Special Events

Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween 

Costume Contest & Pool Party 

It’s Dog-Gone Fun! Bring your four-legged pal and make a splash! There are plenty of activities for dog lovers of all ages.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Drive

Admission: $5 per Dog. People are free. Proof of rabies vaccinations required for entry.

Lifeguards will be on duty. Canine life vests suggested for additional safety.

For more information, please call 352-334-5067.       

Be a Top Dog! Supporters needed! Animal groups, organizations and businesses can table at the event or donate financially.

Volunteers are a vital part of making the event great. It’s a perfect chance for any dog lover to help out! For more information, please contact Zachary Frando at 352-393-8736 or by email at frandozb@cityofgainesville.org.

For special needs accommodations, please call 352-393-8732 or TDD 352-334-2069 or email moffittjc@cityofgainesville.org to make arrangements at least 7 days before the event.

Please note that due to Health Department regulations, people will not be allowed to enter or swim in the pool with their dogs. The pool will be thoroughly cleaned before it reopens. Lifeguards will be on duty; however, canine life-jackets are encouraged for additional safety.

2016 Gainesville Biathlon Challenge

Please note that the August 20 Biathlon location has been moved to Dwight H. Hunter "Northeast" Pool. The three remaining races will be held there. The construction along NW 8th Ave. is cause for safety concerns on the running route. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It’s time to be challenged! Come participate in six races alternating between Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool and H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) PoolEach race consists of a 5K run and 800-meter swim. 

Race-day Registration opens 7:00am.

Race starts at 8:00am. Please be advised if maximum capacity  is reached the race will be split into two waves. Second wave will follow 30 minutes after the first.

Ages: 13 Years and Older.Younger children who are currently on a competitive swim team may enter with permission. Please contact 352-393-8751.

Early Bird Registration Fee
City Resident: $18.25, Non-City Resident: $24.25
On-site Registration Fee
City Resident: $24.25, Non-City Resident: $36.25
Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at time of registration. 

Register Early! Save $ by signing up at least two days before the race! Don’t wait–Sprint to enter! 
Online registration closes the Thursday before each race.

Medals for All Participants!

Race Early Registration Deadline Date of Race Pool Results
1 April 21 April 23 Westside Results
2 May 12 May 14 Northeast Results 
3 June 23 June 25 Westside Results 
4 July 14 July 16 Northeast  Results
5 August 18 August 20 Northeast  
6 September 15 September 17 Northeast  Results

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The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™

The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL), to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. 

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Swimming is a life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and the many different national, regional and state wide water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to tell this important story on a local and national level.

Join The World's Largest Swimming Lesson at your local pool, check-in at 9:45 am:

Dwight H. Hunter (Northeast) Pool
H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool
Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool

FREE Family Fun Nights

On Thursday and Friday nights Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool offers extended hours for family swim time! From 5 to 7 pm, admission to the pool is FREE as we encourage families to come out and enjoy time together at the pool.

Andrew R. Mickle Sr. Pool
1717 SE 15th Street

Come make a splash with quality time together!

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