CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Over 100 swimmers swam the width of the Ohio River on Sunday in the largest open water swim on the Ohio.
Swimmers ranging from 14 to over 80 gathered for the sixth annual Great Ohio River Swim on Sunday morning. River levels, water quality and weather conditions were perfect for the unique event.
The annual swim has grown into the largest open water swimming event on the Ohio River. Last year, over 100 teens and adults completed the 900 yard swim from the Serpantine Wall across the Ohio to the Kentucky side and back to the finish line at the Cincinnati Public Landing.
Over 500 people have completed the swim over the past five years.
The Ohio River was closed to barge and power boat traffic by the order of the U.S. Coast Guard from 7:50 a.m. until all swimmers completed the course.
Certified lifeguards and safety boats were also deployed in the Ohio River the swim.
Proceeds from the Great Ohio River Swim will benefit the non-profit Green Umbrella, the sustainability alliance for Greater Cincinnati.