Swim Around Charleston

The race will take place in September/October with a start time TBD to take advantage of a favorable incoming tide. All race entries are due by the deadline.

This swim is a 12 mile open water swim in the Charleston waterways and harbor.  Check in and pre-race meeting will be held once again Saturday night, Oct. 5, 5 p.m. at the Omar Shrine Temple, located at 176 Patriots Point Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.  The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and last for about 45 minutes.

The swim will begin at Remleys Point in Mount Pleasant, SC, proceed across the Cooper River to the Charleston side, parallel the peninsular city and proceeding north up the Ashley River to the finish point at I-526. There is a Charleston county boat landing serving as the take out spot for swimmers.

The race start has been calculated for participant safety and to allow as many swimmers the best possible chance of finishing. Very fast swimmers may have to swim through the last of the outgoing tide in the Ashley river. There is a time limit of six hours to complete the event. Swimmers unable to finish in the allotted time will be removed from the water.

Swim Course


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Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for much more information!

About the race director:

Kathleen Wilson has been at the forefront of marathon swimming since 1997 with her first long swim around Key West.  Since that time, her major swims, in addition to Key West, include the Manhattan Island marathon swim, the English Channel, Tampa Bay marathon swim, Catalina Channel, Lake Zurich, Swim Across the (Long Island) Sound, Santa Barbara Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, Circumnavigation of the Charleston peninsula (16+ miles and a first), Lake Memphremagog, Molokai Channel, Charleston's Hwy. 41 bridge to I-526 Westmoreland Bridge, 25 miles and a first), North Dakota's Red River 36 mile event and the SCAR Arizona event comprising Saguaro, Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes over four days, 41 miles. She has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor as well as a member of the Class of 2018 inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for her body of work as a marathon swimmer and introducing marathon swimming to South Carolina.

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