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South Padre Island Open Water Festival

Start: Nov 05, 2016 End: Nov 06, 2016 Pier 19 • 1 Padre Boulevard + Google Map Website

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Open Water Planet takes over South Padre Island, the Sandcastle Capital of the World, the first weekend in November this fall. A weekend full of activities include a kids 500 yrd sprint, a one mile open water bay swim, a 5 kilometer open water bay swim, a special screening of the Olympic movie “The Last Gold”, OWP Vendor Village and much much more.

All in a festival style atmosphere that offers the opportunity to compete in some of the cleanest water in the country ** and enjoy all of the amazing activities that South Padre Island has to offer.

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“Hosting an event like this in South Padre Island is such a great opportunity to promote open water swimming and competitive swimming to a community that is very supportive to our sport. This is a city completely surrounded by water, swimming and water based sports in general, are a way of life for everyone in this area. We are excited to bring a unique event like this to South Padre Island.”   – Rowdy Gaines

Olympian, NBC Olympic Commentator, SPI OWF Master of Ceremonies



Kids Dash  (500 yrds)     12 & Under   Before 10/1/16  $30    After 10/1/16  $35


Includes race entry, swim cap, entry to The Last Gold movie event, kids gift bag


Youth 1 Mile or Youth 5k    18 & Under    Before 10/1/16  $50  After 10/1/16  $60    


Includes race entry,  event swim cap, t-shirt, entry to The Last Gold movie event,  youth gift bag


Adult 1 Mile or Adult 5k     19 & Up      Before 10/1/16  $75     After 10/1/16   $85  


Includes race entry,  event swim cap, t-shirt, entry to all OWF weekend events and gift bag



This 1 mile and 5k race will take place on the bay side of South Padre Island, with the start and finish line located alongside Pier 19. This is a 1 or 4 lap rectangular course and a 10 minute warm up is allowed before the race begins. This will be an in water start and in water finish with the start gun going off at 9am sharp. Average water temperature on the bay side at that time of year ranges between 71 and 74 degrees. Athletes will be given a plastic bag with a race chip and assigned number at race check-in. Please use these bags for any personal belongings that will be left on shore during the event. There will be a “safe place” for these bags.

Pre-swimming in the bay along Pier 19 property is prohibited outside of scheduled days/hours and is subject to trespassing ticketing. KOA, Pier 19 and Open Water Planet are not responsible for any accidents that occur outside of pre-scheduled event hours.


Course maps are tentative and subject to change due to weather, boat traffic, better or safer routes or any number of reasons.

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See website for swimming conduct information and FAQ’s.


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