McCarthy Swim plans fun in sea and on shore

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On Saturday, Aug. 16, dozens of swimmers are expected to turn out for the William J. McCarthy Swim, an event that has gained momentum since its inception in 2012.

The event was established to honor the late Bill McCarthy and his sense of community and dedication to aquatics, and in that memory organizers hope to continue his love for the water.

The day will be marked with three swimming events – a quarter mile open water swim; a 4 x 100 yard relay; and a Fins & Floaties Fun race in which participants "get there any way you can" (other than with motorized vehicles).

Cost for participation is $20 for each swimmer over 18 years of age.

Proceeds from the event will go to developing an aquatics program with the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, including swim lessons for children, and also to help fund two swimming pools proposed to be built at the new Quinta Gamelin Community Center on Asylum Road.

The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with music, food trucks, raffles and a celebrity dunk tank for family fun.

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