Del Valle Open Water Festival

2022 5k USMS Long Distance National Championship - August 27th, 2022

2022 1-mile USMS Sprint Distance National Championship - August 28th, 2022   


Registration Info

Saturday 8/27

Online registration for the 5k closes 11:59PM on 8/25/22 or when race participant limit of 350 swimmers is reached.



Entry Fees

$78 pre-race/$85 race-day

Race day registration will be closed when the 350 participant limit has been met


Not a USMS member? Join the fun! By joining USMS when pre-registering for your event at 2022 Nationals, you’ll experience all the benefits of USMS membership, including eligibility for National Championship awards. Those not wishing to join USMS will pay a supplemental $15 non-member (One-Event) fee when pre-registering for their event.


Race Day Timeline

Park Opens - 6:00AM. 

Registration is from 6:45 to 8:00 A.M.

Pre-race instructions at 8:05AM

Race Start/Cutoff Times

The 5k swim starts at 8:30 A.M.  

There will be up to six waves of the 5k race. Race start time is approximate.

Registration is from 6:45 to 8:00 A.M.  The waves will be denoted by different color caps and start 5 minutes apart.

  ******Cutoff Times****** 

Cutoff time will be 11:30 A.M. for the 5k.  5k swimmers not passing turn buoy 6 after their first lap 80 minutes from the start will be directed to swim to shore from turn buoy 6 and be disqualified.  






USMS Awards

  • USMS National Championship medals will be given to the first 6 USMS registered finishers in each sex/age in the Category 1 (non-wetsuit division) (18-24, 25-29, etc.) in the 5k.  One-Event participants are not eligible for medals in the 5k race but will be included in the overall results.
  • Medals will be given to the first 3 finishers in each sex/age in the Category 2 (Wetsuit division) (18-24, 25-29, etc.) in the 5k race.

Youth Division Awards

  • Medals will be given to the first 3 finishers in each sex/age group (11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18) in the 5k race.

Preliminary results for races will be posted on site 30 min after the last swimmer in both races finish. Official results will be posted on this site and on 


COVID 19 Protocols 

We will follow all Alameda County and East Bay Parks COVID-19 protocols a the time of event.  We plan to provide a disposable mask to swimmers that can be worn until entering the water.  A disposable mask will be given to each swimmer upon exit from the race.   We appreciate everyones adherence to state, and local guidelines at the time of the event.


Expected water temperature: 68-75 degrees. Each course is patrolled by safety craft. Participants should be adequately trained for open water swims of this length. Previous experience in similar water conditions is highly recommended. All swimmers must wear the provided swim cap and follow all USMS rules. 

Warm-up in designated roped in swim area only–swimming outside of this area for warm up will result in disqualification.