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Chicago Sharkfest® - 2nd Annual
Event Data
Distance: 1 mile

Race date: Sat Aug 8 2015 (tentative)

Start time: 9:00am

Cutoff time: 50 minutes

Water temp:  ~69-70° F
View Current Water Temp Here

Entry fees:
Important Dates
T-shirt for all participants.

Sharkfest Swim award medals to top three individual finishers, male and female, in each age group for all divisions (wetsuit, non-wetsuit and physically challenged) combined.

Personalized award plaques to first place individual finishers, male and female, in each age group for all divisions (wetsuit, non-wetsuit & physically challenged) combined, as well as the first place overall male & female non-wetsuit & physically challenged finishers.

100 XTERRA points to use toward a new XTERRA wetsuit or any other XTERRA product to the first place overall male & female finishers.
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Current Local Area Weather
Sharks in Lake Michigan? We call them “loan sharks”. Let’s face it, there are sharks everywhere. The Chicago Sharkfest Swim will be a 1-Mile triangular shaped course in Lake Michigan starting and finishing at the Ohio Street Beach next to Olive Park. Anticipated water temperature should be in the low-mid 70’s. Swim start will be on the beach in waves of 50 swimmers each. The swim waves are self-seeded based on ability (fastest to slowest) with 2 minutes between waves. There will be life guards in kayaks, paddleboards, and boats on the entire route. Spectators will be able to walk along the top of sea wall to observe the swim. Post event festivities will take place at the grassy area behind the beach.

PLEASE NOTE: This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes.

Race Packets
(containing swim cap, timing chip, & t-shirt) are picked up on race day morning. Full details on this pick-up will be included in the ENTRANT NEWSLETTER, which will be e-mailed to all paid participants and posted on this web page approximately two to three weeks prior to the event. If you did not submit a valid e-mail address when registering for this event, please notify us at info@envirosports.com.

Access the beach by leaving Lake Shore Drive from North or South at Grand/Illinois exit and going toward the lake. Park at Navy Pier.

Parking will be at Navy Pier.

Official Event Charity/Beneficiary

Event Supporters
Connie's Pizza will be donating pizza to the athletes on race day.
Caffe Oliva will be offering 20% off brunch as well as $5 mimosas and bloody mary's after the race.
WBBM Newsradio

Fleet Feet Sports will be offering $10 wetsuit rentals on race day morning. Read more about their special offers in the ENTRANT NEWSLETTER.
Course Map (Click map to enlarge)
Travel & Accommodations
W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel (Event HQ Hotel) 888-627-9034
644 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Enviro-Sports Sharkfest® Partners
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