• Swim Event

Open Water Swim Festival to Honor Our Veterans

Bring your family and friends to support you!

Please join us Saturday, July 13, 2019  at Wellington State Park, on beautiful Newfound Lake, in Bristol, NH, the cleanest lake in the Northeast U.S.A. Enjoy a day of competition, live military demonstrations, music, food, and more. Last year’s event drew over 4,000 attendees.

1K, 5K and 10K Individual Swims

Meet Our U.S. Navy SEALs

Demonstration by the NH National Guard

10K Team Relay Swim

Activities for the Kids

Manchester Police Department K9 vs. Navy Seal K9 Challenge

Music, Food, and Fun For Everyone

Live Military Demonstrations By
U.S. Navy SEALs and K-9 SEAL Unit

See more of photos of the 2018 Swim Event

Swimmer and Volunteer Registration Now Open

All registered swimmers will receive a Swim With A Mission cap and have access to the Swimmers Tent, which will have snacks and beverages. Please note, only swimmers who raise $100 or more, will receive a free t-shirt.

New this year – Swimmers are not required to fundraise, but are strongly encouraged. If you choose to fundraise through our site, you will be eligible for the following:

  • Complimentary event T-shirt for any individual who raises at least $100*
  • Complimentary Swim With A Mission hat or drawstring bag for any individual who raises at least $500*
  • Complimentary bottle of Single Barrel Jack Daniels made specifically for the Navy SEALs OR a signed Navy SEAL flag for any individual who raises at least $1000*
  • 2 Tickets for VIP reception on Friday July 12th for any individual who raises at least $5000*

*Based on individual totals as of 6/26/19 on your fundraising page which will include checks submitted in person or by mail.

Race Day Details

For Saturday, July 13, 2019


  • 10k Relay (Teams of 3-5 swimmers)  **New Course**
  • 10k individual swim
  • 5k individual swim
  • 1k individual swim

Swimmer Qualifications

  1. In good health and capable of making the swim distance
  2. Strong enough swimmer to hold a consistent pace (based on 100 yards) of 1:50 or better
  3. Committed to supporting our veterans and designated charities
  4. Each relay team will have at least 3 swimmers, but no more than 5
  5. Fundraising is not required, but highly encouraged! To further motivate our swimmers, there will be fundraising incentives…details coming soon!

Recognition & Awards

  • The top overall fundraising relay team will get special recognition.
  • The top fundraising individual swimmer will also get special recognition.
  • Official Swim With A Mission Awards will be presented to the following finishers: top 3 in the men’s and woman’s individual categories and top 3 relay teams.

USAT Wetsuit Rules

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.

Swim Route

  • All swim races will begin and end at Wellington State Park.
  • Map coming soon!

Swim With A Mission Schedule

Coming Soon!

Day of Event Parking

Coming Soon!

Kayak, SUP and Boat Captain Rules

Safety is our #1 concern!

We depend on all swimmers, kayakers, boat captains and volunteers to know and follow the safety rules at all times.

  • Boats will be driven at headway speed and maintain a safe distance from the swimmers and kayakers/stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).  We recommend 15 – 20 feet.
  • All participants in a boat will follow the instructions of the boat captain and be vigilant in getting in and out of the boats.
  • Kayakers and SUPs that are escorting swimmers will remain 5 – 10 feet from the swimmers and act as the navigator to help keep the swimmers on the course.
  • Boat captains and kayakers/SUPs that are supporting the swimmers will be vigilant to deter spectator boats from driving into or through the swim course.
  • Each kayaker/SUP will either be assigned to a specific swimmer or be given a part of the swim course to patrol.

Kayakers/SUPs should come to the race prepared:

  • Dress in layers to account for a colder start and warmer temperatures later in the day
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun
  • Must have their own kayak or SUP
  • Bring a cell phone in a plastic bag.  We will provide you with an emergency cell phone number to call if there is a problem or if you have questions
  • Bring 2 life preservers, one for you and one for any potential swimmer that needs a rescue
  • Food and drink for yourself
  • Bring a cup in case you have to use the bathroom (we are not kidding)
  • If you are assigned to a swimmer, they might ask you to carry food and liquids for them to be administered during the swim.  Please work together with your swimmer to provide them the best assistance.

Volunteer for the Event!

Swim With A Mission takes a village to run, so there are a lot of opportunities to volunteer. On Land (registration, food, merchandise sales, raffles, parking, cleanup, etc), Kayakers (support swimmers along 1K, 5K and 10K routes) and Boat Captains/Safety Boats. We are also looking for Photographers and Videographers who are willing to volunteer their services.

Volunteers Get a Free T-Shirt — Mens and Women’s sizing SM-2XL

Race Results from the Swim Events

2018 Results at MillenniumRunning.com|2017 Results at AllSportsEvents.com

Thank you for realizing how important this event is to our Veterans every year. You’re making a difference!