YMCA of Youngstown



The Splash and Dash has been Canceled for 2021

What’s a Splash and Dash?

The YMCA’s Splash & Dash is a multi-sport event for the youngest athletes in your family. Children ages 5-12 participate in two stages, a swim and run with distances based on their age and capability. It’s a timed event, but there are no awards for winning a heat or an age category; just an opportunity to build confidence, experience a feeling of accomplishment at the finish line, and some bonding with family as they’re supported and encouraged from the edge of the pool or sidewalk.

When and where is it?

The Splash & Dash will take place on Saturday, July 31 with the first heat starting at 8:30 am. The entire event is safely contained on the YMCA property using the outdoor pool, closed drives, and outdoor running track.

How does the swim portion work?

All children must pass a swim test in the days prior to the event. Members can do this at any time by requesting an opportunity with the lifeguard during each hour’s pool break. Those who have already passed the test this year do not need to take it again. Non-members can take the test on July 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28 at 6:45 or 7:45 pm. No guest fee will be charged. No swim tests will be administered after Wed, July 28. Those passing the swim test prior to the event will be given a green wristband at packet pickup on race morning.

My child didn’t pass the swim test. Can they still participate?

Those not passing the deep water swim test must wear a coast guard approved
vest during their swim portion. No exceptions.

What are the age groups and distances the children swim and run?

We kept it as simple as possible. The age groups are in two-year increments. They will only be placed in heats with children of similar ages. Age groups are 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 years. Distances for the swim are 25, 50, 75, and 100 yards respectively. (25 yards is one length of the pool. 50 yards is one lap.) The running lengths are not quite as exact, but they’ll run about a 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 3/4 mile, and 1 mile respectively. Everyone finishes in the same spot.

What else do we get with the entry fee?

Besides the event itself, registered participants receive a race shirt, goodie bag,
a coupon for a picnic lunch at and an opportunity for their family to join them for
a swim at the outdoor pool at 11 am.

How do I sign up?

Just click this link. Registration is live and we make it simple to sign up online.
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get closer.

The Splash and Dash has been Canceled for 2021


Tom Grantonic,
Davis Family YMCA Executive Director