Welcome to the Fresh Start Swim Series. It's been a rough last few years for the world and Fresh Start Swim Series is looking to start over, bring fun, laughter, and inspiration back into the lives of our athletes by improving open water swim competitions and making the world a better place. Fresh Start Swim Series is composed of a multitude of events and held at three separate locations, the first of which consists of the run/swim/run, a 2.5k, and a 5k to be held at St. Pete Beach, rated #1 beach in the US and #5 world wide. Lastly and most importantly, the Fresh Start Swim Series is a partnership between two fabulous non-profits; Forgotten Coast K9 enabling our veterans suffering from PTSD with the ability to train their own highest quality service dog and Open Water Open Arms sharing learn to swim education and access to low income families. This race is a fundraising event, there are no deferrals or refunds for any reason, all funds go to race expenses and then directly to the non-profits, you may change events on the same day but we do not refund money for switching to a less expensive race.
Kayakers: Kayaks can be rented through Mary Jo at Sandy Feet Mobile kayaking, (727) 200- 3142 Make sure to tell her you are with the Fresh Start Swim Series. Kayakers must be obtained for the 10k and are highly recommended for the 5k.
Wetsuit policy: Water temp should be between 60-80 degrees, if temperature is 71 and up wetsuits will be allowed, but swimmers wearing wetsuits will not qualify for prizes (unless everyone in their age bracket decides to wear a wetsuit), and if the water is 70.9 or under all swimmers will qualify for the same races regardless of wetsuit status. Please note if you chose not to wear the wetsuit with the water 70.9 or under, you can still race but you may be competing for prizes against those that chose to wear the wetsuit. Unfortunately, because we are a very small race, we cannot have prize categories for wetsuit and non wetsuit groups at this point. We are doing our best to balance the needs of our open water swim community that likes things brisk and the needs of our triathlon community and the rules/conditions they are used to. At this point in time, there is a good chance the water will be cold enough that swimmers wearing wetsuits will qualify for awards.
At Fresh Start Swim Series we have a firm commitment to make the world a better place and we hope you decide to join us.
Please Note ALL TIMES SUBJECT to Change based on weather and conditions.