Charity Swims

A Charity swim is an open water swimming event, relay, stage swim or race with the primary goal of raising money, media attention and awareness for a cause, individual or non-profit organization, especially among individuals and non-traditional donors.

Howdy Honda Cap 2k 11th Annual Open Water Race & Pledge Swim @ Lady Bird Lake / Tx. Rowing Center / Eiler's Park
May 4 all-day

Description — Austin's signature open water swimming event — A 2,000+ meter open-water course — the only downhill swimming race in Texas.

Join us for fun, health & fitness, to promote clean water & water conservation, to promote open water swimming, and to raise money to fight Prostate Cancer.  Entrants race, some swim leisurely, all enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of this lush and gorgeous wooded setting in the middle of Austin, Texas!

Date — May 4, 2013

Check-in: 8:30-9:30a
Race Start:
Picnic, Music & Awards:

Divisions — Masters • Youth • Wetsuit • High School

Benefiting Charity —  Us TOO International. 100% of all donations go for Prostate Cancer Support, Education, Awareness & Advocacy.

Spectating —  View the entire swim, start to finish, from the MoPac Pedestrian Bridge or enjoy the ride and birds-eye view on the Howdy Honda Cap 2k Cruise on  Capital Cruises double-decker paddlewheel boat.  See race site for details & sign-up.

Post-Race Picnic Lunch, Music & Awards: — Howdy Honda Cap 2k finishers & friends celebrate with post-race picnic at Eiler’s Park.  Free lunch for participants. Awards ceremony, & live music by Austin’s locals. Guest lunch may be prepaid online. First come.

Howdy Honda Cap 2k finishers & friends celebrate with post-race picnic at Eiler’s Park. Free lunch for participants.  Awards ceremony, & live music by Austin’s locals. Guest lunch, while available, may be prepaid online at

Ben Hair Memorial Open Water Meet @ Lake Anna - Christopher's Run Campground
May 17 all-day

The Ben Hair Open Water Race meet features a range of opportunities with race distances from 500m up to 5k, a large block of camping area at the race site (as well as many other lodging options, see below), and an open water clinic for both coaches and swimmers. In an effort to enhance the team aspect of this event we are including team scoring and a new event - the Team Time Trial (also know as the "Team Pursuit"). The result is a meet that can provide the athlete with a range of team-oriented, challenging, and motivating events.

2nd Annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim @ 2nd ANNUAL AARON VAUGHN MEMORIAL FROGMAN SWIM
Jun 1 @ 6:00 am – 10:00 am

This 5K & 1K open water swim (fixed buoy course) will honor one of America's finest. Aaron Vaughn, a member of DEVGRU (SEAL Team VI), was KIA on Aug. 6th, 2011 when a Chinook helicopter crashed in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan. All 30 American warriors on board lost their lives that day. This crash represented the single largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history.

The Annual Aaron Vaughn Memorial Frogman Swim is the primary fundraiser for Operation 300 Camp. - an extreme adventure camp for children of fallen soldiers.

All registrants will receive free breakfast, juice, coffee, and fruit as well as a free lunch for our awards celebration! The first 200 registrants will be guaranteed an event sports bag full of goodies, including a specially designed, one-of-a-kind T-shirt from "Forged Clothing~ An American Brand" (A San Diego company founded by 2 Navy SEALs)

This will be a family-fun day. Events will be planned throughout the morning to entertain your children, including a 50 yard Tadpole Swim, so be sure to bring them along!

Swim Across America Olympians Swim Clinic @ Town North YMCS
Jun 7 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm

Swim Across America (SAA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment is set to host its third annual Dallas events June 7-8, 2013. The much anticipated fundraisers will benefit the InnovativeClinicalTrialsCenter at the BaylorCharlesA.SammonsCancerCenter in Dallas, the largest outpatient cancer center in North Texas dedicated to cancer care, research and education.

We invite all age group swimmers to join us on June 7th for technique tips from some of the best swimmers in the world including gold medalists Josh Davis and Neil Walker.

Swim Across America Open Water Swim Event @ The Harbor on Lake Ray Hubbard
Jun 8 @ 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
Minocqua Island Swim Challenge @ Torpy Park
Jun 22 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

Minocqua Island Swim Challenge is a one-mile out and back open water swim in Lake Minocqua. The event is hosted by the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oneida County Dive Team and is a fund raiser for the Dive Team.  Overall and Age Group awards will be presented. Wetsuits will be allowed.  Information and registration available at

Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Rickie's Flamingo Cafe, Grace Bay
Jul 5 @ 8:00 am

Join for what Open Water Source calls "One of the most gorgeous swims in the world." 1/2 mile, 1 mile, and 2.4 mile distances. 1 mile and 2.4 mile can be done back to back to get two races in one day. Grace Bay is consistently rated the best or one of the best beaches in the world. Swimmers swim through clear, turquoise water and see marine life along the way. Perfect for swimmers new to open water racing as well as experienced pros looking to take home a conch trophy.

Turks & Caicos “Race for the Conch” Eco-SeaSwim @ Ricky's Flamingo Cafe Beach
Jul 6 all-day

1 mile and 2.4 mile races in one the clear, calm, turquoise waters of Grace Bay in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Races can be done back-to-back. Well organized. Top competition. Carved conch trophy prizes. Great for swimmers new to the sport.

Luss Loch Lomond Swim Festival @ Luss, Loch Lomond
Jul 6 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

Set in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Loch Lomond is the largest  body of freshwater in mainland Britain.  The scenery is unrivalled and an excellent location to enjoy Open Water Swimming.


This event will be swum from Luss Beach and will now be part of the Luss Highland Games.
This event will include 1k, 2k & 5k swims.​


Registration will take place from 6am with events starting from 8am. Full competitor details will be send out prior to the event.
Registration will take place from the Luss Beach.

22nd Annual Maryland Swim for Life @ Rolph's Wharf Marina
Jul 13 @ 4:30 am – 11:30 am

22nd Annual 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. New for 2013: The 2.4-mile Triathlon Challenge Swim!

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) will host the 22nd Annual Maryland Swim for Life on July 13th in Chestertown, Maryland. For more information and registration for this year’s event, please go to