This year’s 70th Swim Across the Lake is underway in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Residents of the Central Okanagan clapped and cheered to the Black Eyed Peas’ I Gotta Feeling as the last swimmers entered Okanagan Lake’s water from West Kelowna.
Today’s weather forecast is expected to reach a high of 28 C. Today’s event also has a new free event just for kids as part of the event’s 70th anniversary.
A nine-year-old Kelowna resident has been training for the swim.
The race began in 1949 and is the longest-running and largest annual open water event in Canada.
Central Okanagan Search and Rescue tweeted that it was the largest race to date, with more than 1,300 swimmers.
— COSAR (@okrescue) July 14, 2018