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, check out our coach FAQ page.

Clubs and Workout Groups Hosting a Summer Fitness Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

If there isn't a Masters Swimming club in my area participating, can I swim it on my own?
Yes, you can certainly swim the event on your own. Or, you can always convince a friend to come swim with you and make both of your days better.
Can I wear paddles or fins during the swim?
Yes! For any of the Fitness Series swims, you can wear gear—you can wear every piece of swim gear in your net bag if you’d like. You can swim it all one stroke or—because more friends mean more fun—swim it as a relay with other swimmers.
How do I swim the Challenge as a relay?
Structure the relay anyway you like— by time, distance, stroke, skill level, etc. The only requirement is that all swimmers must be registered for the challenge.
What's the scoop on the training plans?
The training plans contain six-week swim-workout programs to prepare you for the Fitness Challenge. The workouts are written by USMS-certified coaches and cater to three different skill levels.You’ll receive a link to your training plan in the email receipt when you register. If you’re having trouble seeing or downloading the training plan, contact
Where should I input my times after the swim?
The Fitness Series emphasis is on fun and fitness. How fast you swim or how many lengths you swim isn’t recorded. However, to gauge your fitness levels from year to year, you can record it in your personal fitness logs as a reference point for 2019’s challenges.
How can I fundraise for the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation or my team's charity?
You can donate directly or simply share the USMS SSLF donation link set up by your club. Share your fitness goal and ask your social networks to support USMS SSLF. Be sure to sign up with a participating club and use its customized donation link, so that your donations are recorded for that club. Clubs will be recognized for participation and donations. The Winter Fitness Challenge is our USMS SSLF annual fundraiser, so all proceeds for that event go to USMS SSLF. For the Summer and Fall Fitness Challenges, your club may elect to support a local charity.
Does USMS host any other events in which I can participate?
Yes, we sanction nearly 500 pool and open water events annually including National Championships in a range of distances. And if you're looking for longer distance challenge or competitive event check out our pool National Championship and ePostal and Open Water National Championships.
What are the health benefits of swimming?
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that increases circulation, increases flexibility, and lowers blood pressure. Swimming also has mood-boosting benefits and improves sleep. Learn more about the many health benefits of swimming.


July 15-31


Check the list on this page 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. With the fundraising component of the Summer Fitness Challenge, clubs and members have the ability to become fundraisers and show their support for their favorite charities or raise money for their clubs.


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