Great Salt Pond Swim

Saturday, July 29
Fri, 07/28/2017 - 2:15pm

The Committee for the Great Salt Pond has put out the word about “Swim the Pond: 3”, taking place on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at Andy’s Way. This third annual swim is guaranteed to be a great time for all swimmers and their supporters. This one-mile swim is limited to 150 participants. And if you think you could never swim a mile, think again. It is a fun swim, not a race, without timing chips, for all different types of swimmers. There will be five waves of swimmers; in the fifth wave you can use most types of flotation devices such as fins, kickboards, inner tubes and snorkels. And you have one-and-a-half hours to complete the swim.

The course consists of a buoy line from Andy’s Way Beach set west toward Beane Point, half-mile long. Once the last buoy is reached and rounded, the course then returns to the beach. As safety measures, boats, kayaks and paddle boarders will be present. At the finish, pizza, fruit, and granola bars will be served.

The event supports the efforts of the Committee for the Great Salt Pond to protect this island treasure by providing funds for water-quality testing throughout the pond. It is also a great way to experience the Pond — actually immersing yourself in it!

You can register the day of the swim until 10 a.m. Each swimmer will receive a swim cap, long sleeve shirt, beach towel, and a medallion after completing the swim. The registration fee for this event is $50. 

Why should you swim? 

•Swim because you can.

•Swim because you know how.

•Swim because your mother said

it could save your life someday.

   She’s right, you know.

•Swim for your glutes.  Your back.

   Your heart.

•Swim to start off a great day.

•Swim to shake off a bad one.

•Swim for your school.

For your city.

•To turn disability into strength.

•To become a better runner.

A better athlete.

•Swim for it.

Whatever it may be.