Three Rivers Marathon Swim (3RMS) - Pittsburgh - 2017

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edited February 15 in Event Announcements
This discussion was created from comments split from: Three Rivers Marathon Swim (3RMS) - Pittsburgh - 2014.


  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    Is there any chance this goes mass start for 2017?

  • Leonard_JansenLeonard_Jansen Charter Member

    “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” - Oscar Wilde

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member
    edited January 4

    Pittsburgh--the city where I spent a lot of my childhood!

    Leonard, I notice they keep referring to teams. Is this swim a relay or solo or both? (I'm definitely not ready for that distance solo, but just curious.)

    If it's a relay, might be something to consider further down the road, depending on how many swimmers can be on a team and how they set up the relay--i.e., do people swim a certain amount of time, then next swimmer, etc. Or is by miles, i.e. 1st swimmer goes 5-10k, then next swimmer, the same distance, etc.?

    Right now my max swim is 8 miles, and I'm thinking about either another 8 miler or something slightly longer. I'm kind of a work in progress marathon swimming-wise. :)

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    Leonard_Jansen said: Info here:


    I saw that, but it was vague as to its status for this year

  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member

    @ForeverSwim just had a baby- I think things are vague after you just have a baby. :-) I know he wants to make it open to as many people as possible, but babies sometimes change things (or so I've heard). I'm sure he'll update us all as soon as he knows. It's a great event!

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    @ssthomas - we just had our second one, they do, I understand. I didn't realize they had a kid. Congratulations, @ForeverSwim!

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Babies and toddlers are fun but I'm glad both my daughters are over 21. :)

    Grandchildren that would be different. :D

    dpm50ForeverSwimIronMike - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    edited January 5

    Good Morning! Thank you everyone for your interest in the 2017 3RMS. My apologies for being remiss, as it seems it has been a while since I've been on to post. Thank you @ssthomas for providing an update :-)

    The 2017 3RMS will be open for a mass start of 15 marathon swimmers on Saturday, September 23, 2017. This will be a solo event only with application available via the race website ( beginning April 1, 2017. I do not have a entrance fee as of this time, but as all of our 3RMS alumni know, we will keep it as affordable as possible. My dream for this race has always been about building as much camaraderie between swimmers as possible, and not worrying as much about the cost to get you there!

    We launch at 7AM with powered escorts, kayaking teams and all crew from Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore, ( and head over to "the Point" ( where swimmers will begin with a water start from the Point State Park Fountain. I wait until daybreak for safety reasons, so +/- 7:30AM.

    • Swimmers will have the option to bring (2) crew members aboard the powered escort which will follow the swimmer at a safe distance throughout the race
    • Swimmers will have two kayak volunteers to flank them at all times
    • Swimmers can bring their own kayakers with them, however, not their own kayaks. Part of the entrance fee goes to cover the kayaks from Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore who have been kind enough to allow us a 50% discount, plus the ability to launch from the Allegheny Landing dock
    • Crew, including own kayakers, will be made known via the race application

    Swimmers will swim north, current assist, along 5K of the Ohio River where they will turn around at Brunot Island, and swim 5K, against the current, back to the city. Once the swimmers hit the Point State Park 10K mark, they will begin swimming against the current to the half-way point (15K) on the Monongahela River, for the Hot Metal Bridge turnaround point Swimmers will return to the starting point once again for the 20K mark. Swimmers will make the turn around the Point, and head out against the tide of 5K of the Allegheny River to the 40th Street Bridge, and head back (current assist) the final 5K to the Point (along the city-side of the Allegheny) the original starting point, for a buoy finish. Swimmers will exit the water via their powered escort, and return to the Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore location. #rockstar

    Finishing awards, banquet dinner and dancing TBD!

    • Distance: 30K - 10K, out-and-back 5K, in each of the three rivers; Ohio (1) Monongahela (2) and Allegheny (3)
    • Format: 2 kayakers/swimmer, powered escort boat and Pittsburgh River Rescue/Police in support
    • Water Temperature: Wide range. Average 70F Low, 74F High; Air Temperature 56F Low, 71F High
    • Water Conditions: Usually calm during first 10K (Ohio River), boat traffic and potential headwinds churn up the Monongahela and the Allegheny Rivers. Overall, current is minimal. Keep in touch with local river conditions (
    • **Time Cutoff: **Strict 12-hours cut-off. 4-hour 10K pace. I don't want people out in the dark, and rather them alongside their fellow marathon swimmer at the finishing award banquet!
    • Swimming Attire: Wear your Speedo, cap and goggles kids...

    The 2017 3RMS will once again be a charity fundraising event for Team Forever, which directly benefits the Forever Fund at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Please visit for a history of the charity, with full financial reports since 2010 always available for review. Interested swimmers can stay tuned to my website, Facebook updates (3RMS page coming soon), the Marathon Swimmers Forum. You are always welcome to direct any questions to me at

    Looking forward to the world coming to the 'City of Bridges' this September!

    Cheers to ADVENTURE!

    Darren E. Miller, Race Director

    AnthonyMcCarleyJSwimslknightevmothelittlemerwookiedpm50stephenrouchssthomastimsrootaafairmanMaryStellaTMcQueenIronMikephodgeszoho Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    I grew up a few hours away from Pittsburgh. I've been interested in this swim since you first started publicizing it a few years ago. I'm very interested. Thank you in advance for putting it on.

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Sounds very exciting. I'm not at 30k level now, but if you have it in 2018....

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    TMcQueenAnthonyMcCarleythelittlemerwookieDanSimonellitimsrootssthomasChrisgreene Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    Is registration going live this weekend?

  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member

    I think I saw that there was a website issue and registration is going live on Earth day, but I can't find where I saw that...

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    @ssthomas - just making sure i didn't miss something.

  • JustSwimJustSwim Member

    Sarah you are correct. According to a Facebook post yesterday the registration will open April 22nd, or otherwise known as Earth Day.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member


    We go live with the #3RMS application on Saturday, April 22!! Please check the Three Rivers Marathon Swim homepage on Facebook, or the Marathon Swimmers Forum or swim website at for continued updates and swim application.

    The 2017 3RMS selection will be very simple and straight-forward. Interested swimmers will complete the application, and the first 15 applications which are scanned and emailed back will be selected. There is not a lottery, or selection committee. Payment will be due via check within 14-days after you have been notified.

    Let’s get excited!!

    Darren Miller, Race Director

    JSwimJBirrrdAnthonyMcCarleystephenrouchChrisgreene Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member

    2017 3RMS UPDATE!! Only a few more days until we go LIVE!! Cannot wait to bring the world to Pittsburgh!!

    Past Articles: ◦2016: ◦2015: ◦2014:

    Want more specific information? ASK AN ALUMNI Melodee Nugent, Anthony McCarley, Janet Manning, Sarah Thomas, John Humenik, Kristin Jones, Chris Greene, Kimberly Plewa.

    timsrootssthomasIronMikeChrisgreene Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member

    The 2017 #3RMS Application has officially posted!! Best of luck to all of our interested swimmers!! Can't wait for September!

    JSwimtimsroot Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member

    Proud to announce we have already filled 6 of 15 slots for the 2017 #3RMS!! Let's keep those applications coming!!

    timsrootssthomas Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • timsroottimsroot Charter Member

    Glad I filled out my application this morning

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member

    ...MAKE THAT 8!! Race is filling up fast!! Who will be our 9th swimmer?! #3RMS

    JBirrrdJSwimssthomas Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member

    One day since we posted the application, and we are already 11 swimmers strong for 2017 - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR EXCITEMENT! Swimmers from VT to CA! We have 4 remaining slots; get your application for #3RMS today!!

    JSwimtimsrootssthomas Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaCharter Member
    edited 12:07PM

    THIRTEEN STRONG!! Very thankful for all the enthusiasm!! 2 SLOTS LEFT!! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

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