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Across the Lake Swim turns 50

Across the Lake Swim turns 50

Taupō’s longest running event, the swim from Acacia Bay to Three Mile Bay turns 50 next month and the jubilee celebrations are attracting hundreds to enter, watch and enjoy the festivities.

Some of the original 1963 participants are expected to be at the start Along with kayakers who traditionally support swimmers in the water.

Taupō Moana Rotary Club owns the event and organiser and member Josh Edlin says he’s looking forward to the half-century celebrations.

“ We’ve put together a retro theme,” he says. “And, at Three Mile Bay where swimmers finish, there’s plenty of action and entertainment for non-swimmers, families and spectators.

“That said, water safety is key and we hope the event can highlight water safety measures and messages.”

The 4.2km swim across the lake and 1km short course concludes with a breakfast barbecue and entertainment at Three Mile Bay Hosted by Plunket all proceeds go back to that organisation while Taupō Moana Rotary distributes proceeds from the event to the wider community.

“The swim is a great training opportunity for those competing in the Ironman and makes up part of the Erin Baker, Cameron Brown and Tri-Taupō four awards,” say Josh.

The Across the Lake swim is on 23 February and registrations close on 22 February. Mr Edlin has sponsored a new look website which includes ticketing and registration.

Taupō District Event Manager Nick Reader says it’s great to have an event run for 50 years.

“What a wonderful achievement! It just shows that events are well embedded in the culture of the Taupō District.”

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