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In a field of 250 swimmers at the 2015 Buzzards Bay Swim, sisters Rachel Ashley and Rebekah Ashley Rubin crossed the finish line in 73rd and 74th place, respectively. It took them just under 33 minutes to swim the 1.2-mile course from New Bedford to Fairhaven. But this is the moment they remember:

The Sawmill

At the edge of New Bedford’s urban North End sits The Sawmill, a 19-acre former industrial lumber yard on the Acushnet River. This Buzzards Bay Coalition-owned public park protects the river’s health and offers local residents of all ages a beautiful place to explore the outdoors here at the Acushnet River Reserve.