The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is an international event hosting athletes from around the globe for the 54th Around the Island Marathon, the Inaugural Green Whales 2K and the Inaugural Pilot Whales 400M.
In 2020, and years to follow, this festival will have two waves for all events except the 400M; sanctioned and non-sanctioned.
We also expect to add a 5K to the festival in 2020.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Registration will open on February 1, 2019.
All finalizations to the event will be updated here by January 31, 2019.
Any questions should be directed to the Meet Director, Meet Referee, or Assistant Race Director (listed below).
Last updated : 03/31/19 @ 7:21 PM
The Inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival is being brought to Atlantic City, NJ by Green Whales Inc. to honor the late Jim Whelan and to support the Whelan’s Whales swim lesson and water safety program.
Jim Whelan is a former NJ Senator, Mayor of Atlantic City, Captain of the Atlantic City Beach Patrol, Atlantic City teacher, and Atlantic City High School Swim Coach. Jim was a national distance swimmer and has taught countless Atlantic City children how to swim. To say that Atlantic City and swimming were a major part of Jim’s life just isn’t enough. This festival is a great time to get the whole family involved, introduce the love of open water racing to youngsters and see some great swimmers compete in a legendary event.
The Jim Whelan Open Water Festival will bring the 54th Around the Island Marathon (22.75 miles) back to the Atlantic City waters. In addition, the Green Whales 2K and the Pilot Whales 400M will be available.
The Around the Island Marathon, which started in 1953, has been dormant since 2006. The current record holder, as documented on marathonswimmers.org, is Stéphane Gomez, from France, set in 2004 with a time of 6:37.09.
Green Whales Inc is a NJ Non Profit 501(c)(3) that funds Whelan’s Whales, the Greenheads Swimming age group swim team, and the Greenheads Special Olympics swim team. Whelan’s Whales is a free swim lesson and water safety program provided to the children of Atlantic City. This program is run with Jim Whelan’s belief that all children living on the island should learn to swim and be safe in the water. Whelan’s Whales was created by the owners and staff of the Brigantine Aquatic Center in 2017. Local coaches, lifeguards, and older athletes have taught over 300 children to swim in 2018, the inaugural year. In addition, to this wonderful program the Greenheads Special Olympics swim team was added to the Greenheads Swimming family as a free program to special needs children. Our Greenheads age group swim team has been a nonprofit team since 2002, providing year round scholarships and financial assistance to numerous athletes in Atlantic County.
All proceeds and fundraising from the festival’s three events will help support the Whelan’s Whales program and the Atlantic City youth in their swimming and water safety success!
Green Whales Inc and the Little Water Distillery are joining together to have a fundraiser supporting Green Whales Inc. and to provide information to the Community about the Inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival. The event is being held on June 2, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Little Water Distillery 807 Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (entrance on Lexington Avenue).
The event will include lite refreshments, a tour of the distillery, one cocktail, and 5 raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets and donations are available during checkout. Raffle tickets will be used for a basket auction; which includes but is not limited to Atlantic City Overnight Stays, Baskets of Cheer, etc. Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.