Great Chesapeake Bay Swim deserved better coverage

I read the whole paper June 10 but found no report of the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim that occurred the day before.

My 62-year-old husband swam in the event for his eighth consecutive year and thus I have had seen the energy and excitement it creates annually. The swim is certainly important enough to warrant an article with photos in the paper.

This year, more than 600 people swam the 4.4-miles distance race starting from Sandy Point State Park. Some swimmers face major handicaps (including the absence of limbs) and others who fail to get all the way across are pulled out by volunteers in kayaks and small boats. The swimmers and volunteers come primarily from Maryland but also from across the country and a few from overseas.

The event raises a lot of money for important causes such as children's health, the March of Dimes, pediatric research, the environment and boating safety.

Shipping is closed for the duration of the swim and people driving across the bridges can see the large vessels sitting there waiting for the channel to reopen. They can also see many of the small craft that help keep the swimmers safe.

There are many aspects of the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim that your reporters could cover. I hope you will report this important annual event and feature it prominently in The Sun.

Carol Newill

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