2024 SwimRVA Down River Rip Results

June 18, 2024 Posted by SwimRVA

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (swimrichmond.org) – The 2024 DownRiver Rip was met with success this year, as over 70 swimmers spanning from ages 18-72 braved the early morning temperatures on Saturday, May 11th. 

One of Richmond’s premier open water events, the DownRiver Rip begins with the 4.4-mile race at Watkins Landing and winds along the James River to the finish at Robious Landing. Those competing in the 2.5-mile charity swim join forces with the 4.4-milers around midway at the Route 288 Bridge, riding out the current together to the finish. Athletes traveled from near and far this year, as participants hailed from Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Florida. 

Crossing the finish line first overall was James Crabb with a time of 1:13.34, marking his 4th time winning the event. Megan McGrath was the first female to cross the finish, recording an exhibition time of 1:14.47. Rounding out the top-five finishers was Michael Hidspith, Denise Letendre, and Marcy Mortimer.

The overall age group champions are as follows:

Pups (18-34)

Women: Marcy Mortimer (1:19.41)

Men: James Crabb (1:13.34)

Hammerheads (35-49)

Women: Denise Letendre (1:18.51)

Men: Matthew Estes (1:42.12)

Masters (50-59)

Women: Erika Beauchamp (1:30.22)

Men: Steve McCoy (1:23.25)

Grand Masters (60+)

Women: Shirley Loftus-Charley (1:23.22)

Men: Douglas Pulsifer (1:24.51)

To view full results of the 2024 DownRiver Rip, CLICK HERE.

After the conclusion of the race, participants enjoyed the remainder of their morning with brunch and an awards ceremony at Robious Landing Park, taking in the views of the James River alongside friends and family.

An event like this would not be possible without the help of our many volunteers. From checking in swimmers to kayaking along the course, our volunteers were at the top of their game and made this year’s race a sucess as they maintained a safe and exciting environment for all.All funds from the event go directly to the SwimRVA Learn to Swim program, which provides low to no cost swim lessons to Richmond region second graders. To learn more about our Drownproof Richmond initiative, CLICK HERE.


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