Get Under It!

A benefit race for the

Logan Rutledge Children’s Foundation

The Logan Rutledge Children’s foundation presents the annual Lowcountry Splash Open Water Swim.

Date: May 24, 2014

Start Time: 5 Mile = 7:30 AM 2.4 Mile = 8:00 AM

Start Location: 5 Mile = Daniel Island Pier   2.4 Mile = Hobcaw Yacht Club

Finish Location: 5 Mile and 2.4 Mile = Charleston Harbor Marina Dock in front of the USS Yorktown

2014 Timeline and Schedule for Events

Registration - online only through Active.com. 550 participants for 2.4 Mile Splash. 200 for the 5 Mile Splash.

No Race Day Registration - must be pre-registered to participate!

Entry Fee is non-refundable including the event of inclement weather, water conditions or issues beyond our control.

Fees include t-shirt, drawstring bag, swim cap and reception at the awards ceremony at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Center. You may also order an embroidered towel for $25.

Race Course: Both the 5 mile and the 2.4 mile open water swim (same as the IronMan Triathlon) will take place in the Wando River and Charleston Harbor. Swimmers for the 5 mile Splash will start at the Daniel Island Pier and swimmers for the 2.4 mile Splash will start at Hobcaw Yacht Club, swimming along the Mount Pleasant shoreline, under the New Cooper River Bridge, passing the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier and finish at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Center.

Water Temp: The average water temperature in May is mid to upper 70's.

Packet Pick Up

Friday race packet pick up will be at the RCC Mount Pleasant Facility beginning at 4:30 PM and closing at 7:00 PM. Race day packet pick up will be at the shuttle area the Patriots Point starting at 5:30 AM - 7:15 AM.

Body marking and Numbered Swim Cap at Shuttle Pickup

...for those being dropped off at Daniel Island Pier or Hobcaw Yacht Club, you will not be able to pick up your race packet here, but you will be able to have body marking done there.

Swim Caps: Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided in race packet. You must wear the cap for the entire swim. If you cross the finish line without a cap you will be disqualified. If your cap comes off, put it back on.


Parking Fee: ATTENTION ALL SWIMMERS AND SPECTATORS. Per policy at the Patriots Point Naval Museum, anyone who parks in the Patriots Point parking lot or road directly adjacent behind is expected to pay a $5.00 parking fee per car. We appreciate your understanding that this is mandated by the venue, Patriots Point and not the decision of The Lowcountry Splash.

Shuttle service from Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Center to Daniel Island for the 5 mile start will depart Patriots Point at 5:30 AM. One bus will stay on site at Daniel Island until race starts in the event that participants have to be taken back. 

Shuttle service from Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Center to Hobcaw Yacht Club for the 2.4 mile start will begin at 6:00 AM.  The last shuttle bus will leave Patriot's Point at 6:30 AM.

You will be given a drawstring bag to take your stuff to the start and will be taken from the start to the finish. You must include your cap and timing chip in the items you take with you to the start of the race; both items are mandatory.

There will be a bag collection location at 5 mile start and at the 2.4 mile start.

If you are not planning on riding the shuttle and will be dropped off at Daniel Island, you must let us know ahead of time.  Please send an email here.  Please no parking in the Daniel Island pier round-a-bout.

We strongly discourage participants from parking at Hobcaw Yacht Club. There is NO Parking Available and vehicles will be turned away.

There will be no shuttle service or other form of transportation to return anyone to their car at Hobcaw Yacht Club.

Check-in - Swimmers must check in at the start locations on race day prior to the race.  There will be a check in sheet and you are required to check in before starting the race on race day. 

5 mile hydration option - 5 mile swimmers may bring a bottle of their preferred hydration beverage to the start and give it to a race official where it will be taken to a boat roughly 2.2 miles into the swim.  The bottle must be clearly marked with the swimmer's race number for easy distribution.  Water will be provided at many locations along the 5 and 2.4 mile swims.

Warm up: There will be a 15-20 minute warm up time designated area near the Start. A horn will be blown to exit the warm for pre race instructions 5 minutes before instructions begin.

Swimmer Briefing, and Head Count:  Prior to the start times, swimmers will gather near the docks for pre-race instructions and rules. As soon as the race director has completed the instructions swimmers willl go through a head count at the docks to enter the water. Officials will count each swimmer into the water through a check-point. The race will begin as soon as head count is completed and the participants have made their way to the startline. The 2.4 mile race will only have ONE Wave start.

Entry into Water: 2.4 Mile - Once you have passed through the head count you may enter the water. You will jump/step into the water from the Hobcaw Yacht Docks.  5 Mile - you will start the race as soon as you pass a timer strip on the dock and jump into the water; the swimmers will enter the water in a controlled manner; please enter feet first.

Wave Start: Does not apply to the 2013 Splash.  All starts will be in one wave.

The Start Line: 2.4 Mile - The Start Line is a rope strung between the start boat and a buoy. The Starter will ensure that everyone is behind the Start Line before beginning the race. Both an air horn and a flag are used to start the race (audible and visible signals).  5 Mile - The Start Line is a timer strip that will be flat across the dock's edge; the swimmers' time will begin as soon as they cross the timer strip.

The Finish Line: 2.4 Mile and 5 Mile - The Finish Line is a floating dock near the end of the pier at the Charleston Harbor Marina.   Swimmers must swim under the boom under for the time to be captured.  If you miss the chute due to the current your time will not be captured.  There are a series of large buoys and swim ropes at the finish line.

Dropping out of the Race: For safety and scoring purposes, it is imperative that you report to an official if you are unable to complete the race. Whether you drop out before the race starts or during the race, and for whatever reason, please report to Check-in officials, a race safety vessel, or the timing officials at the Finish, to give them your name and race number. This ensures that we account for all swimmers.

Awards Cermony: Location has changed to The Grove section of Patriots Point, which is located past the bathrooms across the parking lot to a grassy area. Click here for aerial map of The Grove. We suggest you bring your own chairs for sitting. Music will be provided by a DJ and free beer for those of age.  The awards ceremony will begin at 9:45 AM. Awards for the top 3 men’s and women’s swimmers will begin as soon as the ceremony is finished. This is a great time to relax, rest, rehydrate.  There will be plenty of food and beverages for all.

First Aid: First aid will be available at the Start, Finish, and along the course. Please notify the nearest race official should you require attention.

Race Safety: The US Coast Guard, Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue, Town of Mount Pleasant, and a fleet of kayakers and other safety vessels will monitor the course to ensure the swimmers' safety. There will be 6 foot tall buoys every ¼ mile and anchored boats across from the bouys to mark the course. Boats will be anchored closest to the shore and bouys will be closest to the channel.  To navigate the course, you must swim in between the anchored boats and the bouys.

The course will be patrolled by event staff and volunteers on boats, kayaks, and jet skis. If a swimmer feels unable to proceed or wants to get out of the water, they should attract the attention of safety personnel.  We have a safety plan in place and we can assist you to an anchored boat.

If you are approached by a kayaker blowing a whistle, stop swimming and give them your attention.  You may be in danger or off course.  They will direct you accordingly.

Swimmers enter this event at their own personal risk. They are responsible for their own physical condition, and are urged to train and have a medical check prior to entry. A swimmer deemed incapable of completing the course may be taken out of the water by safety officials at any time. You must comply with the directions of the race officials. Any swimmer who pulls out of the race must notify race officials immediately.

Please be aware that there are other buoys, docks and markers in the water along the course not related to the race. The fixtures may have barnacles or other marine growth that may cause abrasions or other injuries, and swimmers should avoid contact with them.

In case of emergency, air horns will be sounded repeatedly. Get out of the water immediately.

The Lowcountry Splash reserves the right to stop your swim if we have determined the conditions to be dangerous or if we are concerned for your welfare.  If you are asked to stop swimming you must comply.  You will be assisted to the nearest anchored boat.

Competitions & Awards

Top 3 Male & Female Overall

Age Groups
Under 15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ (no duplicate awards).

The Cooper River Over/Under Challenge
The Cooper River Over/Under Challenge consists of the best combined time for the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Splash (Top 3 Male, Female).

Team Competition

Make sure all swimmers on your team sign up with your team name during registration.

2.4 Mile - Consists of 10 or more swimmers from your club or masters team or you can select a group any ten swimmers to make a team. The fastest combined times of the swimmers from your team wins. If the team has more than 10 people, the fastest 10 times from your group will be counted toward the competition. 

5 Mile - Consists of 5 or more swimmers from your club or masters team or you can select a group any five swimmers to make a team. The fastest combined times of the swimmers from your team wins. If the team has more than 5 people, the fastest 5 times from your group will be counted toward the competition. 

Rules (See Rules Page)

The Lowcountry Splash utilizes USA swimming's rules on swimsuits. If you are swimming the Splash for fun and are not interested in getting a time that counts towards the awards categories, then you can wear anything you want.

Personal Escorts
Personal Escorts will not be permitted in the race course. The race officials' primary concern will be for the health and safety of the swimmers and reserve the right to disqualify individuals and cancel the event if conditions warrant.

Wetsuits - are allowed, but will not be eligible for prizes.