Meters for Mike

The Meters for Mike swim commemorates Michael Heaney and raises funds to support victims of brain trauma. It attracts several-hundred swimmers and is popular with many college and high-school teams in the area. Despite the huge turnout, organizers keep the event running smoothly.

When, what, where
Sep 15, Saturday, 8:30 AM; 1.5 km; Atlantic Ocean; Belmar, NJ (Boardwalk at 9th Ave).
See also
Event's website.
Registration
Register on the boardwalk at 9th Avenue. Early online registration is available and offers a small discount. Check-in and race-day registration open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:10 AM.
Parking
Find free parking on nearby streets. (Ocean-side of Ocean Avenue has meters).
Restrooms
Public restrooms are on the boardwalk at 11th Avenue. Portable toilets are provided nearby at 10th Avenue, and more public restrooms are at 8th Avenue. Beach shower at 11th Avenue beach.
Bags
Leave bag on beach at 11th Avenue, near finish and registration.
Wetsuits
Permitted, not popular.
Start
Start at 10th Avenue beach. Five waves plunge at intervals of three minutes (college-age males, college-age female, pre-college males, pre-college females, all swimmers 23 and over). Running start from beach into surf.
Course
Three large buoys mark a hook-shaped course mostly parallel to the shoreline. From the start, swim straight out to the first buoy and make a right-shoulder, ninety-degree turn. Swim south to the farthest buoy, which is south of the finish. At the second buoy, make a right-shoulder, hairpin turn. Next, head back north towards the third and final buoy off 11th Avenue beach. At the third buoy, make a left-shoulder and then swim straight to the finish. The buoys can be tricky to spot. Sight off of the lifeguards on paddle boards along the course. On approach to the last buoy, look for the lime-green finish arch on the beach.
Finish
Finish at 11th Avenue beach. Running finish from surf onto beach and into timing chute. Finish is adjacent to registration, beach shower, and refreshments.
Timing
Electronic chip with ankle strap. Body marking. Time clock.
Amenities
T-shirt, cap. Bagels with cream cheese and butter, granola bars, fruit, water.
Inception
2012
Last wet-feet review
2017