Kitsilano Challenge

Race Information

2018 Race Date: Sunday, July 15

Location: Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC.

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

For questions about the race please contact kitsrace “at”


Register Here

Registration closes 1 week in advance of the race date (Sunday, July 8 at 11:55 pm PDT)

For technical problems with registration please contact president “at”

Only 300 swimmers may enter.


2018 Registration Fees

Category Entry Fee
Kitsilano Challenge SOLO $35 (per person)
Kitsilano Challenge RELAY $30 (per person)
All relay team members MUST register individually for this race

Please note a 2.9% surcharge for credit card processing will be added at the time of registration.

Refund policy

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 the Kits Challenge, however, they are recommended.

During Registration swimmers must indicate whether or not they plan to wear a wetsuit. On Race Day if you want to switch your wetsuit category, you MUST LET US KNOW. This is both for safety reasons and for accuracy. If you do not inform us of your switch regarding your wetsuit category and you cross the finish line NOT in your registered category, you will be disqualified from the event, and your results will not appear.

Don’t have a wetsuit? Talk to Team Aquatic Supplies about trying out or buying an Aquasphere wetsuit. They are located at 107 – 2120 Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. You can also visit them to find a great selection of swim caps, goggles, swim suits and other swimming accessories. You can contact them at (604) 770-3641 . Please mention you heard of them through VOWSA.


A signed waiver is required for entry into each VOWSA event.

Please bring a completed VOWSA WAIVER 2018 – Kits Challenge with you to Check In.

Additional Information

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.

If you have any photos of the race and would like to share them on VOWSA’s FacebookFlickr page, please email President “at” with the subject line: VOWSA Photos – Kits Challenge

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors, who have provided prizes, food & drinks for this event