Swim recalls high school days, benefits youths

Swimmers are ready to take off in the 2010 La Jolla Shark Bait Classic. Photo: Courtesy

Put the Fourth Annual Shark Bait Classic on your bucket list, say organizers of an event started after the 30-year reunion of the La Jolla High Class of ’77, when a group of friends were recalling the days when they jumped off the Clam and swam to La Jolla Shores.

The Sept. 18 event — a 1-mile swim from La Jolla Cove to the Shores, a 6-mile run through La Jolla ending at the Cove, with a picnic afterward — is for people of all ages and fitness levels, wrote Kevin Gitre, who founded it with Bob Buckley and Lee Carson.

In an e-mail, he wrote that they “decided to create an event to ensure we would keep doing it officially at least once a year. We wanted to add a sense of purpose and decided to raise money so that underprivileged kids could play youth rugby.”

He added that they chose rugby, which he said is the fastest-growing youth sport in Southern California and will be an Olympic sport in 2016, “because of our passion for the sport and the fact that even a small amount of money could have a major impact on a young man’s life.”

Gitre wrote that they ask for a $15 donation to San Diego Youth Rugby.

The spirit of the event is for people of all ages and fitness levels to get together and participate in a hearty swim / run and then enjoy themselves at the Cove. To learn more and register, visit www.LJSBC.com.

— Light Staff

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