Sunrise Rotary hosts world’s only OCEAN swimarathon at La Jolla Shores for global fight against polio

Members and friends of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary were part of the annual Global Swimarathon Feb. 23 at La Jolla Shores. The Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation will match 2-to-1 funds raised for the worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.

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Photo by Greg Wiest


PHOTO GALLERY: Click on the NEXT> button above to see 10 photos from the 2014 Global Swimarathon at La Jolla Shores.

By Steve Cross
Event Co-Chair

At the 2014 Global Swimarathon Sunday, Feb. 23 at La Jolla Shores, 49 swimmers covered three courses — the original 100-yard course parallel to the beach, an intermediate course, and the XL course to the tip of Scripps Pier.

The La Jolla Sunrise Rotary-sponsored event was a fundraiser for the global fight against polio, netting $10,000 for the cause this year. Polio is a crippling disease still endemic in three countries worldwide.

San Diego Lifeguards Aaron Estess and Gareth Chapman monitored the swimmers. The water temperature was 59-60 degrees and conditions were calm.

In 2012, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary (LJSR) was one of 64 clubs sponsoring a Swimarathon, and the only club to sponsor an ocean swimming event. This year, more than 500 clubs sponsored Swimarathons, however, LJSR remains the only ocean dip to date.

Earlier this year, the Gates Foundation announced it would match two-to-one all Rotary fundraising for End Polio Now. The matching is in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars pledged in prior years by the Gates Foundation.

Polio survivors Jim Poirier and Richard Dolmseth made the swim in La Jolla. Event coordinators Steve Cross and Barbara Held thanked the corporate sponsors who made this year’s event the most successful to date. Next year’s event: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.

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