The Lee Swim is one of the top open water swimming events in Ireland and everyone is welcome. The Lee River course runs through the centre of the City to maximise crowds – a great family event!Originally held in 1914, the 2005 event drew 110 swimmers and crowds in excess of 5,000. Since then the event has attracted an average entry of 300 swimmers and is continually growing.
Most of the swimmers compete for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29….up to 80-84!), some raise money for local charities and a good number just swim for the enjoyment of the day and the cheers of family and friends. Following the swim a very social atmosphere continues on the boardwalk outside the Clarion Hotel and various festivities into the night.
The swim is approx 2,000m (1,700m downstream and 300m upstream). For more information follow the link: click here