A two mile swim for a cause, in a beautiful setting at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Event: Annual Bud Beatty Memorial Swim. Rocky Point Beach and Park in Baltimore County MD. Benefits The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Supporting families and patients with pancreatic cancer. In memory of Bud Beatty who passed away from a 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer in 2002. Bud was an avid open water swimmer and competed in the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Swim several times.
The Course: Triangle shaped 2 mile course with a strong 1/4 finish along the point!
USMS sanctioned event? No USMS or USAT license required, though this is being considered for the future.
Wetsuit legal? Ok for wetsuits but the Bay temp is upper 70’s to low 80’s, so not ideal conditions for wetsuits.
Entry fee: a very reasonable $35, with additional fund-raising welcome to support the cause.
Qualifying time/swim required and/or or seed time requested? Be able to swim the first mile in under 1 hr.
Novice friendly? Perfect swim for the novice open water swimmer. Good landmarks and minimal current. Shallow water in spots.
Safety and support: Kayaks, canoes, private vessels, Coast Guard and Local Fire Department boats. Water on the course.
What you might have to contend with: No jellys predicted. mostly fresh water in upper Chesapeake Bay. Minimal currents. Thunderstorms likely.
Nice features: Park has playgrounds, fishing and a guarded swimming beach for the kids. Bathhouse and pavillions. Party after the swim with 50/50 raffle and giveaways. Free T-shirt and snacks for every participant. T-shirt design contest in the months prior to the swim. Winner gets a free t-shirt and a $25 gift cert to a local sports store.