Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge 2019

Saturday 20th July 2019

Ditch Plains Beach: Deforest Road, Montauk, United States

Swimming, 1 Mile, 5K


  • Open water swim-5K - Individual Age group/open
  • Open water swim-1 Mile - Individual Age group/open
  • Open water swim-1/2 Mile - Individual Age group/open
  • Presenting Sponsor - Level 1
  • Event Sponsor - Level 2
  • Supporting Sponsor - Level 3
  • Friend of the Playhouse - Level 4


We are celebrating the 11th Annual Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge on July 20, 2019. The event offers a rare opportunity to swim in an open water ocean race on the beautiful East End of Long Island. Organized by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad, the MOSC benefits the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation in its efforts to build a Cultural Arts and Aquatic Center.

The MOSC offers three distance categories for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The race moves along Montauk’s scenic coastline and concludes at the world-famous Ditch Plains Beach. Over 200 participants and supporters enjoy a post-swim breakfast.

Your support of the MOSC ensures that Montauk's residents and visitors will learn the importance of water safety and fitness in the Playhouse's forthcoming Aquatic Center. 

Please contact to become an event sponsor!

Event details and schedule


Saturday | July 20, 2019

Swim Distances:
½ mile
1 mile

The MPCCF needs your help to build an Aquatic Center in the historic Playhouse! Please ask your friends and family to sponsor your efforts by setting up a personalized sponsorship page through the registration module. For more information, please contact

Course Information:
The race course is in the ocean beyond the break, swimming parallel to the shore line. The 5K will be a loop from Ditch Plains Beach to Nick’s Beach and back. The 1 and ½ mile races will be straight courses. The one mile will start near Terrace Beach, the ½ mile will start west of Ditch Plains Beach (in front of the cliffs – also known as Poles beach). All races end at Ditch Plains Beach. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys.

*Race Director may modify course if dangerous conditions arise.

Wave designations and swim direction will be determined closer to race date subject to weather conditions. Water temperatures expected to range from 66 to 70°F. Chop and currents due to wind, and there is a possibility of flotsam, jetsam and jellyfish along the race course.


Tentative Event Schedule:

Friday, 7/19/19

- 4:00pm: Pre-registration closes on You can still register at Ditch Plains Beach on the morning of the race.


Saturday, 7/20/19

- 5:30am: On-site registration and check-in opens at Ditch Plains Beach
- 6:30am: 5K swimmers begin
- 7:30am: approximate 1 mile start
- 8:00am: approximate ½ mile start
- 9:00am: Medal ceremony and post-race breakfast

We recommend that you arrive at Ditch Plains Beach 30 minutes prior to your race start time. There will be a mandatory race briefing at swim start locations 15 minutes prior to race start time.

*Start times are subject to change. Confirm with race organizers.

Age Range:
Past races have seen participants range in age from 7 years to 85 years.

Skill Level:
The race accommodates beginner to competitive swimmers.

- ½ mile: $25 (advance) | $40 (day of)
- 1 mile: $40 (advance) | $55 (day of)
- 5K: $55 (advance) | $70 (day of)

ONLINE: Register in advance at Race organizers strongly urge swimmers to register online for speed and accuracy. Online registration will remain open until 4:00pm on Friday, July 19, 2019. 

DAY OF: Registration and check-in open at Ditch Plains Beach at 5:30am.

*We strongly urge swimmers to register online.

All participants receive race shirt, swim cap, participant medals, and post-race refreshments.

Timing & Results:
Professional timing provided by PR Timing. Results will be posted online within 24 hours of race finish.

Safety and escort craft will be provided by the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and will accompany swimmers throughout the event. Support crafts other than designated race craft are not permitted.

Water will be available for swimmers throughout the swim. EMS on site. There will be a cut-off time for the 5K race.

Transportation & Parking:
All participants must register and or check-in the day of the race at Ditch Plains Beach. Public parking is available to participants during the entire event. Bus transportation to the 1-mile start at Terrace Beach will be provided (both the 1/2-mile and 5k start at/near Ditch Plains Beach).

Swimming Attire:
Wet suits ARE permitted and recommended. Use of MP3 players and other electrical audio/communication devices by the swimmer during event is NOT permitted.

All ages welcome to participate. All participants (and guardians of those under 18) must complete and sign waivers (if registering online, you will be required to accept the waiver prior to finalizing your registration).

Montauk has a large selection of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, and most require multiple night stays in the summer months. We recommend you book early. Visit for a listing of all hotels.


Opportunities available. Contact us for more information.

Organised by

Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation

P.O. Box 1612, Montauk

Phone: 6316681124

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