On November 1st, the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim will soon hold its lottery for the 2009 event.
The lottery is open from Saturday, November 1st at 8:00 am ET to Friday, November 14th at 8:00 pm ET. Interested swimmers should go to the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim link here to obtain a mandatory log-on id for the entry process. Experienced swimmers know that the 600-swimmer limit fills us quickly - the fastest of any open water swimming event on the planet!
The affiliated 1-Mile Bay Challenge will open to online entry on January 7th, 2009. There is no lottery for the 1-Mile Bay Challenge. The 1 mile swim limits its field to 450 athletes.
The record is still held by the legendary James Kegley in 1990 when he swam a 1:24:28. James Kegley, an inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, won the event a record six times.