1 Mile Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim
Location Niles Beach
Name Richie Martin
2011 Date: August 13, 2011
History: In 1979, four Cape Ann residents swam across Gloucester Harbor in protest of its polluted status. It metamorphosed into an annual Audubon Society-sponsored event to help raise funds for cleaning the harbor, hence named "Swim for a Clean Harbor". In 1993 the harbor was deemed clean by the Audubon Society. Local resident Richie Martin stepped in to keep the event running and the 1.2 mile deep water swim, now known as "Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim" has become a summer favorite for swimmers from all over. The event is currently sponsored by NEMSA (New England Marathon Swimming Association).