June 17 2023, 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!
Previous (and awesome) guest swimmers have been Karen Zemlin, Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller. Email email@example.com with your pick.
Click here if you are interested in volunteering. If you are local and want to paddle for a swimmer, go here and set your own rate.
Date: June 17 2023
Cap: TBA 2023
- 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 Karen Zemlin, Bridgette Hobart Janeczko, Daniel O'Kane, Elaine Howley, Jeff Utsch, Sarah Thomas, Annaleise Carr, Jen Schumacher, and Darren Miller.
Entry includes: A great race, ENDracing swag (latex caps and t-shirts for swimmers), post race meal for swimmers and volunteers, and finisher tags for all solo swimmers. Overall winner will receive free entry into next year's race.
More Details: Course Book (updated periodically)
Facebook event 2023 (if that's your jam)
Big Change 2023: ENDracing will not be providing paddlers this year--please have your paddler identified before signing up.
Marathon Swimmers Forum 2023 thread <-- go here to look for a support paddler or a swimmer to support
|Before Mar 16 2021||Mar 16 - Apr 30 2021||May 1-31 2021*|
|Solo - Click Here to Register||Own Support**||$220||$245||$275|
|Team of two - Click Here to Register||$150||$150||$150|
|Team of 3-5 - Click Here to Register||$50 per person||$50 per person||$50 per person|
*Online registration closes 23:59:59 May 31. No race-day registration.
- 2022 - Jamie Proffitt - 8:32 **New Course Record**
- 2021 - Sarah Thomas - 13:04
- 2020 - No race took place due to COVID-19
- 2019 - Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist - 9:21
- 2018 - Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist - 9:40
- 2017 - Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist - 10:33
- 2016 - Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist - 10:44
- 2015 - Sarah Thomas - 9:43
- 2014 - Kevin Kopplin - 8:38
- 2013 - Karen Zemlin - 6:58 (27 miles)
- 2012 - Darren Miller - 9:11 (27 miles)
|2022||15 Solo||All Years||Lauren, Emily||Central Oregon Daily News|
|2021||18 solo||All years|
|2020||Canceled - Covid|
|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.|