In 1979, four Cape Ann residents swam across Gloucester Harbor in protest of its polluted status. This evolved into an annual Audubon Society-sponsored event to help raise funds for cleaning the harbor, hence the name "Swim for a Clean Harbor." When in 1993 the harbor was deemed clean by the Audubon Society, the efforts of these pioneering swim-eco-activists became a cause for celebration and "Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim" was born. An annual summer favorite for swimmers from all over, the 1.2 mile open water event is now sponsored by New England Open Water Swimming Association (NEOWSA), formerly New England Marathon swimming Association (NEMSA).
New since 2015 is the Clean Harbor Kids swim, a 500 meter swim along the shore of Niles Beach for 8-12 year olds. This is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sport of Open Water Swimming.
In order to promote this event among our young swimmers, we are offering a discount when a parent and child register at the same time. Adults can enter the 1.2 mile swim, while their kids (ages 8-12) can enter the 500 meter swim. Prior to registering, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a parent/child promo code to use when you fill out the registration form.
Please note: The artwork for commemorating this year's event has been finalized and the t-shirts are going to press! Register by Sunday night (8/7) to be guaranteed a t-shirt .
Online registration closes at 11:59 on Thursday 8/11/2016. Registration will be available the day of the event as long as there are spots still open. See below for the event schedule.
$40.00Mar 1 – Jul 31
$50.00Aug 1 – Aug 11
$25.00Mar 1 – Jul 31
$30.00Aug 1 – Aug 11
- August 13 8:00 AM EDT - Lifeguard/kayaker meeting
- August 13 8:45 AM EDT - Pre-race Safety meeting
- August 13 8:45 AM EDT - Clean Kids Swim Staging
- August 13 9:00 AM EDT - Clean Kids Swim Start
- August 13 9:30 AM EDT - Clean Harbor Swim Start