YMCA of Southern Maine

For a Better Us.™

P2P Race Details

Race Event Schedule:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Packet Pick Up - Time and location TBD

Friday, July 27, 2018

Packet Pick Up - Time and location TBD

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Race Day!


Kayak unloading – Casco Bay Ferry Terminal (Purchase ferry tickets if not purchased at registration)


Board Ferry (There will be two boats. Kayaks go on car ferry)


First ferry leaves for Peaks Island


Second ferry leaves for Peaks Island


Kayak meeting by dock


Swimmer meeting by dock


Opening ceremonies


Swimmer warm-up


Swim starts – Wave 1 


Wave 2 


Wave 3


Wave 4 


Wave 5 


Awards ceremony & closing ceremonies

Questions? Please contact our Race Director, Bob Dunfey at bdunfey@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Race Categories

Everyone will be ceded by swim time. You are required to submit your swim time for a mile. We will then assign you a swim wave. Swim waves will be assigned by swim times. The fastest swimmers will leave first. The Qualifying Time Waiver can be found here.

Entry Fees

Registration and Fundraising Minimum: 

Swimmers will be able to choose from the following options:

# 1 – BEST Option
Commit to raising at least $400
Waive your registration fee! ($0)
Total out of pocket: $0

# 2 – Standard Option
Register for the race ($125)
Commit to fundraising at least the minimum ($200)
Total out of pocket: $125

# 3 – Least Commitment
Register for the race ($125)
Donate your fundraising minimum ($200)
Total out of pocket: $325

Participants dropping out after May 1st will be required to meet the fundraising minimum. All swimmers must raise the fundraising minimums by July 24, 2018 or their credit cards on file will be charged.

The Peaks to Portland swim is for people age 16 and older.  Your entry fee includes your place at the start line, a great t-shirt, swim cap, kayaker flag, supported course, post-race refreshments, and a family fun filled day!

Packet Pick-up



Parking can be a bit hectic on the day of the race!  We are lucky to have such a great event in the City of Portland, but with being in the city comes city parking challenges! Here's a list of parking options in Portland for you to consider.  We suggest you get there early, drop off your kayak at Casco Bay Lines, and leave plenty of time to park before the boat leaves.  The ferry leaves at 6:45am sharp!

Parking in the vicinity of Casco Bay Lines
Directions/Parking Maps
City of Portland Parking Maps

Inclement Weather

The Coast Guard will be the entity who will decide if we can enter the water on race day.  If for any reason the race is rescheduled it will be July 23rd, 2017.  If inclement weather please call 874-1111 after 5am to see if race has been postponed.

Cancellation Policy

Our YMCA is a registered (501)(c)(3) organization. There will be no refunds for this event.  Your registration is not refundable and is non-transferable.

Course Information

Click here to view the course maps.

The swim will take place in Casco Bay starting at Peaks Island to East End Beach in Portland ME.  The course is 2.4 miles long.

There will be 5 waves.  You will be put in a swim wave based on your swim time.  Swim waves will go off with the fastest swimmers going first.

To qualify for the swim you must be able to swim 1 mile in 40 minutes or less.  If you have not competed in the Peaks to Portland in the last 2 years you will have to furnish us with your swim time that has been witnessed by a life guard, or a swim coach.

All first time swimmers are expected to have boat support.  If you are over 18 and have completed several open water swims that can be documented you may sign a waiver to allow you to swim without a kayak. Click here for waiver.


After you have crossed the finish line, post-race refreshments will be provided.  We will also have other post-race beach festivities for the whole family.  Please enjoy your day and celebrate your accomplishment!


Everyone must sign a waiver before you are allowed to swim.  


The Peaks to Portland training classes will eventually take you outside into the ocean for practice.  We will also start talking about the logistics of race day and how to prepare you and your kayaker for the race.  The trainings include overall fitness and strength training as well as pool time.  Please call your local branch to find out about our training class offerings.


Awards and Certificates will be issued in the following categories for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

Top Female
Top Male
Male & Female Top Non Wet Suit
19 and under (wet suit & non-wet suit)
20 – 24
25 - 29
30 – 34
35 - 39
40 – 44
45 - 49
50 – 54
55 - 59
60 – 64
65 - 69