Joe Stewart

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Cheryl Wagner and Joe Stewart at the 20th Potomac River Swim in June 2012
Joe Stewart, founder of the Potomac River Swim
Joe Stewart at the Provincetown Swim for Life
Joe Stewart is an open water swimmer who uses distance swimming as a way to raise cash and visibility for charitable causes. He started a solo Swim for the River's Sake in 1993. The Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment began the following year in 1994. Stewart ran the event until 2001 when he announced that he was taking a break from race organizing. Cheryl Wagner, another distance swimmer, has organized the Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment ever since.

Stewart also founded the Maryland Swim for Life in 1991 and the Save the Patapsco, Hon!. The long-time advocate for HIV/AIDs organizations was inspired to start the Maryland Swim for Life competition after participating in Provincetown’s Swim for Life.


Public Service

Stewart serves as the President of the Baltimore City Historical Society and conducts research on the subject of environmental history. He also serves on the board of Better Waverly Community Organization and Waverly Main Street as well as blogs for the North Baltimore Patch online community newspaper.

Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment

The Potomac River 7.5 Mile Swim for the Environment is a 12 km marathon swim that crosses the mouth of the Potomac River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay and divides Virginia's Northern Neck from Saint Mary's County, Maryland. Swimmers are required to raise a minimum of US$250 in pledges to go into a pool to equally benefit the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the Southern Maryland Sierra Club, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Potomac River Association, with additional smaller contributions made to the Potomac River Conservancy, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coaltion and the St. Mary's Watershed Association.


7.5 miles (12.07 km)




City Point Lookout State Park

State/County/Province Maryland

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Cheryl Wagner


Event Information

Month: May

Event Date: 2 June 2012

Website: Potomac River swim for the environment

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

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