24 Hour Swim Relay In San Francisco

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ned Denison is not the only swimmer traveling around the world to test himself for 24 hours in San Francisco Bay this weekend.

We have about 50 swimmers,” says Suzie Dods who created the 24 Hour Swim Relay in San Francisco.

The 24 Hour Swim is a 4-person relay held in Aquatic Park that started in 2014 and was inspired by the 24 Heures La Tuque 2-person relay sanctioned by the World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation of the 1970s.

It’s the same format as previous years and water looks to be about 11.6ºC (53ºF), so not as cold as 2014, but certainly not as warm as 2015. We have about 20 new people and veterans coming back to help, but not swim. The countries that represented are the United States, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and India. The [American] states that represented include California, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Vermont, New Mexico, Colorado and Massachusetts; so it’s spread pretty far out.”

Video of the 2015 24 Hour Swim Relay courtesy of Lisa Amorao, Cathy Harrington, Laura Leahy, Anne Whalen McLindon, Melissa King, and Suzie Dods from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay.

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