Ray Licata Memorial Swim

The swim is postponed until next Saturday, August 25, because of predictions for unsafe surf this Sunday, August 19.

The Ray Licata Memorial Swim in Long Branch has become one of the most popular races along the North Jersey Shore. It is managed well by enthusiastic volunteers and offers easy logistics. For landlubbers who wish to follow the swim's progress, the event offers a littoral walk-along on the boardwalk.

When, what, where
Aug 25, Saturday, 8:00 AM; 1 mi; Atlantic Ocean; 🌎 Long Branch, NJ (Boardwalk subtended by Centennial Dr).
See also
Event's website.
Registration
Register or check-in between 6:30 AM and 7:45 AM on the boardwalk at Centennial Drive, in front of the Pier Village semicircle. Entry fee is discounted with pre-registration through prior Tuesday.
Parking
There is ample street parking in Pier Village near registration. Metering ($3/hour at payment kiosks) and a two-hour limit begin at 10 AM. If you stay beyond noon, you must move your car; tires may be marked with chalk.
Restrooms
There are public restrooms on the boardwalk about two block-lengths north and south of registration, in the public garage on Chelsea Avenue (but may be locked), and (less reliably) on the boardwalk behind the restaurant just south of registration. Expect grunge and clogged toilets from Saturday night's revelers. There are additional bathrooms at the starting beach (assuming the preferred south-to-north course) and along the boardwalk if you choose to walk to the start. There are warm showers on the beach at the finish.
Bags
Leave bag in designated area on boardwalk at registration. Volunteers watch the bag area.
Wetsuits
Permitted, no penalty, not popular.
Start
The swim starts on the beach at Cottage Place one mile south of registration. A bus takes swimmers to the start. Swimmers can also walk the beach or (new) boardwalk to the start. Either way, arrive at the start ready to go; there is no bag wagon. Running start from beach into surf.
Course
(map) The course parallels the shore from Cottage Place northward back to the beach behind registration. Swim out to buoy and turn left; proceed about one mile to last buoy; turn left and head into beach. The course is marked with five orange buoys and passes several rock jetties and a large drain pipe. If a strong current warrants reversing the course, the swim starts one mile north of Chelsea Avenue instead of south.
Finish
Running finish from surf onto beach and into timing chute. Refreshments, showers, and awards on beach at finish. Bags on boardwalk above beach.
Timing
Timing chip, clock.
Amenities
Colored T-shirt, cap. Bagels, oranges, bottled water. Free cup of coffee from the Turning Point coffee shop, catty-corner to registration heading southwest, with your finisher's popsicle stick.
Inception
2005
Last wet-feet review
2018