Rotary members, Cove swimmers gearing up for La Jolla events

In the early-morning hours on Sept. 8, area locals and La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club members will dive into the Pacific Ocean to raise money for San Pasqual Academy, the county’s only residential school for foster teens.

“The swim is one of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary’s annual events,” said Lauren Pickard, chairman of this year’s 22nd annual Bob Litchfield Invitational Swim.

“La Jolla Sunrise Rotary has been raising funds, donating gifts and service to San Pasqual Academy since October, 2000 when it planned and sponsored a luncheon, ‘For Kids Sake,’ which netted $35,000 for the school,” said Barbara Gerber, a former Rotary Community Service Director and co-chairperson of that event.

Consisting of approximately 45 members of all ages, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary meets at 7 a.m. on Thursday mornings at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The club raises money for several local and international charitable and community service programs. It sponsors an annual 4-Way Speech Contest and the Jack Morse Patriotic Speech Contest for local students.

Interested in signing up? Contact Lauren Pickard at (619) 322-7686 or

  1. You may also register at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club at 6:15 a.m., where swimmers will be bused to the Cove to begin the race.

Rough water swim set for Sept. 11

Another summer classic is also on the horizon as the 81st annual La Jolla Rough Water Swim is scheduled for Sept. 11.

The local event is dubbed as America’s premier open water swimming competition and attracts more than 2,000 swimmers ranging in ages from 5 to 85 years old. There are three different levels of competition for all levels of swimming from juniors (250 yards), masters and amateurs (one mile) and gatorman (three miles).

The races get under way at 9 a.m. and both the start and finish lines are at the Cove.

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or call 858.456.2100.