Doty Memorial Mile Swim


James J. Doty is a local open-water swimming legend; there isn’t a body of water in New England that Jim has not swum. Jim was responsible for forming the non-profit organization, New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA), dedicated to promoting swimming and a clean environment in New England waters. Jim re-started the Boston Light Swim back in the mid-1970s after a long hiatus. The BLS is the oldest open-water swim race in America.


An informal 1-mile swim in memory of James Doty. Wetsuits are allowed.


L Street Bath house (Curley Community Center) K Street entrance.


Saturday, June 10, 2017. Gather at 11:00 AM on the K St. beach. Start at 12:00 PM. All participants should be out of the water by 1:00 PM.


Register online at MOWSA

$10 fee with online registration or $20 on the day of the swim.

Jim never liked collecting fees for the swims he ran (usually $0.50 or $1.00) and in that spirit, we are hosting the swim with a minimal registration fee.

However, in lieu of a larger registration fee, we are requesting that swimmers make a donation to the James Doty Memorial Fund


The swim will go from the K St. beach, west along the shore toward Carson beach for 1/2 mile, around a marker and back to the start.  You will follow the beach and be no more than 20-30 feet from shore at all times.  The tide will be high and slack at 1:00 PM.  Participants will have to go out around the wooden beach walls where it may be too deep to stand.


The swim will be in close to shore. This is a “swim at your own risk” event. If a participant is cold or tired they can walk out. There will be spotters on the beach to help and  kayak support in the water to keep the participants from swimming too far from shore.

Hosted by:

Massachusetts Open-Water Swimming Association (MOWSA) in conjunction with New England Marathon Swimming Association (NEMSA).

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Greg O’Connor at


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