There are numerous new open water swims being planned around the world. These new events join the thousands of open water swimming competitions that are over 10 years old. There are several dozens of events that are over 50 years old.

But when open water swimming events reach their 100th anniversary, it is a very unusual commemorative happening.

This year, the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Ireland on July 12th will celebrate its centennial anniversary.

The famous 2 km Irish swim where swimmers swim 1,700m downstream and tackle 300m upstream is held in the Lee River that runs through the center of Cork. With over 420 participants in the 99th edition, the event is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. Originally held in 1914, the event annually draws crowds in excess of 5,000.

Most swimmers compete for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29…up to 80-84) while others raise money for local charities. Following the swim a very social atmosphere continues on the boardwalk outside the Clarion Hotel and various festivities well into the night.

Follow the event on Facebook and participate in order to be a part of a unique piece of open water swimming history on July 12th.

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