LONG BRANCH: The Ray Licata One Mile Swim and Walk-Along the ocean will go off on Aug. 20 in memory of the passing of Ray Licata, a Jersey Shore resident loved the beach and always did his part to support shoreline safety.
The event includes a 1-mile swim for experienced and amateur swimmers, as well as a 1-mile walk-along for onlookers which will give everyone a chance to participate. Families, friends and beachgoers annually walk along the swim route on the beachfront as swimmers traverse the 1-mile water course.
As an avid swimmer, Ray recognized the importance of the lifeguard's. He had begun to think about organizing an Ocean Mile Swim in Long Branch. The Memorial Swim committee members are enthusiastic about continuing the Swim and Walk-Along, which allows many people to participate in this community event. "We are thrilled that this event continues to support swimmer safety at the Long Branch beaches, through the purchase of specialized safety equipment as well as by supporting our junior lifeguard program," said Glen Rassas, Event Director.
The committee volunteers and the Long Branch Department of Recreation have pitched in and the swim has raised over $84,000 in 12 years. The funds have been used by the City of Long Branch for two certified lifeboats, a portable defibrillator, a Jet Ski, beach rescue equipment, two ATV'S, and a floating wheelchair.
This year the event will commence at 8 a.m. with registration opening at 6:30 a.m. under the veranda at Pier Village. Registration includes a T-shirt, swim cap as well as refreshments. Registration is $15 for walkers and $25 for swimmers on event day.