I love the Maryland Swim for Life! It is a fun event, well organized, and well supported by kayakers, boaters and USCG. However, I would love to see the event take place a bit earlier in the year, when the water is not quite so hot. For example, the week before the Chesapeake Bay Swim would be perfect! The Bay Swimmers would have a great warmup event, and the water would be cold enough that everyone could wear a wetsuit, if they so desired. Cold water swimmers like me would be able to take on a longer distance (I did 2 miles this year; if the weren't so hot, I would have chosen 4 or 5 miles).