5K running race on Saturday, The Beaufort River Swim+5K is quickly becoming a Beaufort and Lowcountry tradition. The River Swim began in 2006 as a way to promote the sport of swimming while the Local Water Festival was occurring. It quickly began to take shape as an event all of its own! The YMCA took charge of the event and hosted it to start 2008. While initially the competitive swim had two different lengths, we realized that having everyone swim the same distance and start together was much more clear and fun for the competitors.
The competitive event is now set as a 3.2-Mile Open water swim along the shoreline of Beaufort, highlighting the natural beauty of the area. And back again is the 1-Mile 'Fun Swim" which will start at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital dock. This is a great opportunity to experience what swimming in open water is like or just kick back and enjoy the scenic view of Beaufort from the water.
In 2020 we added a running race to our popular open water swim event upping the ante for competitive athletes, biathletes and triathletes! For 2021 events we have expanded into a 2-day event with the addition of the 8K and Fun Run on Friday, June 11 and creating 3 Challenges to test athletes as they competed in Run/Swim\Run Challenge, Swim/Run Challenge and 3-person Relay Team Challenge. Plus keeping our individual competitive 8K running race, 5K running race on Saturday, 3.2-Mile Beaufort River Swim and non-competitive 1-mile Fun Swim.
Please join us and be a part of this great event and help us towards our goal of being safe around the water and learning to swim!
Proceeds of the Beaufort River Swim Benefit Our Learn to Swim Program:
Last year we raised over $15,000 at the Beaufort River Swim. Individuals who wouldn't have the access or means to learn to swim are able to, through generous donations and support from individuals like you. In addition to support from the River Swim, our own scholarship program and outside grants such as the Y-USA Safety Around the Water grant, allowed over 900 individuals to be positively impacted through swim lessons and aquatic programming and education at the Y. In 2019 the Y taught over 900 kids and adults to swim!
Swimmers of all levels participate in the River Swim: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age group swimmers. The swimming portion of the race starts at Port Royal Landing Marina, travels around the bend, passes the Hospital, and finishes at the Boat Ramp at the corner of the Downtown Marina, adjacent to Waterfront Park. The *NEW* 5K portion of our event takes place in downtown Beaufort starting at the Downtown Waterfront Park after the swim portion of the race, crossing the Woods Bridge, taking a right on Meridian Road, turning around at approximately 1/2 mile and repeating the same course back to the finish. NOTE: 5K LAND RACE IS PART OF THE BRS, BUT ONLY IN COMBINATION WITH EITHER SWIM OR RELAY TEAM! THE ONLY STAND-ALONE RUNNING RACE IS THE 8K ON FRIDAY, JUNE 11.
The YMCA is a not for profit organization promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The organization is overseen by a volunteer board of directors within the community.