Wickford Resident Thor Johnson is swimming his 17th year in the Citizen’s Bank Save The Bay Swim on Saturday, July 19.
Johnson started swimming in the Save The Bay’s largest fundraising event to get back into shape and make friends. In his years of dedication to the Swim, Johnson has had great success with donor support from his friends, family and community.
“I’ve had people donating to me for over a decade," he said. "I do between two to three thousand dollars a year, year in and year out. It is pretty constant and fun!”
Johnson prepares for The Swim by training year-round in the masters program at the South County YMCA.
“What I like about the swimming crowd is you get people from 20-somethings to 80-somethings but you also get accountants, doctors, nurses, internet marketers, scientists, housewives and househusbands, plumbers -- you get it all. It keeps you in check when you realize there is this huge common interest of personal fitness, saving the bay and keeping the environment clean,” Johnson said.
Johnson will be swimming with the SWIM R.I. Team created by Doug Sayles, fifth-year swimmer who also runs the masters program in Newport.
Besides being a digital marketer, Johnson is the President of the Havard Business School Association. Johnson also donates to the Rhode Island Public Radio, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Rhode Island Blood Center.