New year brings returning events to Kingsport Aquatic Center

Matthew Lane • Jan 3, 2020 at 8:31 AM

KINGSPORT — Ring in the new year with a trip to the Kingsport Aquatic Center on Saturday. And if you find yourself enjoying the life aquatic, consider coming back week in and week out to continue the swimming challenge.

The KAC is bringing back two events in 2020: its annual Glow Swimming Party and its 100 Mile Swim Club. Here’s what you need to know about both events and how to participate.


On Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., children from 9 to 14 can come and enjoy the Glow Swimming Party. The KAC will dim the lights in the indoor pool area and fill the pools with glow sticks of all shapes and sizes.

Kids will be able to swim and play on the inflatables while listening to their favorite music over the loudspeakers. Children also are encouraged to bring their own glow sticks to the party.

The event will be supervised by KAC staff. Parents are welcome to drop their kids off or relax in the lobby. Preregistration admission is $7 per swimmer or $10 at the door. Check-in begins at 6 p.m.

Parents will need to fill out a waiver and are strongly encouraged to do so prior to the event to make entry faster. Tickets are available on the Special Events page at swimkingsport.com.

For more information, call (423) 343-9758.


Last year, the KAC’s 100 Mile Swim Club set off on the Ultimate Swim Trip. That journey to the finish line will continue this year.

The original route is a 13,580-mile loop that stretches from Acadia National Park in Maine to the San Andreas Fault in California and every major U.S. landmark in between. Folks who participated last year worked together to “travel” across the country and hit as many of the 50 landmarks as possible before the end of 2019.

The results are in: The 100 Mile Swim Club covered more than 6,500 miles and visited 20 landmarks.

“We don’t quit,” said KAC assistant director Chassy Smiley, “so we decided to continue the challenge into 2020. The club has really enjoyed this theme and learning about each landmark along the way, so we thought, ‘Why stop?’ ”

There are another 7,000 miles and 30 landmarks to swim to this year. If you wish to join in, you’ll be able to swim at your own pace throughout the year, with KAC staff keeping track of your miles and the club’s collective progress.

A map in the lobby displays the entire route as well as fun facts about the landmark the club has “visited” most recently.

If you’re up for the challenge, KAC members can join the club for $10 while non-members can join for $20. You’ll receive a 2020 100 Mile Swim Club T-shirt, and anyone may join at any time throughout the year.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Kingsport Aquatic Center front desk or call (423) 343-9758.