Ocean Games Event Eyes Growth With Second Year

Ocean Games Event Eyes Growth With Second Year
After completing the nine-mile ocean swim last year, participants Timothy Stang is pictured receiving support from a member of the Ocean City Beach Patrol and a volunteer. Submitted Photo

OCEAN CITY — Swim Ocean City is preparing for the second annual event being held on Saturday, July 19 at 10 a.m. and organizers expect to double the number of participants this year.

The first annual Swim Ocean City event raised over $22,000 for the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program.

This year’s event will feature the addition of the paddleboard competition that is being organized and sponsored by Walk On Water. The addition of this event spurred the new concept of “Ocean Games,” which will present both the swim and paddleboard events. The goal of Ocean Games is to add additional water sporting events each year for a weekend that will bring over 1,000 participants and spectators to Ocean City.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both swimmers and paddlers to challenge their abilities in open water, and more importantly to be a part of the good work being performed by the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program,” said Crossing Currents Aquatics Swim Coach, Traci McNeil a life‐long open water swimmer who successfully completed an English Channel Swim in 1994. “The Ocean City Swim is patterned to provide the novice and experienced open water swimmer alike a safe and structured environment. The swims run parallel to the shoreline and the SUP CUP race will be out and back starting at N. Division Street. Both are conducted in cooperation with the phenomenal Ocean City Beach Patrol and Coast Guard.”

Ocean Games welcomes sponsors, volunteers and general donations. Visit www. Oceangamesusa.com for more information.

The swim was conceived by Corey Davis of Berlin who was treated at the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program following a brain injury he suffered in a motorcycle accident.