Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test (END-WET)

TBD June 2022, 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.

Click here if you are interested in volunteering.


Date:  June 2022

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.

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More Details: Course Book (updated periodically)


  Before Apr 1 2021 Apr 1-31 2021 May 1-31 2021*
Solo - Closed for 2021 Own Support $200 $225 $250
ENDracing Support $350 $375 $400
Team of two - Closed for 2021   $150 $150 $150
Team of 3-5 - Closed for 2021   $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
2021 18 solo All years     

AbbyLuke, Sarah, Marian, D'ArcyArlo


2020 Canceled          
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

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

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.