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At South Boston competition, more than $5,000 raised to support clean water

Posted by Patrick Rosso  August 6, 2013 08:50 AM

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(Image courtesy Save the Harbor/Save the Bay)


Swimmers took to the water Saturday to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.


More than $5,000 was raised over the weekend in South Boston to support Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the Surfrider Foundation.

On Saturday 50 swimmers and 35 paddlers took to Dorchester Bay for the organizations' Swim and Paddle Board for Boston Harbor, held at the Curley Recreation Center.

"Just a few years ago even a small summer rain would have forced us to cancel this event due to pollution from storm water," Bruce Berman, a spokesperson for Save the Harbor/Save the Bay said in a statement. "Today we are proud to celebrate the fact that the South Boston beaches are now safe for swimming virtually every day, no matter what the weather."

Katie O'Dair of Watertown and Adam Homaki of Boston took home the title for swimmers without wetsuits and Geoff Melton of Brookline and Anna Sheridan of Lexington took home the title for swimmers with wetsuits.

"What a great way to spend a summer day," Sharon Beckman, a Boston College professor who was the largest fundraiser, said in a statement. "In the early 1980's I trained for my English Channel crossing on these beaches when they were filthy. Now I delight in the sparkling water and clean sand."

In the stand up paddle board race Mark Jacobson of Lexington and Kathleen Franey of York, ME won their respective fields.

To learn more about the competition and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s work, click here.


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(Image courtesy Save the Harbor/Save the Bay)


Paddlers headed out into Dorchester Bay from the Curley Recreation Center.

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