Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment

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Cheryl Wagner, race director, and Joe Stewart, founder, at the 20th Potomac River Swim in June 2012
Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment is a 12 km marathon swim that crosses the mouth of the Potomac River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay and divides Virginia's Northern Neck from Saint Mary's County, Maryland. Swimmers are required to raise a minimum of US$250 in pledges to go into a pool to equally benefit the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, with additional smaller contributions made to the Potomac River Conservancy, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coaltion and the St. Mary's Watershed Association.



The swim began when distance swimmer Joe Stewart who uses distance swimming as a way to raise cash and visibility for charitable causes, embarked on a solo "Swim for the River's Sake," in 1993. The race began the following year. In 2001, Stewart announced that he was taking a break from race organizing, and handed the reins over to distance swimmer Cheryl Wagner.


7.5 miles (12.07 km)




City Point Lookout State Park

State/County/Province Maryland

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Cheryl Wagner

Email cherylw@crosslink.net

Event Information

Month: May

Event Date: 2 June 2012

Website: Potomac River swim for the environment

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

2013 Beneficiaries

Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Southern Maryland Sierra Club, Potomac River Association, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, The Potomac Conservancy, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Ridge Rescue, St. Mary's River Watershed Association, and Friends of the Shenandoah River.

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