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October Fools Goofy Races

Sat October 1, 2022 Norristown, PA 19403 US Directions


800 Meter Swim, standard format

10:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT

800 Meter Swim, No Holds Barred

11:00AM EDT - 11:30AM EDT

Root Beer Mile

11:30AM EDT - 12:15PM EDT

Hot Dog Mile

12:15PM EDT - 1:00PM EDT

Whiskey Mile

1:00PM EDT - 1:45PM EDT

Beer Mile

1:45PM EDT - 2:30PM EDT

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


1400 S. Trooper Rd.
Norristown, PA US 19403


Welcome to the 2nd annual October Fools Goofy Races, presented by French Creek Racing!

This event will be held at 1400 S. Trooper Rd., Norristown, PA.  
Parking and directions: Use the GPS address - 1400 S. Trooper Rd., Norristown, PA 19403.  There is plenty of space available in this parking lot!  Absolutely no parking in front of the launch area.  From the lot, walk south (away from the Schuylkill River Trail) down the asphalt path toward the river.  After you cross the road, make a left and walk downstream (east) for about 200 yards until you'll see our launch area on your right.

This event features the following races/divisions:
50 Meter Sprint - Open water race straightaways, by heats.
800m Open Water Swim - standard rules.
800m No Holds Barred - Race with or without equipment, anything goes.
Root Beer Mile - 4X(Drink one 12oz can of root beer, 400m swim).  You may substitute, any non-alcoholic beverage instead of root beer.
Hot Dog Mile - 4X(Eat 1 hot dog, 400m swim).  You may substitute, any food item of your choice in lieu of hot dogs.
Whiskey Mile - 4X(Drink one 1.5oz shot of whiskey, 400m swim).  You may substitute, any liquor instead of whiskey.
Official Beer Mile - 4X(Drink one 12oz can of beer, 400m swim).  You may substitute, any type of beer, hard seltzer, cider, etc.
PLEASE NOTE: All food/drink options are BYO food and drink.  We will not be supplying any food or drink for this event.
MORE IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone competing in a division including drinking ALCOHOLIC beverages MUST WEAR A NEW WAVE SWIM BUOY AT ALL TIMES.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

River Day Schedule (Please note that start times are approximate and will depend ultimately on the number of entrants):
Friday 9/30 12 Noon - Registration closes
Saturday 10/1 8-10AM - Open Water Training Swim, and Race Warm Up
Saturday 10/1 10AM - 50 Meter Sprint Heats, single elimination, bracket style heats.
Saturday10/1 10:30AM - Standard 800m Race, standard rules.
Saturday10/1 11AM - No Holds Barred 800m Race.
Saturday 10/1 11:30AM - Root Beer Mile.
Saturday 10/1 12:15PM - Hot Dog Mile.
Saturday 10/1 1PM - Whiskey Mile.
Saturday 10/1 1:45PM - Beer Mile.
Sunday 10/2 - Rain date in the event of inclement weather, i.e. lightning storm or high runoff (see bottom for inclement weather policy)

Custom overall awards will be given to the top 3 M/F in each classification.

Restrooms: No restroom facilities onsite.  Please make sure you use the bathroom before you arrive.  No changing on site.  You should be wearing your suit when you arrive and when you leave.  The nearest restroom facility is at the Betzwood trailhead parking lot, about 500-600 meters away from our launch site.

You may bring your own kayaker and/or your own "helper" if desired.  Volunteers are always welcome.  The course will be set at 400 meters.

We will need approximately 3-4 volunteers (kayakers, lifeguards, and other helpers) Contact to register as a volunteer.

Wetsuits will be permitted for all races within this event.

When you arrive, check in at our table, take a swim cap, and have your number marked.  New Wave Swim Buoys may be worn by racers (your choice of color) and are mandatory for all alcohol-based divisions.

This will be a no-frills race experience.  We'll have some basic items on site, but no hot food buffet after the race.

THIS EVENT OCCURS IN A RIVER SUBJECT TO FLOW AND RUNOFF CONDITIONS.  All races will be held rain or shine. Two things will cause the race to be postponed: 1) Lightning in the area, and 2) water quality due to stormwater runoff.  Ultimately, we will make a call by 3 hours prior to the first heat, and email registrants as well as posting it on our Facebook page at that time. If there is light rain during the event, we will still swim.  WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF CONDITIONS, BUT DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE RIVER, WE CANNOT GUARANTEE ANY RACE TO BE HELD AT THE TIME INDICATED.  THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND FLEXIBILITY!  NO REFUNDS will be issued. If requested at least 7 days in advance, we will be able to transfer your funds to a different training or race event.

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