Swim Defiance 2019

Event Information

Swim safety buoys are MANDATORY for this race.
More information about the Swim safety buoys is available on the SAFETY page.

The website will be updated with 2019 Information as soon as it is available!

Swim Defiance offers a chipped timed 3K, chip monitored 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave and a chip timed 5K event;

3K Event Information

5K Event Information

Participants for both events will receive the following:
  • Custom designed participant award
  • Safety monitored and kayak guided ocean swim with a HUGE bright yellow finish arch
  • Brightly colored cap, required for swim
  • FREE post-race celebration with yummy refreshments and fun music


  • 18 years of age or older, as of July 21st, 2019 AND
  • Currently registered with USMS, Canadian, or Foreign Masters
  • Additional $____ 'One Event USMS Registration' fee is available


Current USMS rules will govern this event. Time limits are enforced for both swims: 3K - 2 hours, 5K - 3 hours. Fins, pull buoys, snorkels, mp3 players are examples of items allowed only in the Julie Montiel Friend and Family wave, under USMS rules. To view USMS complete rules for open water events please visit USMS Rules and Regulations at www.usms.org/rules

Race provided caps are required.

Neoprene wetsuits are required, unless swimmer has pre-approval from the safety / race director. Download the Non-Wetsuit cold water swim application and email a completed copy to Zena Courtney, Race director, a minimum of 2 days ahead of the event. Non-Wetsuit Cold Water Swim Application


The website will be updated with 2018 Information as soon as it is available!


Registration opens ______________ .

3K Event 5K Event Comments
Early Bird Special $TBA $TBA ___________ - __________
Online Entries $TBA $TBA ___________ - __________
Day of Race Registration $TBA $TBA July 21st
USMS One Day Registration $__________ $__________

Registration closes Thursday, July 18th 11:59 PM or when the event is full. Maximum number of athletes for Swim Defiance is 300.

USMS One-Event Fee

USMS offers a Swim Defiance One-Event entry fee for $_____ to this USMS Sanctioned event. For $_____ more, enjoy USMS membership for the remainder of the year and MORE USMS insured 2019 Open Water Swims! Membership also includes access to pool events, clinics, coaches and a USMS magazine subscription. Contact PNA registrar Stephanie Hiebert at ravenlou@gmail.com

Cancellation Policy

NO REFUNDS: There will be NO Refunds if these races must be cancelled due to adverse conditions, dangerous waters, or other safety decision or act of God.

Long Sleeve Shirts Available

Race Day Schedule

__________ Swimmer Check in opens
__________ Mandatory swimmer Safety Briefing
__________ 5K Race start
__________ 3K swimmers leave Pt. Defiance to Tahlequah, Vashon Island on board WA State Ferry
__________ 3K Race start and 3K Julie Montiel Friends and Family Wave Race Start
__________ Expected first 5K finisher
__________ Expected first 3K finisher
__________ 3K/5K Swimmer CUT-OFF time


Custom designed participant award and caps to all competitors. FREE drawing for FREE customized prizes for participants and volunteers will be held while waiting for the last competitors to finish. Custom event awards for overall male and female in each event. 1st - 3rd place vintage medals will be presented to men and women in age groups 18 - 24, 25 - 29, ... 80+. Scrumptious post-race refreshments will be available.