Have Questions? Please Contact Us

Email Us at PelusoOpenWater@gmail.com

To The Bridge and Back

October 3, 2015

Upper James River
American Legion Post 354
4800 Welby Turn
Midlothian, VA 23113

Kayak Support Rules

  • Escort Kayakers will be provided to 10-mile racers.
  • Race personnel will serve as safety kayakers and paddle boarders and will patrol the entire race course.
  • Discounted entry is available for 5-Miler racers who provide their own kayaker but it is not requried.
  • All kayakers must wear a USCG approved personal flotation device at all times when on the water.
  • Swimmers may receive the following assistance from the escort:
    • The escort may assist the swimmer with navigation, including verbal and written communication.
    • Food or drink may be passed from escort to swimmer as long as deliberate contact is not made between the two.
  • There will be a floating aid station with hydration/nutrtion at the 1.5, 3.5, 6.5 and 8.5 mile mark. Atheltes may take any assistance needed at this station, however, no intentional contact with the aid station is permitted.
  • Swimmers shall not be assisted by escort craft as follows:
    • Swimmers shall not receive flotation or propulsion from any escort craft nor make intentional contact with any craft.
    • Drafting (swimmer swimming directly behind the escort) shall not be permitted when other open water is readily available.
  • Escort boats shall not obstruct other swimmers in the race.
  • There will be Race Officials on the course to enforce these rules. The ruling of the Race Official is final, there is no appeal process.