About the Race

Change Your Latitude is a combined 10k/6k/3k/1k open water swim located in beautiful Sitka, Alaska. The race is organized by Baranof Barracuda Swim Club.

Solo or relay 10k (6.2 miles) and 6.6K (4.1 miles) and 3.3k (2 miles) open water swims in Sitka Sound, with a water temperature range in the mid to upper 50’s. The swim starts adjacent to the Sitka Sound Science Center and follows the shoreline south along Sitka National Historical Park. The 10k (open to 18 years and older) will loop the course 3 times, the 6k completing 2 “laps” and 3k completes with one turn of the course (both open to 16 years and older). The 1k distance (open to all ages) will swim along the main course and returning via a designated turn around buoy.

The event is open to Adults and USA Swimming age group registered swimmers (8 and older). 10k and 6k open to 16 and older, 3k open to 12 and older, 1k to all swimmers 8 and older. Swimmers may enter as Male and Female Solo Swimmers or as relays may enter in 2 or 4 person in the following categories Male/Female/Mixed.  A total of 100 10k/6k and 3k solo swimmers will be allowed and a total of 10 relays will be allowed to enter. Wetsuits are recommended* and swimmers must submit witnessed proof of a continuous one (1) hour swim in water at or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit OR have a 2000m/2200y swim time of less than 40 mins. A letter by the individual’s swim coach or open water training coordinator attesting to the competitor’s ability to complete a swim in these conditions will be accepted. *The race staff may make exceptions to allow some swimmers to compete without wetsuits. Exceptions will be granted only to individuals who have proven experience (satisfactory to the race staff) with swimming in cold water races (below 60 degrees) without a wetsuit. Wetsuit waiver requests must be submitted to the Race Director at least (14) fourteen days prior to the event.

Escort kayakers are optional for all swimmers, 10k/6k/3k and 1k swims will have support and kayak boats scattered throughout the course. Swimmers are welcome to provide their own or race organizers can arrange for a limited number of boats and/or volunteer kayakers for those who desire. We will do our best to make kayaks available, either through rental or on loan from event sponsors.

Swimmers must swim on either the left or the right side of the kayak. NO KAYAK DRAFTING WILL BE ALLOWED. Drafting is defined as “the carrying of a swimmer by the wake of the escort boat, kayak, or other non swimming member registered in the event” If any team engages in drafting, and a complaint by another team is lodged and upheld, the drafting team will be disqualified.

A banquet and pre-race meeting will take place the Saturday before the race.

The pre-race meeting is MANDITORY for SOLO SWIMMERS AND THE SKIPPERS OF EACH ESCORT CRAFT. The purpose of the meeting is to review the race course, last minute changes, and instructions for the start of the race, pick-up and sale of individual t-shirts, caps, banquet tickets, meet your skipper.


Entry fee for Solo 10k, 6k, and 3k swimmers – Early Registration $100 – After June 1st- $140, After July 1st- $160. All Entries are due by August 8, midnight.

1k Entry fee: $40 – Entries can be made up to the day of the race.


6 thoughts on “About the Race

  1. I am registered for the 10k with a paddler. We are traveling for Portland, OR and will not be bringing a boat. Can you help me coordinate a rental?

  2. Hey folks, really looking forward to this! Trying to secure my travel plans… on the Facebook page, there is mention of pre-event adventure swim(s). Would love to join! Are you planning on posting these on this website?

    1. Kristy,
      At this time we are planning to do swims on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. There is usually a small group that will go out on Saturday morning as well. Of course planning for these swims depends largely on weather so we don’t typically announce destinations until the day before or even as we depart the dock. Last year we provided 2 boat excursions and 1 townside swim.

      Please let me know if you have other questions. Best to email at bbsc.sitka@gmail.com

      Kevin Knox
      Race Director
      Change Your Latitude

  3. That was a very fun race!!! Well organized by a very cheery crew of Sitkans. And fun participants from all over.

    There were pre-race adventure swims — with boat rides to exotic local islands. A tasty salmon barbecue the night before the race. A great race venue — with lots of salmon to view while swimming. And good support immediately before and after the swim.

    All in all a great experience.

    Just do it!

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