Brent Rice Memorial Swim Is Aug. 14th; Here’s How You Can Join In/Help

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The fifth annual Brent Rice Memorial Swim of the Sound is set for 9am on Saturday, Aug. 14th in Des Moines, and organizers are currently seeking athletes, donors and sponsors.

The swim was started in 2006 by 17-year old Justin Moser, who wanted to honor his friend and mentor Brent Rice, who passed away just over four years ago in a car accident. Brent Rice once did the swim himself as a personal challenge from one of his brothers. Brent Rice was a local swimmer, where he competed at both the state and national level receiving All-American honors.

The swim is a 2.3 mile journey in 50-degree water, from the DesMoines Beach Park to Point Robinson on Maury Island. The first year eight made the journey, and last year they quadrupled the number of swimmers. This year organizers would like to have as many as 100 adventurous athletes join their quest to Swim the Sound. The swim will be run by volunteers, lifeguards, the Des Moines Fire Department and the US Coast Guard.

With 45 swimmers taking the plunge in 2009, last year they raised $4,000.00 for the Brent Rice Memorial Foundation. The foundation, created in 2006, helps provide swim lessons for low-income families who can’t afford them and aquatic safety education programs in the Puget Sound area. Last years’ funds will be awarded to Mt Rainier Pool, Kent Meridian Pool and Evergreen Pool for swim lessons and other aquatic programs later this year.

Swimmers who want to participate must be intermediate or advanced; although this is a fun event and for a great cause, the sound is very treacherous. Donors, sponsors, athletes and volunteers who are interested can get more information online at

The date of the swim is Saturday August 14, 2010.

All donations can be sent to:

2452 Alki Ave SW #301
Seattle, WA 98116

To register to participate as a swimmer, the cost is $60 – click here to register online.

Here are a couple of videos about previous swims:




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