La Jolla Cove 10-mile relay swim moved to La Jolla Shores due to fear of water contaminants


Citing water quality concerns, the 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 La Jolla 10-Mile Relay Swim was moved from La Jolla Cove to La Jolla Shores. A message posted on the organizations’ website states:

Water testing at La Jolla Cove has indicated a heightened level of bacteria for most of the summer and there have been signs posted to that effect. This condition is attributable to the sea lions who have taken up residence in the Cove. Nevertheless, the Cove has not been closed and people have been swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving throughout the summer. While there are solutions to the sea lion problem, the City has not acted and the signs remain up.

The swim was held at La Jolla Shores, and swimmers met at the end of Vallecitos Road. For the fundraiser (proceeds benefit San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation and American Diabetes Association) participants swim either alone or in relay teams, at least one mile at a time before being relieved by the next swimmer at the water’s edge.

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