from tradition and have invited Sarah Thoms back to join us! Please see this year's Guest Swimmer announcement posted on the blog.
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.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/592436144859118/
More Details: Course Book (updated periodically)
|Before Dec 3 2019||Dec 3 2019 - Mar 31 2010||Apr 1 - May 31 2020*|
|Solo - opens 2021||Own Support||$200||$225||$250|
|Team of two - opens 2021||$150||$150||$150|
|Team of 3-5 - opens 2021||$50 per person||$50 per person||$50 per person|
*Online registration closes 23:59:59 May 31. No race-day registration.
|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|
|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.|