The Lowcountry Splash is quickly becoming South Carolina’s premier open water swim. The Splash began as an idea 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 long for something more challenging. The Splash moved to the Charleston harbor in 2001.The event is now 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. The Splash continues to grow in popularity attracting swimmers from 13 states and 2 countries. The 2005 Splash was cancelled race day morning due to inclement weather.
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). Since its beginning the foundation has supported the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina and has made numerous contributions to assist individual children in need. We have raised close to $30,000 for the Logan foundation through the Splash over the past 4 years. Swimmers of all levels participate in the Splash: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age groups. The Race starts at Hobcaw Yacht club, travels along the Mount Pleasant shoreline, passes under the Cooper River Bridge and finishes at the Marina at the USS Yorktown.
Charleston’s premiere swim event marks 10 years of the Lowcountry Splash and is celebrating this anniversary with the First Annual “Race to Rock” concert. Saturday, May 28th at Wild Wing Café on Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant for a night of music by one of the Lowcountry’s favorites, Charleston recording artist Eddie Bush.