Valley Forge Marathon Swim
Registration is open! Register early and get in for less than $100!
Back for its third year, this swim has been renamed in memory of its founder, Charles Bender. Charles passed away suddenly on March 6, 2017. He was very active as a marathon swimmer, triathlete, and runner. In fact, two days before his death, he ran a 20 mile trail race, with no difficulty. After he and a few others, including the current race director, John Kenny, took an exploratory swim of what became the course, Charles set about to organize and direct the event. He was an energetic presence at swim practices (both as coach and as a swimmer), at triathlons, whether participating or officiating, and in the community. He will be missed!
In its second year, the start/finish point changed, but the overall course remains the same--along the Schuylkill River between Norristown and Valley Forge. It's a scenic swim, and the water is generally calm or at most mildly choppy, so a great swim for newcomers to marathon swimming. Here's the link to apply and/or send questions.