Hundreds take part in annual Beaufort River Swim
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.
For more on the Beaufort River Swim, turn to 1B.