Last Sunday, 652 swimmers met at La Jolla Cove at 7 o’clock in the morning.
Why wouldn’t they linger in their warm beds instead? They were raising money and awareness for two causes: the American Diabetes Association and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.
In support of these foundations, swimmers synchronized 133 teams and 20 solo participants for a 10-mile relay swim. During the relay, each team member or solo swimmer would swim in one-mile increments.
According to John Heffner, the fundraiser’s organizer, the donations from the 2021 race will likely exceed the $32,000 raised in 2019. While the final numbers are still being tallied, expectations are high for a hallmark event in donations and participation.
This year was the tenth of its kind. The La Jolla 10-mile relay fundraiser started in 2010 and continued annually until Covid-19 sank the possibility of a decadal race for that year.
Fortunately, this wonderful community event has broken through the surface of the depths again to benefit neighbors struggling with diabetes and children who are learning to swim.
Additionally, the event is already scheduled for next year, on September 25, 2022. So, if you missed this year, or you just want to ensure your team gets on the roster early, keep an eye out for registration to open up on the La Jolla Cove 10 Mile Relay website.
For now, the website offers pictures of the event and the results dating back to the relay’s initial event eleven years ago.