Swim the Loop
September 29 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
The North Carolina Coastal Federation works to protect and restore water quality along our coast. Swim the Loop celebrates our precious water resources with two open water swim races, with a portion of the proceeds going to help the federation with restoration projects that improve water quality.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Swim the Loop will benefit the federation’s restoration projects that improve water quality.
Hundreds of people walk “the loop” around Wrightsville Beach every day but in 2014, the organizers of this race decided it would be fun to have a challenging and competitive open water swim through the nearby waters surrounding Harbor Island. Swim the Loop, which is now an annual event, features two open water races, the Motts Channel 1.3-mile swim and the 3.5-mile swim around the Wrightsville Beach water “loop.”
Annually, the North Carolina Recreational Water Quality Program issues swim advisories for the waters around Wrightsville and other barrier island waters, which means the water has levels of bacteria that exceed standards set for safe bodily contact. Typically, large rain events lead to high volumes of polluted stormwater runoff, which creates the conditions that lead to high levels of waterborne bacteria and subsequent swim advisories.
A portion of the Swim the Loop process supports the work of the federation and partners to reduce swim advisories and improve local water quality as part of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan. Some of these stormwater projects that effectively decrease the volume of polluted stormwater can be seen on the Walk the Loop for Clean Water Tour. Studies have shown the retrofit projects have been successful, and the federation continues to work with partners to install more of these projects around Wrightsville Beach.
For more information about volunteer opportunities or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Bonnie Mitchell, coastal outreach specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-509-2838 ext. 204.
For more information on the race and registration visit swimtheloop.com.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs or activities.