Volunteers in kayaks needed to support Lake Champlain Open Water Swim Aug. 18

STAFF REPORT

Dozens of swimmers are expected to take to Lake Champlain next weekend in the 4th annual Lake Champlain Open Water Swim from Essex, N.Y., to Charlotte.

A benefit for the Lake Champlain Committee, the 3.76-mile race begins Saturday, Aug. 18, at 9:30 a.m. and ends around noon.

Organizer Christophe Lissarrague of Shelburne said about 50 swimmers are expected from all over New England, Quebec and of course, Vermont.

In addition, the event deploys dozens of kayakers to the water to follow racers. More volunteers are still needed to help in that role, Lissarrague said.

The race is open to participants age 18 and over; registration fee is $55 and registration closes on
Aug. 12.

Organizers say the race is rain or shine but should conditions be too windy that support craft cannot navigate, it will be postponed to Aug. 25.

An award ceremony will be held at the Charlotte town beach at 1 p.m. where drinks and energy will be available for swimmers.

Participating swimmers are encouraged to gather pledges to benefit the Lake Champlain Committee’s work for clean, accessible water.

The nonprofit committee for more than 50 years has been an environmental advocate for “drinkable water, edible fish, and swimmable beaches,” its website explains.

To register to swim or to volunteer with an escort boat, visit the event website: lakechamplainopenwaterswim.com.

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