Need to get in shape for the summer? Try the Summer Fitness Challenge, a 2K swim that takes place between July 15-31, and the second event in the SmartyPants Vitamins USMS Fitness Series.

This event is designed for anyone who is looking to get in shape for their summer vacation. Whether you're just getting into swimming or back into it after a long time away from the pool, swimming a 2K is an excellent fitness goal. The Summer 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 preparing for this swim, we have six-week training plans for all types of swimmers.

Find a Summer Fitness Challenge Near You

You’ll have fun training for and completing the Challenge with your club, getting motivation from each other and your coach. If you swim on your own, you can still join a group for the Challenge! The USMS programs listed below will be participating and hosting an official Summer Fitness Challenge at their pool. 

If you don't see a program near you, talk to your coach or club contact about hosting a Summer Fitness Challenge at your pool. Bring your club or workout group together for an inclusive and fun challenge! 

If you're a coach and would like to host a Summer Fitness Challenge at your pool, click the "Host at your pool" button to the right.

Clubs Hosting an SFC


Petaluma Salty Krakens (PSK)
Date: July 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM
Facility: Petaluma Swim Center
900 E. Washington, Petaluma, CA
Club Contact: Karen O'Brien | (707) 322-6803
Club Website

Swymnut Masters (NUTS)
Date: July 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM
Facility: Indian Valley College
1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Club Contact: Shari Cruse | (415) 302-4466
Club Website

Valley Masters Swim Club (VMSC)
Date: July 20, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM
Facility Address:
18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330
Club Contact: Janine Yoder | 
Club Website

South Carolina

Swim Charleston (SCHS)
Date: July 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 AM
Facility Address:
252 Ponsbury Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Club Contact: Cathy Sheafor | (704) 796-1192
Club Website


Masters of South Texas (MOST)
Date: July 16, 2018
Time: 600 AM
Facility: JCC
12500 NW Military, San Antonio, TX 78321
Club Contact: Susan Ingraham | (210) 859-2859
Club Website



Sarasota Tsunami Masters (SRQM)
Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 6:00 AM
Facility Address:
2650 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239
Club Contact: Holly Neumann | (619) 244-2912
Club Website


The Toledo Club (TC)
Date: July 12, 2018
Time: 5:15 PM
Facility Address:
235 14th St, Toledo, OH 91330
Club Contact: Melissa Shaner | (419) 292-1545


Heber Adult Swim Club (HASC)
Date: July 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 AM
Facility: Wasatch Aquatics Center
744 South 200, Heber City, UT 84032
Club Contact: Dennis Tesch | (801) 897-6787

Event dates: July 15 - 31
Entries open: May 1
Entries close: July 31

Host at your pool



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

May 1-June 30: $10
July 1-July 31: $12


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


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