La Jolla Sunrise Rotary’s public swim event will raise funds to fight polio, Feb. 23

Swimmers of all ages are invited to participate in the Rotary Global Swimarathon, Sunday, Feb. 23 at La Jolla Shores, hosted by La Jolla Sunrise Rotary. All proceeds will be donated to the Polio Plus Fund to help eradicate polio worldwide.

Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. at the Shores Lifeguard Tower. The swim will begin at 7:30 a.m.

This event has already set three Guinness World Records since its inception three years ago. Similar to previous years, thousands of people from Rotary Clubs across six continents will line up to swim in pools, rivers, lakes and even the ocean. Participants are asked to swim a minimum of 100 yards.

In 2012, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary organized the only Rotary ocean swim in the world, earning it a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, it remains Rotary’s only ocean event worldwide.

Swimarathon pre-registration forms are available at the La Jolla Cove bulletin board and La Jolla Athletic Club, 1200 Prospect St. However, pre-registration is not required. Event participation is $60. Participants can register the morning of the event. Checks should be made out to La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Foundation.

Wetsuits, fins and other swimming aids are allowed. Those who don’t wish to swim are welcome to help out as safety kayakers or just cheer on the swimmers!

For more information, contact Steve Cross at For details about the Global Swimarathon, check out