ISHOF Fran Crippen SafeSwim 1 Mile Dash for Cash – May 7, 2011

ISHOF Fran Crippen SafeSwim 1 Mile Dash for Cash

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Saturday, May 7, 2011



The International Swimming Hall of Fame will host a Centennial Celebration of Fort Lauderdale’s Famous Beach and International Swimming & Diving Heritage from Friday May 6 to Sunday May, 9, 2011.  The weekend’s events will include a ceremony and dinner with Prince Albert of Monaco, a Swimming Community Outreach effort to promote Water Safety for Families, and a Guinness World Record dive attempt into 12” of water by Professor Splash.

As part of the effort to promote water safety, the ISHOF is introducing the Fran Crippen SafeSwim event in celebration of the late, great open water swimmer who passed away in a race in Dubai, UAE last October.  Fran’s family and friends in the swim community are eager to commemorate his legacy and teach swimmers the importance of being safe while swimming in the open water.  As part of the festival, there will be a 10 kilometer and 1 mile race as well as a swim clinic to take place on Saturday, May 7th, 2011. The 1 Mile Dash for Cash Race will be open to all USA Swimming, US Masters, or USA Triathlon registered athletes, with an adequate and documented 500 yard swim time.  This will be followed by the World Professional Open Water 10K Race that is reserved for elite athletes and by invitation only.  Following the 10K race, there will be a free open water swim clinic for all all USA Swimming, US Masters, or USA Triathlon registered athletes at the Festival with a basic level of comfort in open water.

Fran Crippen Safe Swim 1 Mile Dash for Cash Race

The 1 Mile Race will take place off the Fort Lauderdale Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.  The course will be a straight one mile course both starting out of the water and finishing out of the water on the beach.   All participants will receive a timing chip, and there will be video backup for the race as well.  This race will be capped at 600 swimmers, and participants will be required to submit a 500 yard swim time.


Saturday, May 7

7:30am – Registration for Race – Alexander Park on SE 5 Street and A1A across the Street from Fort Lauderdale Beach. Transportation to the race start will be provided immediately proceeding the pre-race meetin.

8:55am – Mandatory pre-race meeting for all participants to review final race instructions, race course, and safety protocol.

9:30am – Race Start

11:00am – The World Professional Open Water 10K Race

2:00pm – Open Water Swim Clinic



Register online for the 1 Mile Dash for Cash and for the Open Water Swim Clinic.  When registering online, you may select to only register for the 1 Mile Race, or both the race and the clinic.

Online Registration - $30.00 up until 12:00pm on Thursday, May 5, 2011.


** There will be no race day registration **

If you would only like to register for the Open Water Swim Clinic, but not the 1 Mile Race, please send an email to by Thursday, May 5, 2011.


Bathrooms and change rooms located at the Hall of Fame Pool across the street from

Alexander Park, two port-a-potties will also be located in Alexander Park.

Athlete recovery area located at Alexander Park amongst the shade of the trees, drinks and food will be provided, awards presented on stage at Alexander Park, food concessions also available at the park.

There will be parking available at Hall of Fame swimming complex 50 meters from Alexander Park and South Beach Parking Complex 200 meters from Alexander Park.


Race Course- swimmers must stay within 50 meters of shore. Any swimmer outside the 50 meter line will be disqualified.

Safety concerns require us to ensure that every participant in the race has adequate swim experience; thus we have set certain qualifying standards for participation in the Dash for the Cash:

Time to Complete 500 yard swim:

  • Under 5:30 seconds
  • 5:30 – 6:29
  • 6:30 – 7:29
  • 7:30 – 8:29

Start Area- swimmers wearing timing chips, race numbers, designated swim caps and wristlets will enter fenced starting pen. An official will retain numbered wristlet (to be cut from wrist) to determine who is starting in each group. At start signal, swimmers run into the water and round the yellow buoy, and then proceed south for the one mile distance.

Buoys – Turn buoys will be in yellow, one at the start and one at the finish and must be right shoulder turns; guide buoys will be bright orange, positioned approximately every 200 meters.

Finish Area – Swimmers round the final yellow buoy keeping the buoy on the right shoulder, swim to shore and run out of the water into the finish chute. Timing chips are activated when the swimmer runs past the finish line.

Permitted Race Day Parameters – 85°F max / Water Temperature / Air Temperature 100° max / Wind / Surf


Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue will provide a minimum of 22 trained professional safety personal for the 1 mile course.  More personal will be called on as numbers require.  Lifeguard towers are positioned approximately every 800 feet along the shoreline (a certified EMT lifeguard is positioned at every other town) and EMS services are within minutes of the scene.  Race officials and referees will man boats and jet skis to patrol the course, and be equipped with radio to contact other safety personal as needed.

The decision will be made by the Safety Office to cancel or postpone the race for one day to Sunday, May 8th, 2011 due to weather conditions.


Swimmers in distress- Raise arm if able, to signify assistance is needed. All vessels, jet skis and lifeguards can respond accordingly. If swimmer is to be evacuated to the beach, lifeguard assistance will prevail.

If a swimmer voluntarily removes him or herself from the water, he/she must report to the nearest lifeguard tower for identification.

A medical tent mainly for resting and tired swimmers will be located in Alexander Park. Swimmers needing emergency medical care will be administered to by Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue personnel.

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