The past three months has sent the swimming world a buzz with high profile swimmers making a splash, both in the pool and in the media.

In March, Missy Franklin was crowned Sportswoman of the Year at the Laureus Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur. Commonly referred to as the “Oscars of Sports”, Missy joined a long list of winners including Jamaican Sprinter, and World Record holder, Usain Bolt; international tennis star, Serena Williams; and US Skiing sensation, Lindsey Vonn.

Come April, Michael Phelps shocked the world when he announced that he would be coming out of retirement to participate in his first competition since the 2012 London Olympics. After placing second in the Mesa Grand Prix, only to Ryan Lochte, Social Media was a buzz with the “will he, won’t he” surrounding a possible 2016 Rio Olympic return.

In May, avid open-water swimmers have received some unfortunate news, learning that some of their favorite races for 2014 have been cancelled, delayed indefinitely, and/or moved venues due to the drought crisis that has hit California. With many swimmers race schedules up in the air for this summer, the Sustainable Sports Foundation has announced that the Marin County Swim is officially open for registration.

The Second Annual Marin County Swim takes place Saturday morning, July 19, 2014 at McNear’s Beach in San Rafael. New this year will be the Splash & Dash, which consists of a Sprint swim and 5k run, all within the park. Along with the Splash and Dash race, the Marin County Swim features two race distances: a 500 meter Sprint, and an 1500 meter Olympic Course.

These open water swims take place in the San Pablo Bay and are open to all levels of swimmers over the age of 12. Your registration includes a race t-shirt, swim cap, custom finishers medal, stainless steel water bottle, post race breakfast buffet, and more!

All proceeds from this event help fund the Sustainable Sports Foundation Youth Swim Program, which provides low-income families in the Greater Bay Area the opportunity to learn how to swim and be safe in the water.

To register and for more information, visit www.marinswim.com. We look forward to seeing you in July!