Buzzards Bay Swim: Reduced fee until June 1


 There's about a month left before the 21st annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 28, and swimmers have until June 1 to sign up at a discounted rate.

Hundreds of swimmers have already signed up to take the plunge and show their support for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's clean water efforts.

"Last year I had a great time swimming alongside my friends and family,” said Halle Berger of Acushnet, a New Bedford High School senior who is returning for her second swim along with her father,Jonathan. “It is truly a beautiful experience to swim across a body of water that supports the life of so many creatures.”

Swimmers can sign up at

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor, starting at The Edge Seafood & Lounge (formerly Davy’s Locker) in New Bedford’s South End and ending at Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven. The swim draws participants of all ages and abilities, including families, swim teams, serious competitors, and individuals seeking a new fitness challenge. Recreational swimmers can choose to swim with a kayak escort or swim aids such as fins and snorkels.

At the finish line celebration, there will be food and festivities, including live music, an awards ceremony and free beach activities for children.



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