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By Greg WiestBarbara Held and Steve Cross of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary coordinated the 2013 Rotary Swimarathon on Feb. 23, 2013 at La Jolla Cove, linking their 52 participants with more than 15,000 swimmers from 250 Rotary Clubs worldwide — all to raise funds and awareness for the fight against polio.
Last year, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary organized the only ocean swim in the world, earning it a mention in the Guinness Book of Records.
As swimmers exited the chilly ocean waters, Rotary volunteers provided them with hot drinks, fruit, pastries and the most popular item — steaming hot towels. Members of La Jolla Cove Swim Club and the La Jolla Coves Dawn Patrol both entered teams of swimmers.
Funds raised at the event (and through March 15, 2013) will go to fight polio worldwide. Checks can be made payable to: “La Jolla Sunrise Foundation for Polio Plus” and mailed to:
PO Box 8625
La Jolla, CA 92038
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