No sign ups, no registration fees and no rules. These are but a few of the reasons the annual Peace River Freedom Swim has been described as a ‘blobblefest.’
This Fourth of July event is gloriously unorganized, a happy free-for-all that’s not meant to be a race. Although some have finished in as little as 30 minutes, for most it is a leisurely swim, float on an inflatable raft, or paddle with a brightly colored foam noodle across 1.5 miles of river where – just incidentally -- black tip sharks have been pulled. Hundreds of swimmers show up, many donning red, white and blue attire. Some take the meaning of “freedom” more literally, stripping off their swim trunks in the water and swimming in the buff until reaching the other side.
This year’s Freedom Swim is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. July 4, 2013, in Charlotte Harbor on the north end of the southbound U.S. 41 Bridge. Or thereabouts.
It ends at Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda. Or thereabouts.
Let freedom reign!