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Misery Challenge (3 mi swim, 4 mi SUP/kayak/row)

  • Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 17 Tucks Point Road Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, 01944 United States (map)

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Take on the Misery Challenge 2017! Sign up now and start training for a once in a lifetime opportunity. Perfect for the competitive athlete or a family adventure. Racing starts and finishes from iconic Manchester By-the-Sea's Tuck's Point with a spin around historic Misery Island and back. Choose your "weapon!" Kayak, SUP, Row or even Swim these waters. Besides your "fan club" cheering you across the finish-line, music, micro-brew, tasty treats, kid games, awards and more await you on shore. 

The Misery Challenge involves two different courses. Your event will determine the course you follow. Both however, feature some of the North Shore's (and the country's) most beautiful scenery and clean, crisp ocean water. Last year was the first time water enthusiasts had the opportunity to race from Manchester by-the-sea to Misery Island and the experience was epic. So, grab your friends and family as Misery (Challenge) loves company! 

SWIM - The swim course will be an out and back from Tuck’s Point to Misery Island cove and back. This distance is approximately 3 miles. No personal spotters/support allowed. Final course maps to be completed by June. Swimmers will have a short land/sand (approx. 150 yards.) Finish. 

SUP/KAYAK/ROW - This course will be from Tuck’s point, around Big Misery Island (between Little and Big Misery) and back to Tuck’s Point. This distance is approximately 4 miles. 

Courses will be marked with Race Buoys. Safety marshals in the form of motorboats, kayaks and SUPs will be along the way to assist with course and in case of emergency. For more details/maps go to:

Misery Challenge Race Shirt (that fits (men's and women's sizes), is sexy and won't become a bike rag) / Race Bib with Timing Chip / Professional Timing from RaceWire / Prizes / Race Caps for Swimmers / Safety Support / Free Parking (and transportation from lot to site), Post Race Food and Tasty Beverages provided by local breweries and Barefoot Refresh Spritzers / Kids Games / Donation to the HUMANS FOR OCEANS / and last, but not least, Serious Bragging Rights! 

Swimmers must be able to complete the swim within 2 hours of starting time or will be pulled from the water if impeding traffic or creating safety issue. For example, if within a couple mins. of the finish line a swimmer won’t be pulled, but will be brought into a support boat if in outer harbor, open ocean or deemed by officials to be in harms way. 

Kayakers, Rowers and Stand-up Paddlers will have a 2 hour window to reach the finish-line to officially considered a Misery Challenge Finisher. 

Last year’s event with light current, steady winds and 300 participants (male and female of various fitness levels, ages and abilities) resulted in the following ranges - SEE 2016 RESULTS FOR EXACT TIMES. 
Rowers :30-:45 / Kayakers :45-1:20 / SUP :50 - 1:15 / Swimmers 1-2hr. 
TIDE is a factor in this course. We work to try to find favorable conditions for swimmers - slack or incoming tide upon return but part of the Challenge are the elements.

In addition, all racers (swimmers, paddlers, rowers, kayakers) will be required to sign a waiver attesting to their understanding and ability to control their craft and provide equipment that meets USCG requirements. 

Brightly colored swim caps will be provided and required. Numbers will be written on the caps, swimmers arms and on hands for those wearing wetsuits. Safety kayaks and rescue boats will be on the course as well for emergencies and direction.

Wetsuits are HIGHLY encouraged and will be REQUIRED in waters under 60 degrees. From personal experience, you will want them! If waters are 60 or over it is swimmer's choice. However, there will be NO separate race results for those with or without wetsuits... just additional bragging rights!

AWARDS will be given to swimmers, kayakers, rowers, and SUPs in various categories.

Due to the nature of this race and the elements involved, weather may force alteration of the course to allow racing to occur on July 15th. If conditions, are deemed to unsafe for racing on July 15th by HarborMaster and USCG, then the event with be held SUNDAY, July16th at same times.

Earlier Event: July 15
Georgeville or Bust (15 mi)