Friday, May 9, 2014

Say It Ain't So. 84th La Jolla Rough Water Swim Cancelled

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Due to the City of San Diego's La Jolla Cove renovation project and new Lifeguard Tower construction, the 84th La Jolla Rough Water Swim will be cancelled this year.

Originally, the City's construction schedule was projected to be complete before the September 7th event, but construction has been delayed. This is the first time since 1959 that the La Jolla Rough Water Swim has been forced to cancel its event.

One of the longest running open water swimming events in the world, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim, has been a California summertime classic ocean swim since 1916. It is sad and unfortunate that the near century-long tradition - billed as America's Premier Rough Water Swim - will grind to a halt after 98 years of its founding.

While the La Jolla Cove is the perfect open water amphitheater to observe the thousands of participants, perhaps the event can be temporarily located in another location in La Jolla to preserve the wonderful tradition?

Photo shows the start of the 3-mile Gatorman, one of the premier events in La Jolla.

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