Kits Challenge

About the Race

Location: Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC.

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

This race is cancelled for 2020. All information below is provided for reference.

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 July 18 2020, 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. You can check the swimmers list at the very bottom of this page, or contact us.

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

For technical problems with registration please contact

Registration Fees

Category Registration Fee
Solo $35 per person
Relay $30 per person All relay team members MUST register individually for this race

Please note all credit card payment transactions include a 2.9% surcharge plus a fixed fee of CAD 0.30 for credit card processing.

Race Waiver

You MUST fill in a race waiver for this event. Please download the waiver, fill it in, and bring it to the race the day of. Those under 19 years old MUST have a parent sign the form. We will have extra forms at registration.

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, WOMEN & MEN
  • 8:45 am — 3 km, WOMEN & MEN
  • 9:45 am — 1.5 km, WOMEN & MEN
  • 10:00 am – 750m, WOMEN & MEN

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.


Registered Swimmers

These are the swimmers who have registered for the 2020 event:

  •  Lynn Brown
  •  Charles Carlson
  •  May Lee Chung
  •  David Gault
  •  Jennifer Getsinger
  •  RuthAnn Gregory
  •  Janet Haigh
  •  Kyle Matheson
  •  Wanda Morris
  •  Ross Nicholson
  •  Brian O'Hara
  •  Alexander Ryan
  •  Richard Sheldon
  •  Lee Vanden Ham
  •  Mike Vanden Ham
  •  Gerda Wever


    Volunteer for Kits Challenge

    Let us know you’re interested in volunteering for Kits Challenge and we’ll get in touch.