Only a Few Days Left to Register for Barnegat Light Ocean Mile Swim

By David Biggy | Jul 24, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Barnegat Light — Yes, the Barnegat Light Beach Patrol’s Ocean Mile Swim is still set for Saturday, July 27, and, yes, there’s still time to register. But that window of opportunity to be among the competition field has dwindled.

Online registration – – will continue through 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, with no race-day registration this year. The registration fee is $30 per swimmer. Competitors must check in at the 16th Street beach from 12 to 6 p.m. on race day. Wetsuits are prohibited.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a short run at the 30th Street beach. Once in the water, swimmers follow a rectangle-like course from south to north, along with the typical summertime current. The swim ends at 16th Street, culminating with another short run to the finish line.

At the start of the event, two groups will be launched three minutes apart – one heat consisting of male competitors, the second for female competitors. The second group of swimmers will have three minutes docked from their overall time.

An awards celebration takes place on the beach following the race. The top three male and female age-group finishers receive medals in a variety of age groups. The top three overall finishers receive plaques, as does a team champion, determined by place results of the top four swimmers for a team organization, which can include but are not limited to beach patrols, swim clubs, high schools or colleges.

Additional details of note are: the parking ban on Central Avenue is temporarily lifted for the Ocean Mile Swim, so competitors and spectators can be comfortable about parking on the road without worry of being ticketed; check in is at the 30th Street beach, not the 16th Street beach as has been the case in previous years; and water stations will be available at the finish, so competitors should bring refillable water containers.

All race information is located on the registration website. Questions can be emailed to the race director at—D.B.


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