Participant Logistics for Against the Tide in Brewster 8/19

As August 19th is fast approaching, we’d like to make our participants aware of the following logistics for the 18th Statewide Annual Against the Tide Swim, Kayak, Walk, Run and/or Aquathon event at DCR’s Nickerson State Park. Please note that this event takes place rain or shine.

Upon arrival

Parking for the event is not available at Flax Pond for our participants, you will be directed by our Parking Lot Volunteers to an available parking lot location. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by First Student Bus, Inc and pick up/drop off locations will be marked for your convenience. Please allow an additional 20 minutes of travel time to the event for parking and shuttle service. There will be handicapped accessible buses for those who need them.


Participant registration opens at 7:00 AM at the registration tent at the top of the hill at Flax Pond. You will be directed to the top of the hill after exiting the parking lot shuttle. Participants should plan to check-in/register no later than one hour before the first event component they are participating in. Please bring a valid form of ID. We welcome all walk-in registrations, so if you have a friend who wants to join you, please bring them along. You can find directions to DCR’s Nickerson State Park in the attached calendar listing.

All swim, kayak, and aquathon participants must check in at the Water Safety Tent after registration. Swimmers and aquathoners will each receive one swim cap with their bib number. All swimmers, aquathoners, and kayakers will be checked in and out of the water by our Water Safety Team. Brewster Fire & Rescue will provide additional safety support along with lifeguards from DCR State Parks.

Kayak participants should check in at the Kayak registration table to receive your bib, name tag, and further instructions. Borrowed kayaks will be labeled with your name on the beach.  Please do not use a kayak unless your name is on it. If you are bringing your personal kayak to the event, the drop-off location will be on the beach. Please clearly label your personal kayaks. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) is not responsible for personal property on event day.

Athlete Support:

Please see the following schedule for the opening and closing ceremonies, national anthem, event components, and warm-up stretches.

7:5o AM   Warm-up exercises
8:05 AM   National Anthem by Lori Welch, PIXY 103
8:30 AM   Competitive swim, Aquathon, and 5K/10K runs begin
8:50 AM   Recreational walk begins
9:30 AM   Warm-up stretches for recreational swimmers
9:45 AM    Recreational swim begins
10:30 AM  Warm-up stretches for kayakers
10:45 AM   Kayak begins
11:30 AM   Closing ceremony

There will be volunteers stationed at water stops along the walk/run route as well as on the beachfront for swimmers and kayakers.  

Aquathon participants may store their personal belongings in the Transition Tent located next to the Water Safety tent on the beach.

We invite all participants to enjoy refreshments on the beach from all of our wonderful beach sponsors.


Awards will be handed out throughout the morning on the beach. Awards will be presented to our top 3 highest fundraisers and our highest fundraising team, in addition to the fastest male and female participants in the 1-mile competitive swim, 5K and 10K runs and Aquathon events. There will also be a raffle drawing for a Necky Rip 10 Kayak, generously donated by Goose Hummock.  Raffle tickets will be on sale at the event and a drawing will take place at 11AM. For a complete list of incentive prizes at Against the Tide in Brewster, please visit:

MBCC is excited to see all of our Against the Tide participants, and we hope that everybody enjoys their time on the beach on the morning of August 19.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Osimo, Executive Director, at 508-246-3047 or You can also contact Christine Smith, Executive Assistant, at 617-529-4943 or In addition, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, by clicking here.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire MBCC staff, we thank you for your support in helping us toward our goal of breast cancer prevention.

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