• Sunday, July 14th 8:00 AM

Swimmers who want to tackle the ocean waves of the Cape Fear shoreline can join in the fun of this annual race that launches from the heart of Carolina Beach. Featuring a 1.5 mile swim into the ocean, this competition that takes place on the sand is always a popular and entertaining event that will engage participants and spectators alike.

The Swim Carolina Beach event launches from the Courtyard Marriott Carolina Beach Oceanfront, which makes it easy to enter or enjoy for visitors staying throughout the Pleasure Island area. During the race, swimmers will launch from the edge of the sand to swim 1.5 miles out into the open ocean, where they will turn a buoy offshore, and then swim parallel before heading back to the beach. The swim direction typically depends on the currents and is decided on race morning, but the finish line at the Marriott remains the same, and spectators are welcome to hit the beach to cheer on their favorites. Competitive and entertaining, this annual race is a great way for active visitors to enjoy a tour of the open ocean, and sample the refreshing warm waters of Carolina Beach. The race starts at 8 a.m., and participants can register online before the event.