Sunday, April 20, 2014
On May 24, swimmers from around the world will be “Getting Under It” during Charleston's premier swim event, the 13th Annual Lowcountry Splash – Open Water Swim. Last year, a 5-mile swim across the Cooper River beginning at Daniel Island was added and was a huge success.
This is in addition to the original 2.4-mile swim along the Mount Pleasant shoreline, swimming under the Cooper River Bridge and finishing at the Charleston Harbor Marina in front of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.
This isn't just an award-winning competitive swim; it's also for charity, as proceeds from the Splash benefit the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation.
The local not-for-profit organization was established in May of 2002 in memory of Logan Jennings Rutledge.
The foundation supports Lowcountry Aquatic Project Swimming.
The LAPS program teaches swimming lessons and water safety to kindergarten and first-graders in Charleston County School District's lowest socioeconomic schools.
This costs about $150,000 a year to provide more than 1,000 students this free, local learn-to-swim program.
More than 700 swimmers of all levels participated last year in the Splash: triathletes, recreational lap-swimmers and competitive age group swimmers including Olympic swimmers.
The Splash continues to grow in popularity attracting swimmers from 34 states and five countries.
To register or for more information, visit www.lowcountrysplash.com.