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The Lake Chelan Swim is set to take place in Manson this Saturday, Sep. 9

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The Lake Chelan Swim welcomes swimmers over the age of 12 to participate in the swim. There are a few competitive swimmers, but mostly the swim is all about having fun. (Photo courtesy of the Lake Chelan Swim)

Registration for the 7th annual Lake Chelan Swim is currently open as people prepare for the 1.5 mile swim from Willow Point Park to Manson Bay Park in Manson, WA. The swim takes place this Saturday, September 9, 2017, always the first Saturday after Labor Day.

This athletic fundraiser raises funds for swimming safety awareness and funds for free swimming lessons for both residents and visitors at Manson Bay Park.

The event is held at beautiful Lake Chelan, welcoming adults and children (over 12) of any fitness level. You don’t have to be a competitive swimmer to participate, this is a fun event suitable for the whole family!

All swimmers must attend a mandatory safety meeting the morning of the swim. Once the meeting is finished, swimmers and spectators will be bussed up to Willow Bay Park. (Photo courtesy of the Lake Chelan Swim)

The Lake Chelan Swim is all about having fun. Volunteers in kayaks and on jet-skis are on hand to assist swimmers should they need help or rest. (Photo courtesy of the Lake Chelan Swim)

The swim is 1.5 miles long and starts at Willow Point Park and goes to Manson Bay Park on the north shore of Lake Chelan.

Co-founder Judy Phelps, along with her counterpart Manson Bay Park lifeguard Viki Downey, created the swim in order to provide swimming lessons for locals who want to become competent swimmers.

Before the Lake Chelan Swim fundraiser, swim lessons were available for $40 a person. Those lessons are now available for free to anyone. 

Manson resident Phelps expects around 70 swimmers over the age of 12 to participate in the swim. There are a few competitive swimmers, but mostly the swim is all about having fun.

The Lake Chelan Swim is an athletic fundraiser that raises funds for swimming safety awareness and funds for free swimming lessons for both residents and visitors at Manson Bay Park. (Photo courtesy of the Lake Chelan Swim)

The fundraising race is always on the first Saturday after Labor Day weekend, and the water gets colder, so wetsuits are suggested.

As part of the rules, flotation devices are not allowed, though flippers are. Volunteers in kayaks and on jet-skis are on hand to assist swimmers should they need help or rest.

The cost for participating in the race is $25 and registration is available online. Day-of race registration is also available and costs $30, payable by cash or check.

Volunteers in kayaks and on jet-skis are on hand to assist swimmers should they need help or rest. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

Packet pickup and check-in begins at 9 a.m. at Manson Bay Park. At 11 a.m., all swimmers must be at the mandatory safety meeting. Once the meeting is finished, swimmers and spectators will be bussed up to Willow Bay Park. 

For more information, interested swimmers can visit the Lake Chelan Swim website  or visit their Facebook page.

(By Christine Eagar)

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