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OUR 2021 SWIM IS ON!Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint, Idaho

We're completely pleased to announced the 2021 Long Bridge Swim will proceed in our grand 26-year tradition!

After the COVID-19 pandemic sank our 2020 Long Bridge Swim, we are all systems go for the 2021 swim, to be held on Saturday, August 7, 2021. And you can register right now, so why wait? Click to register.

Our decision last year to cancel the 2020 swim came after due consideration of the many factors arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, and our desire to keep swimmers, volunteers and spectators safe. We have applied all that same criteria this year in making our decision to proceed with our 2021 race. We will be practicing all recommended health precautions to keep our swimmers safe, both in and out of the water.


Are you 'bout ready to swim? Be sure you're registered, for starters. Click now! And here are further details for our 2021 swim.

  • Early Packet Pick Up is Friday, August 6th from 5:30-7 PM at Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Street in Sandpoint.
  • Last chance to register is Friday, August 6th. If you haven't registered online by clicking right now, you may register in person, from 5:30-7 PM at Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Street in Sandpoint..
  • THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. So be sure you register online by clicking right now, or in person on Friday, August 6th at Sandpoint High!
  • Regular Packet Pick Up: Saturday, August 7 from 6:30-7:30 AM at Sandpoint High School. Please note lines get considerably longer after 7:15 AM so please plan accordingly. Our volunteers are swimmers too.
  • Mandatory Safety Meeting for all swimmers is at 8 AM on Saturday, aka Swim Day, at Sandpoint High School, 410 S. Division Street in Sandpoint. There's plenty of parking. Following the mandatory safety meeting, we will shuttle all swimmers to the south end of the Long Bridge where the swim starts.
  • Faster swimmers who want to start in the water should load onto the front buses.
  • Some buses will be mask optional, other buses will be mask required in order to allow all our swimmers to feel comfortable. So pick the ride of your choice!
  • For additional questions, please click to our FAQ page.
  • Swim start time on Saturday, August 7, is approximately 9 AM, when we have all swimmers to the start location.
  • Our 2021 swim will be epic! Thanks for swimming with us!

To register for 2021, sign in to your account at, and make sure you are using the same email you registered with in 2020. Do NOT click "sign up" but rather take these steps:

  1. After you've signed in, click on your profile in the upper right hand corner...
  2. That takes you to a new screen. Make sure it's you and not another racer under your account, then click on the green "Claim" button, then the "Deferrals" tab.
  3. Then you'll click on "Complete Deferral," then select the race by clicking "Start Transfer."

Entry fees offset event expenses, with the balance going to support swim lessons for local children. Would you like to donate a bit extra? The mission of our initiative is to see that no child in Bonner County gets past third grade without learning to swim. Especially in these challenging times for all nonprofit organizations to say nothing of confused times for children in their schooling and extracurricular activities we hope for additional donations to support this life-saving and life-changing program. Please, if you can donate, do donate!


If you are not acquainted, our annual Long Bridge Swim is held the first Saturday in August. Located in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho, this 1.76-mile swim across Lake Pend Oreille is one of the Northwest's premier open-water events. Because it parallels the namesake Long Bridge into Sandpoint, it offers the unique chance for friends and family of swimmers to follow along the swim course from the bridge.

To see how other participants do, click here to see the results of the 2019 race.

Register now ... or at least, save that date! This year's swim will be on August 7, 2021. Remember, you can register right now, but if you can't pencil it in just yet be sure to save the date - and then get back here to register soon as possible.

The 2021 event will be our 26th annual swim! We hope to see you in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho.