Saturday 18 July 2009 at 3pm
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 Cork to maximise crowds – a great family event!
Originally held in 1914, the 2005 event drew 110 swimmers and crowds in excess of 5,000. The 2006 event drew 250 swimmers. In 2009 the Lee Swim Organising Committee is planning for 400 swimmers! Most of the swimmers were competing for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29….up to 80-84!), Some raised money for local charities and a good number just swam 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). The route is shown in the course map.