200 swimmers take the plunge for Great Ohio River Swim

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – 200 people swam from Ohio to Kentucky on Sunday in the Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim to support a non-profit organization for urban youth.

The swimmers traveled a half-mile course starting in downtown Public Landing to the Kentucky side of the river and back to help support Adventure Crew, a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities in outdoors for teens of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Event organizers added a 2.5 mile swim downstream along the Ohio shore called double dippers.

The Double Diver event is a way to help raise funds for the Adventure Team swim training program.

“We added this new side to the event after so many people expressed interest in Caroline Keating’s 5K on the Ohio River last year,” said Adventure Crew associate director Miriam Wise. “This is a great opportunity for seasoned swimmers looking to take on an open water challenge while having a positive impact on the lives of teens in the area.

Although he didn’t have the Great Ohio River Swim in 2020, Keating completed a 5km swim on the Ohio River alone and raised $ 10,000 for Adventure Crew.

The Bill Keating, Jr. Great Ohio River Swim is named after Caroline’s father, one of the first swimmers to enter the event in 2007. He supported the event throughout the years until his died in 2017 from brain cancer.

Adventure Crew is now open to urban youth who are interested in kayaking, biking and hiking.

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