Against the Tide Cape Cod – Participant Logistics

As Saturday is fast approaching, we’d like to make our participants aware of the following logistics for the 20th annual Against the Tide 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 location.  Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by Five Star Bus Company 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.  For those participants who will be bringing their own paddle boards or kayaks, you may drop them off at the Flax Pond bus stop area with volunteer, Kathy Kellogg, before continuing on to available parking.  Please clearly label your personal paddle board or kayak.


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 or family member who wants to join you, please bring them along.

All swim, aquathon, paddle board, and kayak 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 swim, aquathon, paddle board,  and kayak participants 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 Worcester YWCA.

Kayak and paddle board participants should check-in at the kayak/paddle board registration table (located under the water safety tent on the beach) to confirm your arrival, sign a waiver, and receive further instructions.  Please do not use any kayaks or paddle boards unless you have been directed by the water safety team.

Athlete Support

Please see the following schedule:

  • 7:35 am Warm up stretches
  • 7:45 am National Anthem by CodComm’s Lori Lori
  • 8:00 am Start for Competitive Swim, 5K/10K runs and Aquathon
  • 8:05 am Start for Walk
  • 9:00 am Start for Paddleboard
  • 9:45 am Start for Recreational Swim
  • 10:45 am Start for Kayak

There will be volunteers stationed at water stops along the walk/run route as well as on the beachfront for all water component participants.

Aquathon participants may store their personal belongings in the transition area located on the beach.

We invite all participants to join us for the National Anthem on the beach at 7:45 am and enjoy refreshments from all our wonderful beach sponsors before and/or after your event participation.


Podium 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 overall in the 1-mile competitive swim, 5K and 10K runs, and aquathon events. Additionally, top age group finisher awards can be picked up at the registration tent near the t-shirts.  Timing information and age group placement is available at the kiosks near the run start. 

There will also be a raffle drawing for a Heron 11XT Kayak, generously donated by Goose Hummock.  Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Mural of Honor table during the event and a drawing will take place at 11 am. For a complete list of incentive prizes at Against the Tide in Brewster, please visit

MBCC is excited to see all our Against the Tide participants, and we hope that everybody enjoys their time on the beach on the morning of August 17th.

If you have any questions, please contact the MBCC office at 617-376-6222 or  In addition, you can visit our Frequently Asked Questions page:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire MBCC team, we thank you for your support in helping us toward our goal of breast cancer prevention. We could not do this important work without you!