A fundraiser to protect our Ottawa River
The Riverkeeper 4K open water swim is a unique, inter-provincial swimming event in the Ottawa River. Uniting both provincial shores of our river, the swim highlights the need for collaboration towards swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters!
We’re sorry to confirm that the Riverkeeper 4K swim will not be happening this year in consideration of the COVID-19 situation. The safety and health of our participants and volunteers is our top priority, as well as doing our part to help keep our community safe.
But one of the incredible things about the Riverkeeper 4K is that we get to create connections to the Ottawa River! We would like to invite you to keep that relationship to water alive by registering for the Watershed Beach Pass, your passport to outdoor summer entertainment. We apologize for the inconvenience due to the cancellation of the Riverkeeper 4K, but we hope to see you all next year out on the water!
Tom Anzai - In Memory We Swim
Tom was the founder and race director of our annual Riverkeeper 4K swim. He had a vision to swim from one shore of the historic Ottawa River to the other, swam it, then invited all fellow swimmers to participate in what he called an epic charity event. His passion for the event was contagious. He didn’t miss an opportunity to speak not only of the swim, but also of the importance of a healthy Ottawa River. Tom exemplified dedication and community service.
The Riverkeeper 4K is a member of the GSS. With more than 98,000 swimmers in 122 races, in 33 countries (and still growing), the Global Swim Series is the largest open water swim series in the world. Earn points for participation and placing in the 4K and other GSS swims to earn ranking in the series.