Meters for Mike

New for 2018, Meters for Mike relocates to Sea Girt (from Belmar). Details of place are not yet published, and so the notes below will likely need refinement.

The Meters for Mike swim raises funds to support victims of brain trauma in memory of swimmer Michael Heaney. 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; 🌎 Sea Girt, NJ (Boardwalk at Beacon Blvd).
See also
Event's website.
Registration
Register on the boardwalk at Beacon Boulevard, near the pavilion. 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.
Restrooms
There are public restrooms in the pavilion, and portable toilets will be available nearby. Beach showers are adjacent to pavilion.
Bags
Leave bag on beach at Beacon Boulevard, near finish and registration.
Wetsuits
Permitted, not popular.
Start
Start at Beacon Boulevard 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 boot-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. 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 near starting 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