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Welcome to Maryland Swim for Life!

Swim for Life is an open water swim competition and fundraising event to benefit Washington, DC-area HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations, as well as local watershed organizations that advocate for clean, local waters.

Sanctioned each year by United States Masters Swimming, Swim for Life begins and ends at Rolph's Wharf on the Chester River, which is one of the Chesapeake Bay's most beautiful tributaries. Athletes have the choice of swimming 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 miles. We will again be offering the hugely popular 2.4 Mile Triathlon Challenge swim!!


16 Reviews

Customer Reviews

"Great Event!"


Well-organized and great fun. The support is amazing in and out of the water. Safety is taken very seriously and it is evident that extraordinary care is taken by the organizers to put on a top-notch event that is enjoyed by all.

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Lorna Morris
Choptank, Maryland

"Fun & well organized race"


I completed the 3-mile swim in 2017. It was a well organized but relaxed event. The focus of the event is fundraising/charity but it is timed and there are awards given to the first place in each age group. You can do the swim to compete or just to participate.

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Washington, District of Columbia

"Friendly and fun event "


I have completed the 5 mile race twice and both times I found it to be a very friendly event. There are many distance options to choose from and it's a great event for triathletes, novice open water swimmers and vets alike.

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Andie Nelson
Arlington, Virginia

"I love this race!"


I love this race!  It was much more challenging this year with strong currents and swimming against a stronger tide. I love the vibe of this race because it's not about winning but supporting important charities. And there is always a great picnic after.

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Jodie H Slaughter
Washington, District of Columbia

"Fun and well organized "


I have done this swim a number of times. It is always a great event. The guys who run it are fun, organized and a joy to spend the morning with!

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Baltimore, Maryland

"Great event- well organized and fun"


I served as a kayak lifeguard for the swimmers, and several of my friends swam the event. It was really fun. Its is a very well organized and safe event, and goes to a good cause.

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Chestertown, Maryland