The Metro Boston Against the Tide event will be held at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 21st. The Cape Cod Against the Tide event will be held at DCR’s Nickerson State Park on Saturday, August 16th (click here for directions to either event). Please scroll down for a description of the event components.
Our 1 mile swim event consists of your choice of either a competitive or recreational heat. Swimmers have the option of doing just the swim or doing the Aquathlon and transitioning into the 5K or 10K run directly after the competitive swim. All swimmers will be in proximity to a safety kayak should the need for help arise. A time clock is available on the beach at both events for all swimmers to be timed, and all swimmers’ times will be captured by event officials and listed on our website post-event. It is important that you check in with our event officials managing these clocks in order to ensure that they have captured your time.
There are a number of complimentary kayaks available to our participants by our generous sponsors. This is a very popular event, however, and kayaks are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Boating in Boston is our Hopkinton kayak sponsor and Goose Hummock is our Cape Cod kayak sponsor. After all the complimentary kayaks have been reserved, you will need to bring your own kayak (we can provide assistance in loading/unloading). We encourage anyone who has their own kayak to bring it for their own use.
Our 3 mile walk in both Hopkinton and Brewster is held on paved, stroller- and wheelchair-friendly roadways within each of the state parks.
Our 5K runs in both Hopkinton and Brewster are either competitive or recreational, although all runners are timed, and results will be posted after the event. These runs take place on stroller- and wheelchair-friendly paved roadways within each of the state parks. The routes are clearly marked.