Buzzards Bay Coalition swim cancelled because of disease concerns

May 4, 2020

The Buzzards Bay Coalition 2020 Buzzards Bay Swim will be cancelled due to the still-evolving coronavirus conditions.

“The health and well-being of our participants, volunteers, emergency personnel, staff, and our community is our top priority,” Coalition President Mark Rasmussen said in a message to this year’s swimmers. “Under the current circumstances, and based upon the guidance of public health officials, we concluded that this year’s event cannot take place safely.”

The event, held annually since 1993, brings hundreds of participants to New Bedford to swim to Fort Phoenix State Park in Fairhaven. Last year’s event raised more than $187,000 to support education and conservation work.

The environmental group will field a team of runners for the virtual Falmouth Road Race. It still plans to hold its Watershed Ride from Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole on Oct. 4.

Registered swimmers have multiple options, including deferring registration to the 2021 swim or transferring their registration to the Watershed Ride.