Kits Challenge

About the Race

Race Date: August 14, 2021

Location: Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC.

Distances: 750m, 1.5 km, 3 km, 6 km, 4 x 1.5 km Relay

VOWSA proudly hosts the Kits Challenge each year at Kits Beach in Vancouver, BC. This page goes over all the registration and race details.

Registration Deadline

Registration closes one full week in advance of the event date. This year registration closes on August 7 2021, 11:55 pm PDT.

Please ensure you are registered by this deadline. At each Kits Challenge there are people who believe they are registered when they are not. As we are now using Eventbrite, you can check your registration on Eventbrite. Each swimmer needs to register individually so you can accept the waiver and refund policy.

There’s no late registration and no registration the day of the race. This is for safety reasons and so we have enough time to coordinate with Sportstat and get ready for each swimmer at the event.

For questions about the race please contact


We acknowledge the registration form asks for binary genders (male or female) and “other” and for age. These answers matter for Sportstats global ranking and some individuals in our community want a global ranking. We are contacting Sportstat to ask for more inclusive categories, but this may not be ready for the race.

For technical problems with registration please contact The website coordinator will respond as soon as she can and asks that you kindly remember she is a volunteer. 🙂

Registration Fees

Category Registration Fee
Solo $40
Relay $35 per person - All relay team members MUST register individually for this race

If you want to enter the race and these registration fees present a barrier to participation, please contact Craig at

Please note that Eventbrite adds its processing fees.

Race Waiver

You must accept the waiver for this event during the registration process. You do not need to print it and bring it to the event.

Participants under 19 years old must agree to fill out the assumption of risk document during the registration process and you must print it and bring this assumption of risk document to the event.

Race Schedule

Check-in Times

  • 7:00 am — Check-in begins for 3 & 6 km
  • 8:00 am — Check-in closes for 3 & 6 km
  • 8:30 am — Check-in begins for 750m & 1.5 km
  • 9:30 am — Check-in closes for 750m & 1.5 km

Failure to check-in during the appropriate check-in period will result in entry cancellation.

Race Start Times

  • 8:30 am — 6 km Solo & Relay
  • 8:45 am — 3 km
  • 9:45 am — 1.5 km
  • 10:00 am – 750m

Start times are approximate and may be delayed. There are no set cut-off times, however, discretionary cut-offs may be implemented by the Race Director and/or lifeguard team.


Wetsuits are not mandatory for this race event, but for safety reasons you must let us know at check-in if you plan to change from wetsuit to non-wetsuit, or vice versa. If you fail to inform us of a change of wetsuit category, you will be disqualified.

Don’t have a wetsuit? Talk to Team Aquatic Supplies.

Weather and Water Quality

Kitsilano Beach Weather Link

Kitsilano Beach Water Quality Report

VOWSA reserves the right to reschedule or cancel events if water conditions are unsafe. VOWSA reserves the right to refuse entry based on safety or health concerns or previous violations of official rules.


Previous years’ results can be found on the SportStat website by searching for Kits Challenge.

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