Adventure Swim set for June 23

The Whidbey Adventure Swim returns to the waters off Langley Sunday, June 23.

The Adventure Swim includes two open-water events: 1.2- and 2.4-mile swims at Seawall Park.

Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at the park, followed by a mandatory pre-race safety meeting at 8:30. The swims begin about 9:30 a.m.

Both events start in the water, follow a rectangular course along the shore and finish on the beach.

Water temperatures are expected to be 55–60 degrees, and wetsuits are required.

The yearly event is hosted by the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation, a nonprofit organization started in 2009 and dedicated to making parks and aquatic activities accessible to all.

Additionally, the foundation has funded a Learn to Swim program for local youth. The foundation’s long-term goal is opening a community pool on South Whidbey.

All levels of experienced, open-water swimmers are invited to participate. While some come to compete, others simply swim for the fun and camaraderie of the sport.

“It’s always good fun to see who comes out for the race,” said Teresa Wiley-Forsyth, this year’s race director. “We get swimmers from all over the country and Canada.”

Local merchants and businesses support the race by providing cash donations and raffle items such as dinners at local restaurants and gift cards.

For more information, visit www.whidbeyadventureswim.org

For more information about the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation, visit www.swpaf.org

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