“This unique open water swimming event benefits Team Forever, which donates 100% of the 3RMS profit to the Forever Fund,” explains race visionary and organizer Darren Miller.
“The fund benefits local families in need of help to cover the costs associated with infant cardiothoracic surgery at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.”
The 2017 3RMS is open to 15 marathon swimmers. “This will be a solo event only with application available via my website, 3RMS Facebook page and the Marathon Swimmers Forum beginning April 22nd. We will accept applications until we reach our 15-swimmer limit. My dream for this race has always been about building as much camaraderie between swimmers as possible, and not worrying as much about the cost to get you there.
We launch at 7 am with powered escorts, kayaking teams and all crew from Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore, and head over to the Point where swimmers will begin with a water start from the Point State Park Fountain.
I will wait until daybreak for safety reasons, so +/- 7:30 am.
Swimmers will be fed from a designated kayak. Additional supplies (water/supplements) will be on the second kayak.
Should it be required, additional water will be available aboard one of our six powered escort boats (2 per river) which will patrol the course during the entire swim.
Swimmers will have the opportunity to bring a family member/crew if they choose. The crew member can either kayak as a volunteer with the swimmer, or ride aboard one of our roaming escort boats.”
Swimmers will have two kayakers on either side of them at all times during the race.
“Swimmers will swim north, current assist, along 5 km of the Ohio River where they will turn around at Brunot Island, and swim 5 km, against the current, back to the city. Once the swimmers hit the Point State Park 10 km mark, they will begin swimming against the current to the halfway point (15 km) on the Monongahela River, for the Hot Metal Bridge turnaround point Swimmers will return to the starting point once again for the 20 km mark. Swimmers will make the turn around the Point, and head out against the tide of 5 km of the Allegheny River to the 40th Street Bridge, and head back (current assist) the final 5 km to the Point (along the city-side of the Allegheny) the original starting point, for a buoy finish.”
The total distance is 30 km with 10 km in each of the three rivers in Pittsburgh: the Ohio River, the Monongahela River, and the Allegheny River. The water temperature will average 70°F.
“There will be a strict 12-hour time cutoff or a 4-hour pace per 10 km.”
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