• The 3000 is suited for experienced swimmers comfortable with swimming long distance;
  • It is the same swim as for the Double Olympic event at TriAthy;
  • The 3000 starts and finishes at the same location at the ramp/jetty close to the Courthouse at Athy;
  • To start, swimmers face upstream and swim against the current for the first 900m to the first marker;
  • After the first u-turn at 900m, swimmers then face a 600m downstream section before the second marker;
  • After the second u-turn at 1,500m, swimmers return upstream for 600m before rounding the final marker.
  • After the third u-turn at 2,100m, swimmers complete the swim with a final 900m downstream.
  • Swimmers go by White Castle, and thread one of the eyes of Crom-a-boo bridge before finishing at the jetty.
  • Please note that wetsuits are mandatory for this swim.

Did you know?

  • The River Barrow is Ireland's second longest River and only becomes navigable for boats from Athy onwards.
  • At Athy, it is generally shallow during May with water temperatures in the region of 13 degrees.


We regret to announce that the SwimAthy event planned for Sunday 23 August 2020 will be postponed arising from the COIVD-19 measures currently in place for County Kildare.

We know this will come as a disappointment to many of you, but this decision is in the best interest of all swimmers, stakeholders and the local community at Athy.

We will be in touch with all SwimAthy participants in the coming days with more details surrounding this postponement. Please bear with us while we work out the details.

Yours in sport,

The SwimAthy Team