Swimmer Dies at Annual Swim at Lake Audubon

by Karen Goff May 24, 2015 at 11:15 pm 5,452 13 Comments

2015 Jim McDonnell Lake Swim

A 63-year-old man who was participating in the Jim McDonnell Lake Swim at Lake Audubon died on Sunday after losing consciousness during the event.

The lake swims are an annual Memorial Day weekend event organized and hosted by the Reston Masters Swim Team. Swimmers take part in a two-mile open water loop around Lake Audubon.

Dr. Kennon Woods, a dentist from Raleigh, N.C., was removed from the water about 11:45 a.m. by on-site emergency medical staff using an aquatic vehicle, Reston Association said. CPR was initiated and he was transferred to an ambulance and taken to Reston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from cardiopulmonary arrest.

While Woods’ death took place at an RA lake, it was not an RA-sponsored event.

RA issued this statement:

Reston Association works with the Reston Masters Swim Team each year prior to this event to ensure procedures are in place. Specifically, RA advises and coordinates logistics for borrowing boats and other equipment.

The Reston Masters Swim Team is responsible for safety measures and forming the Emergency Action Plan, which reportedly functioned as planned on Sunday. The swimmer was removed from the water within one minute, allowing EMS to immediately transport him to Reston Hospital.

The Jim McDonnell Lake Swim has been held for the last 28 years. It is named in memory of avid Reston Masters swimmer Jim McDonnell, who died in 1998 of lymphoma.

Lake Audubon will be the site later this summer of an open water swim and the swim portion of the triathlon at the 2015 World Police Fire Games. It will also hold the swim portion of the Reston Triathlon in September.

  • Alex Mac

    May he rest in peace and the family find joy in his memory and in their hearts.

  • RAmember2

    Please note that the RA statement didn’t express an iota of regret or condolence to the McDonnell family and friends. It just laid out a legal position to protect itself. Typical RA CYA.

    • TorchRunner5

      And you used the death of a human being to take a shot at ra.

    • east297

      Ignore TR5…you are absolutely correct!

    • Reston Watcher

      Classy of you RAmember2 what a DB you are! Maybe we can stay focused on the issue, Oh yeah some poor guy is dead.

      • Guest

        Hmmmmm, maybe RA could have “focused on the issue” too.

  • shagga

    The dreaded Candiru got him, the new residents probably seeded the lake with them.

  • Constance (Connie) Hartke

    This fellow had swum this race several times in past years. Family members and I have been volunteers in boats at similar events on Lake Audubon, and we will be out there for the Fire & Police games this summer. I have no doubt that all that was humanly possible was done. My sympathy to his family and also to the volunteers who are also affected.

  • Cluster Tycoon

    He died doing what he liked doing best, I could not think of a better way to go. RIP Dr. Kennon Woods, you’re a great man – we will miss you!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Rest in peace, Dr. Kennon Woods. My sympathies to your family, friends and acquaintances.

  • Kendra Locklear

    RIP Dr. Woods!! You were a great person and inspiration to all people around you. You will be missed!

  • Swimster

    I herd that he was slowing down and doing sidestroke when the lifeguards asked if he was ok. He said he was fine and kept on swimming until he passed. Guards were near him the whole time. It wasn’t anyone’s fault, I’m sure he just thought he was tired and needed to work through it. Too sad.

  • Richard Ferguson

    Sorry to hear this, my heart of sadness goes out to his family for death is something we all must face but it hurts to lose a love one and a dedicated and wonderful person like . Kennon. May the family be in the arms of peace and love of God forever.
    Richard Ferguson, classmate of 73.


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