WaveOne Open Water Races

WaveOne Open Water offers a variety of races that appeal to and challenge all open water swimmers. Every event includes an entry level swimmer option and is open to athletes of all ages and abilities. We feature one of the few 10K races in the eastern US, as well as a variety of races that are particularly suited for triathletes, and our signature swim across the Potomac River,


Fish Face Swim Series

harborfest: tri distance swims & SWIM FOR THE POTOMAC


WaveOne Open Water is focusing efforts on providing more opportunities for race style timed swims with the new Fish Face Swim Series of time trial swims. Instead of two race days, now you have five days to make a difference in your swim open water swimming.  As a part of the Weekly Open Water Swim program at National Harbor, these swims are designed for the beginning swimmer or triathlete as well as the seasoned open water swimmer.  Five summer Sundays are dedicated to performance by offering a choice of distances to practice skills and test your open water swimming progress. Each Sunday provides two or more compatible distances to choose to swim at race pace, including 750 meter/1500 meter, 1.2 mile/2.4 mile, and 5K/10K. 

2018 Fish Face Open Water Swim Series - 5 Sundays from July 8 through September 30.

750 meters - 1500 meters - 1.2 miles - 2.4 miles - 5K - 10K

Fish Face Swim Series Dates:

  • Sunday July 8: 750 meters or 1500 meters:  - Start Time 8:30AM (375 meter course)
  • July 22: 1.2 miles or 2.4 miles: - Start Time 7:30AM  (645 meter course)
  • August 12: 1.2 miles or 2.4 miles or 5.1K: - Start Time 7:30AM  (645 meter course)
  • September 2: 750 meters or 1500 meters:  - Start Time 8:30AM (375 meter course)
  • September 30: 5K or 10K: - Start Time 7AM  (1,250 meter course)

Swimmers will be numbered and begin an in-water mass start in the north cove at National Harbor. Times will be posted on line following the day's swims. Each course will be modified to provide conditions suited for that particular distance. The Fish Face Swim Series in included in your Gold, Weekly Summer Unlimited and Sunday Swim Memberships (however register for each swim). Registrants for HarborFest and Swim for the Potomac may choose any 2 Fish Face Swim Series swims. Please note that there will not be a general practice swim on Fish Face time trial days. These swims replace HarborFest and Swim for the Potomac. Email info@waveoneswimming.com for more info and questions.

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The Washington's Crossing is a race across the Potomac River beginning when swimmers board a Potomac Riverboat water taxi and cruise to the western point of the river where Alexandria, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC intersect at Jones Point. From there, jump in the river, and begin the race with a water start. At the sound of the starting horn, swimmers will travel approximately 2.3 kilometers back on a well marked course, to the National Harbor beach lagoon to be greeted by the sculpture, the Awakening. Washington's Crossing is limited to 250 swimmers. Make history and register now!

9th Annual Washington's Crossing is Sunday June 2, 2019