Register for the 2019 Riverkeeper 4K Swim!

If you love to swim or paddle, make sure to sign up for the 2019 Riverkeeper 4K! We have three distances available: 4K, 1.5K and 750m. To get you excited, we have collected some of our favourite testimonials from participants in previous years!

Our annual Riverkeeper 4K Swim, presented by Alterna Savings, is fast approaching! Join us on August 10th and make the trek from Ontario to Quebec by swimming across the mighty Ottawa River! There are three distances to challenge you: 4K, 1.5K and 750m. Sign up for whichever distance you prefer!

Every year, swimmers and paddlers from the National Capital Region and beyond take to the water to swim and advocate for a clean, swimmable river. Participants are encouraged to fundraise, by themselves or by forming teams, and compete to see who can take home some of our amazing fundraising prizes!

If you aren’t convinced yet, read these testimonials from previous participants!

“As soon as I heard that there was an inter-provincial swim, I thought, “Cool! I need to do that!”. This year, I felt it was time to take on the challenge and I’m so glad I did. It was very well-organized, a super fun vibe, great energy and camaraderie. Thank you so much!”

Anita McKee, 4K swimmer

“J’ai adoré cette traversée car je sais que tous ensemble nous nageons pour le même but, préserver, protéger et respecter la qualité de nos plans d’eau. C’est pour moi une façon d’honorer la source de toute vie.”

Heidi Levasseur, 4K swimmer training to cross the Atlantic

“This was my first open water swim event and a wonderful introduction to swimming in the Ottawa river. I live close to the river but had not used it for swimming before. As my first foray, I chose the 750m race. Participating in the event opened up the world of open water swimming and I am a convert! I’ll now be swimming regularly at my local beaches and will challenge myself to the 1.5K next year. I am excited about the challenge and glad for the opportunity to do my small part for the river.”

Nichole Dusyk, 750m swimmer

“I wanted to challenge myself and also help keep our river clean. I look forward to returning next year and want to attempt the 4K.”

Anonymous 1.5K swimmer

So what are you waiting for? This year you could join them! Register here to be a swimmer!

We are also looking for volunteer escort paddlers to help keep everyone safe on the day of the swim. Paddlers are crucial to the event. We encourage paddlers to help fundraise alongside the swimmers, and they are also eligible for door prizes and the prizes for top fundraisers! Here are what some of our volunteer paddlers from last year had to say:

“Paddling with the last heat and accompanying my wife on her swim, I could see swimmers’ hands flashing in the morning sun as far as the eye could see. What a beautiful way to see the span of an awesome river, what an incentive to keep the river clean!”

Peter Gahlinger, volunteer paddler

“Quelle belle matinée! J’ai même pu en profiter pour sauter à l’eau moi aussi!”

Nadine Laviolette, volunteer paddler

“I was in heat 4 and not following a specific swimmer. I am totally amazed and impressed at how far these folks swim. So to be able to support them and help keep them on course was a real privilege.”

Gail Clark, volunteer paddler

“This is such a cool event! The paddling is easy and it’s very inspiring to support all the different types of swimmers – young, old, athletes, and weekend warriors. The awards party on the beach at the end is lots of fun too and a great way to meet fellow river lovers.”

MJ, former volunteer, now Ottawa Riverkeeper staff