The 2012 Nore Swim is set to get under way on July 14, with the official launch having taken place last night (Tuesday).
Last year saw around 200 people take part in the swim, and organisers are hoping for at least as many in this year’s event, which will be in aid of the Cois Noir day care cancer facility, the Samaritans and St Patrick’s Centre.
The 500-metre swim from Greensbridge to John’s Bridge in the city is designed so that anyone can take part, says chairman Mick Power.
“The primary goal is fitness,” he says of the event organised by Kilkenny Water Safety. “It’s a challenge and it also gives people taking part in the triathlon a chance to try out the distance and to test their abilities in the river.”
It’s also a way to make the most of the river that runs through the centre of the city, he said. “It’s a good day. Come one, come all, and support these great charities too.”
Participants can enter in the categories of women’s race, men’s race and recreational for the swim, for which this year’s participants so far range in age up to 87.
Application forms are available from Recharge Cartridges at 9 Irishtown in Kilkenny, Collins Shoes on High Street, Gaules Butchers on Dean Street and from County Hall on John Street. Application forms and sponsorship cards can also be downloaded from www.noreswim.com.