Space filling up in Across the Lake Swim

Popular event back for yet another year

More than half of the available spots in the annual Across the Lake Swim with just over a month to go before the popular event.

The 63rd annual Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim is scheduled for July 16 and the event is filling up fast. The entries are capped at 500 swimmers, and the event sold out last year. To date, almost 300 people are already signed up.

This year’s Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim is better and safer than ever, according to organizers, with safety as the highest priority.

The entry fee includes a ferry ride to the start line on the Westside, and the start will be held in 5 waves based on estimated finishing times.

Multiple support boats, the RCMP, kayakers and 20 lifeguards are on the water to ensure safety for everyone.

New this year is a gear corral at the finish line where participants can check in their dry clothes in their numbered race bag to pick up after their swim.

The race prides itself to have the best race bags around including not only the popular ATLS towel but also lots of other goodies. There are also prizes for nearly everyone at the finish line.

Lots of training time is left with preparation available at one of the many pools around town or with swim clubs such as Okanagan Masters at H2O, the Westside Thunder Masters at Johnson-Bentley Pool or the Kelowna Family Y Masters at Athans Pool.

Race registration includes open water swim clinics with local swim coaches on Saturday mornings at Gyro Beach, starting June 4 at 7 a.m. Aqua Sphere, the Gyro Open Water Swim Clinic sponsor, will be on hand this Saturday, June 4, to provide draw prizes and swim caps. Swimmers can also demo the newest goggles and the new Aqua Sphere “Phantom” wetsuit.

Registration is available at www.acrossthelakeswim.com. On the web site you will also find features of the event, details and a schedule for race day, a new video educating swimmers about the event, as well as tips for swimming safety and open waver swim training. The swim is also on Twitter at @atlskelowna, providing daily water temperature tweets for the lake during the summer.

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