The Buzzards Bay Coalition has canceled its 2020 Buzzards Bay Swim, originally scheduled for June, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, which has taken place annually since 1993, brings hundreds of participants to New Bedford each June to swim across New Bedford Harbor to Fort Phoenix State Park in Fairhaven, where the event ends with a beach party brunch.
Last year's event raised more than $187,000 to support education, conservation, water quality monitoring and advocacy work, a statement from the coalition said.
"I'm sure that you share our disappointment in this year's cancellation of the swim, but I hope you take solace in the fact that your early fundraising has already contributed more than $25,000 to sustain Bay protection efforts,” coalition president Mark Rasmussen said.
The organization will field a team of runners for the "virtual" run of the Falmouth Road Race and will host the Watershed Ride—an event in which cyclists ride one of three overlapping courses, the longest of which stretches 100 miles from Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole—on Sunday, October 4.
Registered swimmers have multiple options due to the cancellation, including deferring registration until the 2021 swim or transferring their registration to participate in the Watershed Ride.