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Hundreds take part in annual Beaufort River Swim

  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Swimmers take to the water Saturday at the annual Beaufort River Swim.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Erek Nelson set the pace with a time of 50 minutes, 46 seconds, and was first to cross the finish line.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today George Mereno took second place. He was last year’s winner.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Josie Cuda finished first among women with a 56:38 mark.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Volunteer kayakers get a safety briefing before the race starts.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Kayakers float beside swimmers to ensure safety during the swim.
  • Michelle Flores/Beaufort Today Onlookers gather at the marina to wait for the swimmers to arrive.

Jumping into the Beaufort River from the downtown marina dock has become a Lowcountry tradition. The 11th Beaufort River Swim took place Saturday as hundreds gathered to swim 3.2 miles across the river in support of the YMCA of Beaufort County.

The swim began in 2006 to promote the sport of swimming during the Beaufort Water Festival, but slowly grew into an event of its own. The YMCA took charge of the event in 2008.

More than $10,000 was raised last year for the YMCA’s Learn to Swim program. Through donations, a scholarship program and outside grants, more than 850 people took part in swim lessons and aquatic programming and education at the YMCA.

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