The granddaddy of all open water swims, the Alcatraz Sharkfest, is 18 years old and its creators, Dave and Wendy Horning, have decided to extend the coolness of that swim and that brand across the country. Boston is high on their list to include and I am pleased to have helped them select a locale and a charity that the swim will support. The exact weekend next summer is yet to be nailed down but it will be late July or early August when the water will be in the low 70s. The starting point will be the docks jutting out in the water in front of the JFK library at the tip of Columbia Point.
The 1-mile course will take the swimmers roughly along the northern edge of the point back to Carsons Beach in South Boston. That is a nice wide sandy beach which will make it a very pleasant finish area. There are showers and a snack bar there. A walkway along the swim route takes spectators between start and finish and there is lots of parking out near the library and the UMass Boston campus. This will be a very fun swim in clean water away from boat traffic and highly protected from wind and surf. Oh and sharks who will still all be out at the Cape and Islands.
The charity that will receive a portion of the proceeds is Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program where Carole works and which we have been donating to for the 17 years I have been doing the Alcatraz Sharkfest swim. I plan on doing both Sharkfests from now on. Hope to get a lot of local swimmers to join me!