McCarthy Memorial Swim this weekend


The annual William J. McCarthy Memorial Swim is this Saturday, August 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m. off the Bristol Town Beach. Participants may swim as individuals or as members of a relay team. New this year is the "Fins & Floaties" fun swim for children aged 7 and up. This family-friendly community event will feature live music, a dunk tank, food trucks, raffles, and much more. Sponsored by People's Credit Union, proceeds from the swim will go to the development of the William J. McCarthy Memorial aquatic center at the Bristol's new Quinta-Gamelin Bristol Community Center.

Bristolians who were lucky enough to know William “Bill” McCarthy (1917-2011) know that there is nobody who would be a more appropriate namesake for this benefit. A lifelong open-water swimmer, McCarthy participated in 20 consecutive Save the Bay swims, well into his eighties. At 1.7 miles, across the East Passage from Newport to Jamestown, it's an athletic feat for someone a quarter McCarthy’s age. McCarthy continued to ride his bike through the streets of Bristol into his 90's, but with the 14 children he had with his wife Agnes, he is perhaps best remembered as a husband, father, neighbor, and friend.

WHERE: Bristol Town Beach

WHEN: 9:30 a.m.; August 16

MORE INFO:; 401/253-1611


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