CHALLENGE OVERVIEW


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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW


MISERY LOVES... DETAILS 

WHAT TO EXPECT WITH YOUR ENTRY FEE:

Boco Gear Misery Challenge Technical Hat that will become your favorite / Race Bib / Professional Timing from RaceWire / Awards and Prizes / Race Caps for Swimmers / Safety Support / Post Race Food and Beverage (Brew and Non-Alcoholic Sips)/ Games / Free Parking / a donation to HUMANS FOR OCEANS /A Killer Boost to Your Ego and Serious Bragging Rights!

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED BUT RACE DAY IS AVAILABLE: SEE SCHEDULE

NEW THIS YEAR:

HIGH TIDE AGAIN!!!! Yup, swimmers... no running to the finish line! Many factors go into the date choice for the Misery Challenge, most of which I can't control. However, this year we are blessed by the sea-gods with high-tide to make your swim a little longer and run to the finish-line a bit shorter! 

Surfski Division and Women's 14' Paddle Board Division added as well as awards for NON-wetsuit swimmers (a.k.a. 'the Lycra Mafia'). We will also have rankings/finishing times based on suit or no suit.

FIXED SEAT ROWING AND OUTRIGGERS WELCOME: Please contact us to confirm prior to sign-up. See contact tab above. 

AWARDS  

We will doing boat/board classifications as seen below. All awards will be given out as follows, but are subject to change upon final entry numbers. Some of you are racing this, but remember that for all of us it's really about the Challenge!

SWIMMERS LONG COURSE: 
Overall - 1st M/F. 
Age Group - 1st M/F for 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 plus. Non-Wetsuit 1st, 2nd M/F
SWIMMERS SHORT COURSE: (a.k.a. LITTLE MISERY) Awards to be determined closer to race.


KAYAKS: 
Overall 1st M/F. 
Age Group: 1st Place M/F over 45 and 1st Place M/F Under 45.  
Youngest (min. age 14) 
Double Kayak Category: 1st place only. 
This includes race kayaks and touring kayaks. Singles and doubles only!

SURFSKIS and other small fixed-seat boats ARE allowed, but NOT eligible for awards unless we have 5 or more entries. 

ROWERS: 
Overall 1st M/F. 
Age Group: 1st Place M/F over 45. 1st Place M/F Under 45.  
Youngest (min. age 14) 
Double Shell Category will be 1st place ONLY. 
No Quads allowed. 

SUPS:  
1st place M/F for 12'6 Race Board. 
1st place M/F for 14' Race Boards. 
1st Place M/F for 12'0 and under Recreational boards.

EXPERIENCE/SAFETY PARAMETERS  

Although this event can be competitive as well as casual, safety is top priority for all. Therefore, our goal is to attract experienced/trained swimmers. Upon registration you must prove that you have the ability to handle the open water conditions and variables associated with the ocean. This proof will be in the form of ONE of the following:  1. race results involving a swim of .9 miles or greater 2. A letter from a certified swim/triathlete coach attesting to an individual’s ability to handle open water conditions 3. Membership of US Masters Swimming or USA Swimming. Swimmers must be at least 16 yrs. old on race day and have parent/guardian permission and 14 yrs. old for Short Course.

Proof will be required with your online registration.  No proof, no swim.

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. They must provide equipment that meets USCG requirements (see below). Brightly colored swim caps will be provided and required to be worn by swimmers. Numbers will be written on arms and/or on hands.

Safety kayaks, SUPs and rescue boats will be on the course for emergencies.

AGE REQUIREMENT

Swimmers must be 16 yrs. or older on race day. Rowers, Kayakers, SUPs must be: A. 14 yrs. or older on Race Day to participate in the Misery Challenge B. Accompanied by an adult while racing either in the same boat or alongside in regards to SUP. Race officials will be confirming this on race day. If no adult partner is present, racers under 16 will be withdrawn from race.

WETSUITS
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's racer’s choice. New this year... non-wetsuit placing and awards. 

PADDLER/KAYAK/ROWER PFD  
All SUPs will be required to have PFD's on their person or secured to their boards. Leashes are recommended. KAYAKERS AND ROWERS: Must have PFD's secured in their boat (1 per person). Emergency whistles are recommended for all participants in these categories. Boats/SUPs must be checked off by race volunteers for PFD's .

TIME PARAMETERS

All swimmers/rowers/kayakers will be given 2 hrs. from their starting time to complete the Challenge.  Rowers due to the later starting time in 2017/18/19 you will have 1 hr. 15 mins. to finish. 

The long course swim is 3 miles, short course swim is 1.5 miles and the paddle/row course is 4 miles. This is harbor and open ocean water. Any of those unable to complete in the allotted time will be removed from course if not nearing finish line - call will be up to HarborMaster.

FREE PARKING AND PARK ADMISSION  

We HIGHLY encourage carpooling. There is limited room for parking so please help us out in any way by respecting the volunteers who will be assisting in parking. Please be aware that there will be folks enjoying that park that are not part of the event. Please respect the use of this wonderful shared space. 

PARKING FOR 2019: Due to ever growing event participant numbers, Parking will be available at TWO different locations in 2019 and is based off of your event entry. Please follow these rules. 

1. BROOKWOOD SCHOOL:
ALL SWIMMERS must park at this location -  1 Brookwood Rd. Manchester, MA 01944. This will be a very short bus ride running before and after racing (provided by Misery Challenge) to the registration site. 

2. TUCK'S POINT PARKING LOT: 
ALL KAYAKERS/SUPS/ROWERS park on site with their gear. 17 Tuck's Point Rd. Manchester, MA 

Restrooms will be available through the Park's facilities as well as portable toilets. 

FOOD

Bring your perfect pre-race food, but bananas, bars and water will be there for post-race. For more substantial, tasty treats be sure to bring some cash for amazing food and micro-brew will be on tap to quench your post-race thirst and help you share your "play-by-play" of your epic adventure. 

WEATHER DATE AND CANCELLATION  
Due to the nature of this race and the elements involved weather may force alteration of the course to allow racing to occur on the given Saturday race-day. If conditions, are deemed to be unsafe by HarborMaster and USCG, then the event will be cancelled. WE DO NOT OFFER REFUNDS. Events of this nature have a lot of costs that are required to be paid far before the event takes place. For this reason we simply cannot offer refunds of any kind for any reason. Deferrals to another calendar year may be allowed but we cannot transfer funds from the previous year’s registration because in most cases they have already been allocated to pay for that year’s event even if that participant doesn’t show.

*The Misery Challenge reserves the right to refuse to register any individual or boat. Misery Challenge may also expel or refuse any participant or boat before or during the event for lack of required equipment, unsafe operation, disregard for event rules, or unsporting behavior.

REGISTER HERE

EVENT INFO.


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EVENT INFO.


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WHY MISERY?


WHY MISERY?


“I was inspired to swim to Misery Island and back 10 years ago, and recruited my dad who accompanied me in a kayak. After years of competitive training, starting as a world champion rower and continuing as an Ironman and pro adventure racer, Misery showed me a challenge that anyone could accomplish with focus and some guts - an adventure for families or competitive athletes. Destination racing invites nature to the start and finish line - it’s my favorite way to train, compete and appreciate New England.“

- Josh Crosby Race Dir. and Reincarnated Fish

 

Josh Crosby is a former professional ultra-endurance athlete, Ironman World Champion competitor and World Champion rower. Today, he uses his world class athletic pedigree to coach and inspire others as an international fitness presenter, program/product consultant, race director and co-creator of fitness programs Indo-Row and ShockWave launched in over 400 clubs internationally. Most recently he has created an indoor rowing workout video series viewed by millions and acts as a rowing advisor to Orange Theory Fitness.

 

THE "CREW"

My "team" shown below, plus dozens of amazing volunteers and friends, make the Misery Challenge a truly unique, community building, misery-able at times, fun event. Come spend the morning with us on the water or the land cheering on your favorite Challenger!

Sponsors


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WANT TO SPONSOR MISERY CHALLENGE 2017?

CONTACT: JOSH@JOSHCROSBYFITNESS FOR MORE INFO.

 

Sponsors


"CAN WE GET A ROUND OF APPLAUSE" FOR OUR AMAZING 2017 SPONSORS? MANY OF THEM ARE BACK FOR MORE FUN THIS YEAR. CLICK AROUND AND SEE WHAT THESE COMPANIES CAN DO FOR YOU.

WANT TO SPONSOR MISERY CHALLENGE 2017?

CONTACT: JOSH@JOSHCROSBYFITNESS FOR MORE INFO.