Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Suzie Dods is an enabler.

The marathon swimming visionary behind the 24 Hour Swim Relay San Francisco’s Aquatic Park is hosting the second annual event on February 6-8th 2015.

Her vision and work behind the scenes were the reasons why her inaugural event was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year and why there is so much anticipation for her second iteration.

Interested 6-person teams can contact her with questions at [email protected].

The 24-hour event is based on the 24 Heures La Tuque in Canada. But instead of an elite cadre of professional marathon swimmers racing around a small circular lake in Québec, Dods brings hardy amateurs from around the world to slug it out in the cold, rainy, wavy San Francisco Bay. She motivates swimmers of all abilities, ages and backgrounds to take part within the view of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge in a cool mid-winter swim.

The camaraderie, the passion, and the courage of aquatic adventurers at the 24 Hour Swim are profoundly appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed by all its participants and volunteers. For her creative vision, for her organizational and decision-making skills, for her tenacity and grit to see the event through to completion, Suzie Dods’s 24 Hour Swim is a worthy nominee for the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

NOTE: only 10 more spaces are available.

Photo shows Suzie Dods with 2014 participants Greg Lendahl, John Chapman, and Bruckner Chase.

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