The Inaugural Washington DC Sharkfest Swim, an open water swim event, benefiting Special Olympics International, will be hosted at the National Harbor. This amazing venue is the perfect spot for any organization’s first open water swim, or its hundredth. The course is just right for first time and novice open water swimmers as the National Harbor provides a very calm and protected swim area. There will be three distances: 1Km, 2Km and 4Km. All three distances will start and finish off the Pier at the National Harbor. Staggered starts allow participants to swim both the 4Km & 1Km, or both the 2Km & 1Km. Athlete check-in, race day registration and awards ceremony will take place at National Harbor Plaza. National Harbor is a unique waterfront wonderland with the Capital Wheel and The Awakening (art sculpture) and will be a fun spot to bring the whole family to enjoy time together after the swim.
Special Olympics International is a worldwide organization which gives people with intellectual disabilities a chance to demonstrate their abilities, determination and value through sport. The DC location of Sharkfest is particularly important because the organization was founded in the Washington, DC suburbs in 1968 by Eunice Shriver. The movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified partners in over 170 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 competitions throughout the year.