As you plan your summer calendar, please consider supporting these local
cause-related, community-based events and organizations:
Saturday, June 23: 13th Annual
Narrow River Turnaround Swim,
URI Campanella Rowing Center, North Kingstown, RI. One-mile open water race and
fundraiser for the Narrow River Preservation Association. $35 registration. Low
key race that traditionally kicks off our local summer open water season. The
2017 event sold out with 150 swimmers. Water temp is usually in the mid to high
seventies. Wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions.
Saturday, June 30: 25th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim, New Bedford to Fairhaven, NA. 1.2 mile open water
race and fundraiser for the membership-supported nonprofit Buzzards Bay
Coalition. This event includes individual age group, youth team, and adult team
awards. Use the code MASTERS18 to save $25 on the registration fee. $150
fundraising minimum. The 2017 event had over 350 swimmers registered but was
canceled due to lightening. Water temp is usually 68-70 degrees. Wetsuits
Sunday, July 8: Clean
Ocean Access Newport Harbor Swim to Skim (formerly
the Newport Sharkfest Swim), Newport, RI. Two distances to choose from: 0.9
mile or 1.5 mile open-water swim through Newport Harbor from Perrotti Park to
King Park. $55 registration fee. Wetsuits allowed. Proceeds benefit the
Middletown RI-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access, which does great work on a
shoestring budget. VIP swimmers will include Olympian Elizabeth Beisel and
local marathon swimmer Trent Theroux who is preparing for his ”Back to Britain” English Channel charity
swim later this summer.
RESULTS PHOTOS Newport Daily News ARTICLE & VIDEO
Saturday, July 14: 8th Annual Waterman
Town Beach, RI. One-mile swim (wetsuits allowed) and three-mile paddle board
races with awards, sponsor tents and environmental awareness displays at one of
the nicest beaches anywhere. $40 registration for one race or $60 for both.
Proceeds from this event help support the Janice “Mama C” Causey Memorial Art
Scholarship for young students. The 2017 event had over 150 swimmers.
NEW! Friday, August 3: Beisel Youth Freestyle Clinic, Roger Williams University Aquatic Center, Bristol, RI. Olympian and Saunderstown native Elizabeth Beisel will provide freestyle swim technique instruction to 8-to-12-year olds at 10 AM and 13-to-18-year-olds at 11:30 AM. There will be time for photos. Spaces are limited. Part of the $50 registration will benefit Save The Bay.
Saturday, August 4: 42nd Annual Save The Bay – Narragansett Bay Swim, from Newport Navy Base, Newport, to Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI. Iconic 1.7 nautical mile (~2 statute mile) open water swim across the channel along the span of the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge. $400 fundraising minimum. With up to 500 swimmers, this event is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser to help protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Join our SwimRI Save The Bay Team, swim with Olympian and Save The Bay Ambassador Elizabeth Beisel and get in on our team shirts, photo, mimosa brunch at “The Ganny,” and potential team party later that day (TBD).
Wednesday, August 8: Salty Brine Swim Charity Dinner to benefit the Alzheimer's Association @ George's of Galilee Restaurant, Narragansett, RI. Casual $10 dinner buffet at 7:15pm after the 6pm NOSE open-water training swim at scenic Salty Brine State Beach. Please click the "Chip In" button to pay $10 for the buffet and be added to the RSVP list. Donations to the charity will be accepted onsite via cash or check (made out to Alzheimer's Association) or online via the Tribute Fund page at http://act.alz.org/goto/pauline-capobianco.
Saturday, September 8: Swim Across America Rhode Island Open Water Swim, Roger Wheeler Beach, Narragansett, RI. One-mile and half-mile fundraising open water swims to support cancer research and clinical trials at Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island. $250 fundraising minimum. The 2017 event sold out with ~600 swimmers and multiple Olympians on hand. Join SwimRI's SAA-RI fundraising team. Last year we continued the post-Swim festivities on the beachfront deck at George’s of Galilee.
See the SwimRI UPCOMING RACES & EVENTS webpage for more open water and pool events of potential interest to local competitive and recreational swimmers.