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Across lake swim turns 70

Canada's largest and longest-running open water swim event, held right here in Kelowna, is celebrating its 70th year this summer.

The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim began in 1949, with an estimated 20 participants according to Peter Rudd, race director.

On July 14, 2018, 1,500 swimmers are expecting to take to Okanagan Lake on the Westside, finishing the 2.1 kilometre swim in City Park.

“The Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim is part of Kelowna history and it’s a story we want to tell as part of our 70th celebrations in 2018,” said Rudd.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations, swim organizers are looking historical photos, stories, articles or past awards related to the swim.

“We would also love to talk to swimmers, or their family members, who were a part of earlier swims,” said Alexis MacMillan, media volunteer for the swim.

Those with historical memorabilia from the race can contact organizers at [email protected]

Registration for the 2018 swim can be completed here.  



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