Special Events

2020 Gainesville Dash & Splash Summer Series

It’s time to be challenged! Come participate in four races to keep fit and have fun this summer! This year we are mixing it up with different race formats and new locations.

Race-day Registration opens 7:00 am.

Race starts at 8:00 am. 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.

Online/Early Bird Registration Fee
City Resident: $19.75*; Non-City Resident $26.75 

On-site Registration Fee
City Resident: $26.75*; Non-City Resident: $40.00

*Proof of residency (GRU Bill or Voter ID card) is required at time of registration. 

Register Online

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. Special T-shirt for each race! Available for those who register by the Thursday before each race.  

Race Dates and Locations

Race #1 Depot Dash & Splash

April 25 Depot Park/ Mickle Pool (online closes April 23)
Run-Swim format.  1.5 mile run, 300y swim
Start @ Depot Park, finish @ Mickle Pool

Race #2: Northeast Dash & Splash

May 16 Northeast Pool (online closes May 14)
Run-Swim format. 2 mile run, 400m swim
Start and finish @ Northeast Pool



 Race #3: Westside Dash & Splash

June 27 Westside Pool (online closes June 25)
Run-Swim format. 5k run, 600m swim
Start and finish @ Westside Pool


Race #4: 8th Ave. Dash & Splash

July 25 Westside Pool (online closes July 23)
Run-Swim format. 4 mile run including 8th Ave hill, 800m swim
Start and finish @ Westside Pool




K9 Splash Bash (APKA Drool & Ghoul)

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.

Food, drinks, vendors and more!

In late October, bring your four-legged pal to H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool and make a splash at our annual pool party. It’s Dog-Gone Fun!

Date varies by year

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

Admission: TBA

See some of the pictures form last year's event, courtesy of the Gainesville Sun.

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. 

June 18, 2020
10am - 10:30pm

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!

Sign up now for summer swim sessions!