The Longest Day Swim 2024 – ‘Swim the Corrib – County to City’

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Menlo Castle seen from across the Corrib

On June 22, Galway Swimming Club is proud to be hosting the Longest Day Swim 2024 down the river Corrib.

This charity river swim gives participants the chance to swim down the fabulous River Corrib, passing many of Galway’s favourite landmarks including the University of Galway, Menlo Castle, Steamboat Quay and swimming under the Quincentennial Bridge.

This is a not to be missed opportunity to see Galway from a unique perspective!

The inaugural running of the event was in 2019, since when it has steadily grown and is now a key race on the Galway Open Water Swimming Calendar.

With previous competitors including Ex-US Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Peter Vanderkaay and Davis Tarwater, the event has earned praise for its charity support and welcoming atmosphere!

The Longest Day Swim is a timed, open water river swim for over 18’s which attracts all standards of open water swimmers and triathletes: from fun swimmers to elite athletes, all are welcome.

The event aims to promote awareness of the positive physical and mental health benefits of swimming, whilst raising crucial funds for this year’s charity partner, Claddagh Watch.

There are two swims available, with each distance having Male/Female and Skins/Suits categories. A 4km swim starting at Glenlo Abbey and a 2.5km version starting at the slip in Dangan.

Swimmers will have to navigate their way across the Corrib from their starting points and then head downstream to the finish line at Steamers’ Quay (Woodquay just above the Salmon Weir).

The 4K swim starts from The Glenlo Abbey Hotel, while the 2.5K swim starts from NUIG Dangan. Both swims finish up at the Commercial Boat Club at Waterside, Woodquay.

Participants will get a GSC “Longest Day Swim” swimming hat, a Longest Day Swim 2024 gift, a goodie bag filled with water, fruit etc, some tasty food after your swim where you can relax at the Awards ceremony, as well as supporting the GSC and Claddagh Watch charity.

You can register at: https://www.galwayswimmingclub.ie/longest-day-swim