All Buzzards Bay Swim participants enjoy the reward of helping save Buzzards Bay – but it's also nice to get some hardware, too. Swimmers can win prizes for fundraising, and the fastest swimmers in each age group win individual awards.
Individuals can win awards for fundraising, finish time, and length of participation.
The fastest overall male and female swimmers will win awards. The fastest swimmers in each of the following age groups will also win awards: 11-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-90.
Length of Participation
Swimmers who have participated in 5, 10, or 20 Buzzards Bay Swims are honored with an award.
Pukwudgie Award - 20 Swims
If you've done 20 Buzzards Bay Swims, you're probably as magical (and wrinkled) as a pukwudgie! The Pukwudgie Award honors swimmers who have participated in 20 Buzzards Bay Swims, swimming a total of 24 miles, equivalent to the full length of the Bay. Pukwudgies are figures from native Wampanoag folklore known for making mischief along the shores of Buzzards Bay.
Cuttyhunk Award - 10 Swims
Swimmers who have participated in ten Buzzards Bay Swims — swimming a total of 12 miles, equivalent to the distance from New Bedford to Cuttyhunk Island — receive the Cuttyhunk Award.
Six Mile Award - 5 Swims
Swimmers who have participated in five Buzzards Bay Swims will receive the Six Mile Award. This award honors swimmers who have swam a total of 6 miles (1.2 miles for five years), equivalent to swimming the entire width of Buzzards Bay.