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Swim for GT Bay

Celebrate clean, healthy water in Grand Traverse Bay with one of the region’s only point-to-point open water swim events on Saturday, August 13, 2016, to benefit The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, a non-profit that works to protect the Bay and its 1,000-square-mile watershed.

The 2-mile bay swim begins at Greilickville Harbor Park in Elmwood Township and ends at Volleyball Beach, in beautiful downtown Traverse City. An after-party with food, beverages, games and entertainment will follow next door at Clinch Park. 

Whether you’re a serious swimmer looking for a timed event, a triathlete wanting to practice in open water, a recreational swimmer setting a personal goal for your swimming or someone who is passionate about water quality and making a difference locally, the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay is an exciting, challenging and fun celebration of clean and healthy water in our region.


The Swim for Grand Traverse Bay, a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event presented nationally by Toyota, aims to strengthen our community’s connection to Grand Traverse Bay and its watershed. For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, visit



8 a.m. Saturday, August 13, 2016

Swimmer Timing Results

Swimmer Registration Fee

All registered participants receive an event t-shirt, swim cap, professionally-timed results, entrance to the post-race after-party and entertainment. Register by July 21 to guarantee t-shirt size.

Fundraising Requirement
$150 via Crowdrise. Fundraising minimum is required to swim. Please do not register unless you can make this commitment.

ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS AT 11:59 PM AUGUST 11. YOU CAN REGISTER IN PERSON at packet pick-up from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 12 at The Watershed Center office at 13272 S. West Bay Shore Dr. or event morning from 7-7:40 a.m.

Swimmers may form teams of up to 6 members to collectively meet the fundraising requirements. For example, if your team has 6 swimmers, the team must raise $900 to qualify for the Swim.

Support Kayak Registration Fee

There is no fundraising requirement for kayakers who serve solely as support for an individual swimmer. All swimmers are encouraged to have a support kayak. Swimmers under the age of 18 are required to have a support kayak. Registered support kayakers receive an event t-shirt, optional kayak safety training, entrance to post-race after-party and entertainment. Register by July 21 to guarantee t-shirt size.


Prizes will be awarded for top finishers and fundraising.



Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Swim for Grand Traverse Bay to benefit The Watershed Center and the Grand Traverse Baykeeper® program, presented nationally by Toyota and locally by these major sponsors:



We greatly appreciate all of our sponsors!

Packet Pick-up 
Online registration    closes          
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Thank you to

our Sponsors