With another school year starting, make sure to add swimming to your routine and try the Fall Fitness Challenge, a 1-mile swim completed between Nov. 15-30, and the third event in the SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series.

This event is designed for anyone who wants to get in shape entering the holiday season or doesn't want to put off their fitness goals until the new year. Whether you're just getting into swimming or back into the sport after a long time away from the pool, swimming 1 mile is an excellent fitness goal. The Fall Fitness Challenge can be done in any manner desired: straight through, as a member of a relay, or even with fins.

If you need help getting ready, we have six-week training plans for swimmers of all ability levels. 

Find a Fall Fitness Challenge Near You

Clubs and Workout Groups Hosting a Fall Fitness Challenge


Nov. 15-30


Check the list of participating clubs for specific dates, times, and locations or swim on your own at your local pool during the event window.

Entry Fees

Sept. 1-Oct. 31: $10
Nov. 1-Nov. 30: $12


Entry net proceeds will go to the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. There will be a fundraising campaign page set up should you choose to use the Fall Fitness Challenge to raise even more money for SSLF. You can, alternately, choose to support any charity or your club with the FFC—it's up to you!


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