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Sunday June 3, 2018
The Washington's Crossing is a race across the Potomac River beginning when swimmers board a Potomac
Riverboat water taxi and cruise to the western point of the river where Alexandria, Virginia, Maryland and
Washington DC intersect at Jones Poinr. From there, jump in the river, and begin the race with a water start.
At the sound of the starting horn, swimmers will travel approximately 2.3 kilometers back on a well marked
course, to the National Harbor beach lagoon to be greeted by the sculpture, the Awakening. Washington's
Crossing is limited to 250 swimmers. Make history and register now!
|Potomac River Water temp:
Expected to be about 70F
Wet suits are optional, but
will not be scored in official
Swim Across the Potomac
|Welcome to the 2018 7th Annual
Washington's Crossing: Swim Across the Potomac River
Sunday June 3, 2018
Congratulations to everybody who participated in the 2016 Washington's Crossing and
making it the most successful crossing in history.
Thank you to all the individuals who gave their time and expertise in creating a fantastic event for all the
swimmers. Please support their organizations and businesses:
Volunteer paddlers and helpers
Strive 2 Tri Youth Triathlon Club, Taurus Nelson
Tours of Scandal, Murder and Intrigue!, Ed Moser
DC Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Cheryl and Jeff
Washington Canoe Club
PLANETDK Multimedia, DK Williams
Team Red White and Blue
Potomac Riverboat Company
US Coast Guard
District of Columbia MPD Harbor Patrol
The WaveOne Team
Anne, Michele, Mervyn, Matt, Gerald, Amos, Justin, Janet, Jeff, Tom, and Susan
Race Concept: Washington's Crossing: Swim Across the Potomac inspires and satisfies the natural draw and
challenge of people to swim across a body of water from one bank to the other. As long as people have
known how to swim, they have looked across a lake, river, bay, even ocean, and longed to jump in and swim
to the other side. Fast becoming a capital of open water swimming, the Nation’s Capital plays host to a swim
that allows swimmers of all abilities to meet a new personal quest. National Harbor is the perfect venue to
provide the launching point for such an exhilarating event. Similar swim crossings regularly sell out and with a
limited number of entries available, we expect the same. Washington's Crossing is destined to be a nationally
recognized swim growing in prestige and attendance commensurate with our Nation’s Capital.
Awesome video of the 2015 Washington's Crossing from DK Williams of PLanetDK
|Ladies Lead Field of Swimmers Across the Potomac
Katie Soltis became Queen of the Potomac finishing the 2017 Washington's Crossing first
overall without a wetsuit in 27:37.3. Saleh Dean, 14, touched the National Harbor dock first overall of all
swimmers in a time of 25:41.3. 128 swimmers charted a course that compensated for a significant
downstream current on a beautiful 75 degree day. This year's crossing included swimmers from ages 10 to 73.
Ten year old Joshua Donovan from team Shark Tank, out touched his father, Patrick, for 31st place in 33:21.6.
Better luck next year, Patrick! Many PR's dotted the aquatic landscape, notably Susan Kasimer finishing 6
minutes faster than last year with a time of 35:35.1. Mary Schade carved a wake on her way to first
septaugenarian in 51:26. Tom Hull was spotted passing Amelie Island without a wetsuit on the way to a time
of 34:19. Tears of joy flooded the Potomac as Paula Hughes achieved her long time goal of completing the
Crossing with a time of 1:25:42. Swimmers travelled from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as
Colorado to swim into the history books. Congratulations to all the swimmers and thank you to their families
for supporting them in completing this year's Washington's Crossing.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Swim Distance: 2.3K (1.4 Miles)
Course Map here>>
6:50 AM - Check in opens
7:30 AM - Check In closes
7:40 AM - Mandatory safety
8:00 AM - Potomac
Riverboats depart National
8:30 AM Race start in
Potomac River at Jones Point,
$65 Early Bird online until 1/3
$80 online until 4/25
$90 online until Sat 6/1 6PM
$100 online until 7:15AM race day
$50 Ages 18 & Under Early Bird
$55 Ages 18 & Under after 1/3
$55 Ages 18 & Under after 4/25
$65 Ages 18 & Under after 6/1
Check in Location:
North Cove/Commercial Pier
165 Water Street, National
Harbor, MD 20745
Maximum number of
swimmers is 250.
Race director reserves the
right to adjust start times for
weather or river conditions.