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Across the Lake swim has been plying Okanagan Lake for 70 years

The Across the Lake Swim takes place in Kelowna this weekend.
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July 12, 2018 - 7:30 AM

KELOWNA - When Amelia-Ahn Lou takes to the waters of Okanagan Lake on Saturday for the two-kilometre Across the Lake Swim, the rules demand she have an escort boat, unlike many of her competitors.

Then again, she is only nine.

An escort for young swimmers is just one of the rules governing athletes during the 70th anniversary running of the open water event.

Several hundred swimmers of varying ages and abilities will start out from the Old Ferry Dock on the west side and swim 2.1 km to the brightly-marked finish on Hot Sands Beach in Kelowna’s City Park.

First held in 1949, the popular event is supported by the Across the Lake Swim Society and title sponsor Interior Savings.

The water temperature today is 20.7C according to their website and is expected to be even warmer on race day. The swim begins at 8 a.m. and spectators are encouraged.

City Park will not be closed although there will be some downtown parking restrictions from 3 a.m. to 12 noon.

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