Swim Cancellation Details
Due to projected unsafe river conditions, the 2018 Bill Keating Jr. Great Ohio River Swim has been cancelled. According to the National Weather Service, Ohio River Forecast Center in Wilmington, OH, “Rainfall during September was 2 to as much as 5 times above normal for the Ohio River Basin. The remnants of [hurricanes] Gordon and Florence contributed to what at times was excessive rainfall in the Ohio Valley”, and, “Atmospheric [conditions] have a strong wet signal for October supporting above to much above streamflows across the Ohio Valley.”
Next year’s Great Ohio River Swim has been scheduled for September 22nd, 2019. This year’s registrations will be applied to next year’s swim event.
Swimmers are encouraged to join Outdoor Adventure Clubs for a happy hour at Fifty West Brewing on Thursday, October 11. We’ll have caps and shirts for all pre-registered swimmers, ready for pick up at Fifty West! Join us!
Join us on sunday, october 14
for a swim across the Ohio River and back
The Bill Keating, Jr.
Great Ohio River Swim
is the only open water swim on the Ohio River to cross the river and back. Start at the Serpentine Wall and swim across the Ohio River to Kentucky. Once you have reached Kentucky come back across the Ohio River to Public Landing in the heart of Cincinnati!
When we started the Great Ohio River swim in 2007, Bill Keating Jr. was one of the first to sign up. The first year of the swim Bill won the male swim, but lost the overall title to his daughter, Caroline.
Three of his kids and his father swam across the river with Bill over the years. Bill was a big supporter of the swim and throughout the years talked others in joining him the swim across the river.
In March of 2017, Bill lost his battle with brain cancer and now we dedicate the river swim to him.
Rescheduled for sunday, october 14
Across the Ohio River to Kentucky and Back - 900 meters
NEW for 2018!
Next Gen Swim
100m swim for kids under 14
Along the Serpentine Wall - not across the Ohio
Benefiting Outdoor Adventure Clubs
Your participation in the Bill Keating Jr., Great Ohio River Swim benefit Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati (OAC) and their mission to get more urban teens out into nature.
OAC serves students in 24 urban high school throughout Greater Cincinnati, providing teens with no-cost activities like kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming, and more!
Next Generation Swim - Sponsored by Lane 8
Why the name “Lane 8”? Historically, the swimmer in lane 8 is the underdog of the race. This swimmer either had the slowest seed time or the slowest prelim time in a meet, thus giving them the worst odds of winning the race. Much like the guy or gal in lane 8, the kids we sponsor are seen as underdogs by lacking the simple essentials for prototypical success in life. While the odds aren’t in their favor, the swimmer in lane 8, does not have the excuse to give up. They have a lane a lane that is the same length and width as every other lane. Our biggest goal as a nonprofit is to apply this as a metaphor to life. While the road to success for a Lane 8 swimmer is paved with many more potholes, hills and detours than other kids, they still have a life. They still have an opportunity. Our Lane 8 swimmers do not pity themselves. Instead, they adapt.
Mike Doll, Peter Cremer and Great Cincinnati Harbor and Maritime Cooperative Committee