Swim Across America Returns to Kiawah Island August 5

Swimmers of all ages and levels are invited to take part in the second Kiawah Island charity swim. Your participation will help to “Make Waves to Fight Cancer” and raise money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment.

Swimmers may participate in 1.5-mile and 0.5-mile swim options. This is not a competition, but a fundraising event for everyone, both swimmers and volunteers. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer.

The Open Water Swim will take place on Sunday, August 5, with registration and opening ceremonies, including Olympian meet and greet, from 6:00 am to 8:30 am, followed by the swim from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. Registration is limited to the first hour. Click here for registration information.

Olympian Kristy Kowal will be joining the festivities all weekend long. Kowal won the silver medal in the 200M breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. Local Steve Gregg will also be joining us. Gregg won silver in the 200M Butterfly in the 1976 Montreal games.

Swim Across America is a national non-profit that runs swimming-related events throughout the country to support cancer research. To date, more than $75 million has been raised nationwide over the last 31 years and more than 100 Olympians have participated in SAA events. For more information, visit the website.

-Submitted by Ryan Baucom

(Photos by Rivers Rudloff)