Kathleen Wilson

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The first annual Swim Around Charleston, founded by Kathleen Wilson, is now in its second year
Kathleen Wilson is a member of Charleston city council, professional harpist and an American channel swimmer who has done two of the Southern California Eight channels and four of the seven channels of the Oceans Seven.

She has also completed the Swim Around Key West (1997), Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (1999), the English Channel, Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (2003), the Catalina Channel (2004), International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim in Lake Zurich (2005), 25 km Swim Across the Sound (2006), the Santa Barbara Channel swim (2007), the Strait of Gibraltar (2008), around Charleston, South Carolina harbor I-526 to I-526, the length of Lac Memphrémagog, and the Molokai Channel in 20 hours 41 minutes.

She is also race director for the 12 mile Swim Around Charleston event and was one of the early pioneers of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. She is a member of the local symphony (harpist) who also completed the first known solo marathon swim in Charleston, South Carolina in October 2010.

First Swim Around Charleston

Wilson's unprecedented 16.25-mile swim around Charleston started at the James B. Edwards Bridge before daybreak and ended six hours and 58 minutes later at the General William B. Westmoreland Bridge. The 47-year-old politician and harpist says she did the swim to create interest in holding an endurance swim in Charleston with a goal to establish a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of aquatics within the greater Charleston area.

Swim Around Charleston race

Wilson is the race director for the 12-mile Swim Around Charleston that takes place in the Charleston waterways and harbor. It is a sanctioned United States Masters Swimming event for on 23 September 2012.

The swim begins at Remleys Point in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, proceeds across the Cooper River to the Charleston side, parallel the peninsular city and proceeds north up the Ashley River to the finish point at I-526. A Charleston county boat landing serves as the finish.

The race start is calculated for participant safety and to allow as many swimmers the best possible chance of finishing. Very fast swimmers may have to swim through the last of the outgoing tide in the Ashley river. There is a time limit of six hours to complete the event. Swimmers unable to finish in the allotted time are removed from the water at the discretion of the race director.

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