A correct path and favorable tide are key for success in the Beaufort River Swim, say those in the know.
The open-water race will be held for the fifth time when swimmers enter the water Saturday at Port Royal Landing Marina. Jeff Palm, an Atlanta resident who finished first in 2010, followed friend and two-time winner Carlton Bruner much of the way before making his move near the end.
Palm was competing for only the second time and said he relied on course knowledge to help him win. Getting off track can cost swimmers valuable time on the 3.4-mile course.
Bruner owns the meet record with a time of 48 minutes. Palm swam the course in an hour last year.
The event benefits the YMCA of Beaufort County's Learn-to-Swim programs. The top three finishers in each age group earn awards.
5TH ANNUAL BEAUFORT RIVER SWIM
What: Open-water race from Port Royal Landing Marina to Beaufort Downtown Marina
When: 8:05 a.m. Saturday; Pre-registered participants check in from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Same-day registration 7-7:30 a.m.
Where: Participants check-in at Beaufort Downtown Marina before being transported to Port Royal to start the swim
Cost: $40 until today, $50 day of race
Info: Race packets can be picked up today from noon until 6 p.m. at YMCA of Beaufort County. ... Top three in each age group will receive awards.