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Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Bayley Beach • Rain Date: Sept. 13
Check-in 9:30am, Race Start Time 10:30am
Celebrate the end of the summer season with the annual Arthur J. Ladrigan Swim Races and Family Fun Day at Bayley Beach on Saturday, September 12th. We’ll start with the Lighthouse Race at 10:30am sharp (a one-mile swim from Green’s Ledge Lighthouse to shore). Check-in for Lighthouse Race swimmers and their kayak escorts will start at 9:30am. Following the Lighthouse Race is the Buoy Race (a swim from the buoy to the shore). Last are the Children’s Swim Races, which are grouped by age and run parallel to the beach. After the awards ceremony, all are invited to join in the traditional beach games, which include a tug-of-war, a pie-eating contest and an egg toss.
This is an event is comprised of three races: 1 mile Lighthouse Race, 1/4 mile Buoy Race, and the Children’s swim races.
No registration fee is required for the Children’s Races
1) The Arthur J. Ladrigan Swim Race is roughly a 1-mile swim for advanced swimmers only.
2) The Buoy Race is a 1/4 mile swim from the buoy and back to shore and is for advanced swimmers only.
3) The Children’s swim races are grouped by age and run parallel to the beach.
NOTE: ALL 1 MILE SWIMMERS MUST HAVE A KAYAK ESCORT. NO EXCEPTIONS! SWIMMER & KAYAK ESCORT MUST BOTH FILL OUT WAIVER.
2014 Ladrigan Memorial Swim Races & Family Fun Day
It really was one for the ages – beautiful blue sky, full beach of spectators and 35 swimmers ready for the warm, calm L.I. Sound waters and the mile long race ahead of them. There were many newcomers and many veterans. This year’s Ladrigan Memorial Swim Races and Family Fun Day has gotten some really great feedback and continues to be a “not to be missed” Rowayton event. The Rowayton Civic Association is pleased to continue to sponsor this yearly tradition. Thank you for coming out and participating!
Newcomer Mark Forese, with a time of 25:20 minutes, took first place in the Lighthouse Race. Glenn Houck finished second at 25:40 minutes and third place was incredibly close with Meg Schwanhausser just nosing out Olivia Haskell with a time of 29:00 minutes flat. Great to see some new and some familiar names – congratulations to all the winners and to all of the swimmers!
The Buoy Race for the younger set, 14 & Under, was also very close with John Barsonti with a time of 7:38 narrowly beat Jeff McKee 2nd, and Ethan Keyes 3rd, with each of the three finishing a second behind the other. The 15 & Over group represented themselves very well, with Cameron Letters winning with a time 11:32, followed by Erin Berry with a time of 13:50 and Danielle Holmes in third with a time of 13:51.
As you know if you have been to the event, not all the action is in the water. On the sand, it can get messy with both the Egg Toss, which had one of the largest number of tossers we have ever seen, and the Pie Eating Contest. And news flash…the Boys’ Team finally won the Tug of War!
As with all the events, the RCA loves to put on, the Swim Race continues to rely on the dedication and help of many volunteers both the day of and behind the scenes. We would like to thank all of our supporters and volunteers who made this such a great event including: Sergeant Lepak at Norwalk Marine Police, Captain Keane at the Norton Fire Department, Mike Barbis, Ted and Kerry McFarlin, Charlie Keyes, Sara and Bill Klein, Kathleen and Duke Keegan, Hugh and Theo Kelly, Tim Gaylord, Bill Cliff, Piet Marks, Gail Jaques, Chris Hussey, Jim Hogan, Marc Laibe, Helene Bartilucci and our fellow RCA Board members Sam Woodruff, Rich Van Steen and Patrick Steele.