Participants swim from Ohio to Kentucky and back in Great Ohio River Swim

Many dove into the Ohio River Sunday morning for the ninth annual Great Ohio River Swim. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It's a race from Ohio to Kentucky and back--and it won't be in running shoes.

Many dove into the Ohio River Sunday morning for the ninth annual Great Ohio River Swim.

Brewster Rhoads, the coordinator of the event, said the river was in the best shape it's ever been for the swim in nine years. It's also the cleanest the river's been in 100 years.

Rhoads said the Ohio River exceeds swimming standards about 85 percent of the time. He said Sunday's event is about celebrating the river and giving people a chance to experience up close and personal.

For the swim, participants swim from Ohio, starting at the Serpentine Wall, to Kentucky and back to the public landing in Ohio. Rhoads said it's about 900 meters total, and most swimmers finish it between 15 and 30 minutes.

The swim is also for people of all ages and skills. Rhoads said for one 83-year-old woman this is her fourth consecutive Great Ohio River Swim.

The swim also benefits the Outdoor Adventure Club Program of Greater Cincinnati, which gives inner-city children at 19 area schools the chance to get outside and be active outdoors.

If you plan on participating in next year's swim, you can get more information here. Rhoads said 2016 was a record year for the event, and he hopes to exceed that next year.

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