Maryland Freedom Swim

Maryland Freedom Swim 2019-03-11T13:41:16-04:00

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Let’s go for a swim! Who hasn’t driven over the Frederick C Malkus Jr bridge (Choptank River Bridge) on Route 50 and wondered what it would be like to swim from one side to the other? Well if you are one of THOSE folks, the Maryland Freedom Swim is a race for you.

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, swim between the bridges from the Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park on the Talbot County side to the Sailwinds Park beach access point (near the Dorchester Visitor Center) on the Dorchester County side. This 1.7-mile trip across the Choptank River will be supported by paddle craft, motor craft and the US Coast Guard.


Make no mistakes about it, this is not for the inexperienced swimmer. This straight course may sound simple but the Choptank River is a flowing body of water and swimmers will be navigating around/through two bridges. Participants must show proof of open water swimming experience (triathlon, open water swim events, etc) or that you have successfully completed a ONE MILE POOL SWIM in ONE HOUR.

This is a great tune-up race for the Bay Swim, the Ocean Games, and especially the Eagleman 70.3 Ironman Maryland triathlon.

Water temperature is expected to be in the upper 60s to mid-70s, Fahrenheit. Swimmers will be required to wear a wetsuit.

A portion of the proceeds from this race will go to the Shore Rivers organization as well as the Water Safety program for third graders at the Dorchester Family YMCA.

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See a list of all the 2019 Dorchester County, Maryland endurance events — running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon.

Maryland Freedom Swim - Dorchester County