To the Editor,

On Sunday, Aug.11, Salem Sound Coastwatch celebrated our swimmable coastal waters at the 14th Annual Swim & Fin open water swimming races at Salem’s Forest River Park.

A total of 120 swimmers were welcomed into the Salem Harbor to compete in 500-meter, 1-mile and 5K races. Despite the unseasonably cold water, we had a great turn out from our Salem Sound communities. Swimmers were treated to clam chowder from Finz Seafood and coffee from Coffee Time Bake Shop. It was delicious and helped them warm up after a brisk swim. Always great to see so many new swimmers as well as many veterans, some of whom have participated in all 14 events!

The open water swim concluded the “Race for Salem Sound,” which started in June with the Run for the Beach 5K at Beverly’s Dane Street Beach.

Both events were very successful, raising more than $20,000 for Salem Sound Coastwatch’s environmental programs to keep our waters clean and safe and to educate the next generation of ocean enthusiasts.

We appreciate the incredible community support for the Race for Salem Sound, and we extend our grateful thanks to the many businesses, organizations and people that made these events possible. We would especially like to recognize the cities of Salem and Beverly parks and recreation departments and the Salem harbormaster.

Many thanks go to the sponsors of both events: CSL Americas, Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem Five Bank, Finz Seafood Restaurant, BMC Corporation, Village Tavern, ACF Environmental, Cabot Wealth Management, Eastern Bank, New England Civil Engineering, JM Electrical, Marblehead Bank, Meridian Associates, N. Granese and Sons, North Shore Bank, Pumel Enterprises, Soucy Insurance, SumCo Eco-Contracting, The Salem Inn, Salem Harbor Station, Great Hill Dental Partners, Salem Witch Museum, Beverly Bank, Acapulcos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Bobrek Engineering and Construction, Desjardins Insurance Agency, Hawthorne Hotel, Ronan, Segal and Harrington, Seaboard Products, Correnti and Darling, LLP, Fred J. Dion Yacht Yard, Winter Island Yacht Yard, Far from the Tree Cider, Dr. A Lichelle Aldana, DDS, Armstrong Field Real Estate, Banville Optical, SAFE, Beverly Animal Natural Health Center, John Swain of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Jubilee Yacht Club, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital and Front Street Coffee House.

We also appreciate the many in-kind donations given by the following businesses and individuals: Body & Soul Massage, Boston Marriott Peabody, CinemaSalem, City of Salem, Coffee Time Bake Shop, Panera Bread, North Shore Music Theatre, Evviva Cucina, Kelly Novak - Musician, Kim Mimnaugh – Photographer, Boston Marriott Burlington, New England Running Company, Boston Harbor Cruises, Intershell Seafood Corp., New England Aquarium, House of Seven Gables, Sylvan Street Grille, Northey Street Bed & Breakfast, TJ Maxx, Pamplemousse, Melt Ice Cream, Richardson’s Ice Cream, Peabody Essex Museum, Roost & Company, Mission on the Bay, Life Alive, Salem Trolley, Rusty and Ingrid, Salem Spice, The Lobster Shanty, Olive Garden, Seven Seas Whale Watch, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Stop & Shop, Bit Bar, Turner’s Seafood Restaurant, The Land of Witches and Pirates, Trader Joe’s, Mercy Tavern, Yoga Sakti, The Castle, Warwick Cinema, Turtle Alley Chocolates, The Flatbread Company and Adriatic Restaurant.

And finally, we thank the hundreds of swimmers and runners who participated and the many volunteers who made things run smoothly, from the safety kayakers at the swim to those who directed runners on the course. Thanks for helping Salem Sound Coastwatch make this a better place to live and play.

Rebecca Dupont-Coutu

President

Barbara Warren

Executive Director

Salem Sound Coastwatch

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