2.4 & 5 Mile Open Water Swim Congratulations Splashers!
The Lowcountry Splash is South Carolina's premier open water swim. The Splash began with the purpose of creating a unique open water swimming event in the Charleston area. The original goal was to have the swim go across the Charleston Harbor from Patriots Point to the Charleston Peninsula. With too many logistical nightmares, the race founders decided to make a go of the race at Trophy Lakes, a ski lake on Johns Island. After four successful years at Trophy Lakes, there was still a longing for something more challenging. The Splash moved to the Charleston Harbor in 2001.
Until 2012, the event was a 2.4 mile open water swim along the Mount Pleasant shoreline, swimming under the Cooper River Bridge and finishing at the Charleston Harbor Marina and Resorts in front of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. In 2002, the event was recognized as a winner of the Charleston Metro Sports Council sporting achievements. In 2013, we added a 5 mile Splash beginning at the Daniel Island Pier and proceeding across the Wando River, and then following the 2.4 course.
The Splash continues to grow in popularity attracting swimmers from 30 of 50 states and 3 countries. The 2005 Splash was cancelled race day morning due to inclement weather. Since 2005, excluding one year, the race has grown by 20-25% every year.
Proceeds from the Splash benefit the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation, a local not for profit organization promoting the health and welfare of children in the Lowcountry. The foundation was established in May of 2002 in memory of Logan Jennings Rutledge (7/30/01-08/26/01). Over the years, the Splash has raised close to $200,000 for the Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation. The foundation supported the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina and made numerous contributions to assist individual Lowcountry children in need.