Le Pine & Co Lake Taupō Across the Lake Swim
The first Lake Taupō Across the Lake was in 1963, now in its 56th year the event, New Zealand’s largest freshwater challenge, and Taupō’s longest running activity continues to have entries from around the country and the world. This year sees a continuation of last year's trend with a further increase in female swimmers.
The iconic swim attracts school students, veterans, recreational swimmers as well as those training for the Ironman multi-sport event held in Taupō the following week.
Top swimmers expect to finish the 4.2km course in less than an hour; the fastest swimmer in 2017 took 52.39 with Taupō man Mitch Nairn holding on to his 2009 record of 48.25.
Swimmers can choose from three open water categories: a 4.2km option from Acacia Bay to Three Mile Bay; an intermediate swim of 2km and a 1km loop at Three Mile Bay.
This year’s event, on Saturday 23 February, is expected to attract around 350 entries, with students from Taupō Intermediate School having a significant presence.
The event is owned and managed by the Lake Taupo Rotary Club and all net proceeds are returned to the community. Event Director, Ian Chamberlain says the event is a great way for swimmers of all abilities to have a go at an open water challenge.
“Safety is paramount and we’ve organised support crews in powerboats as well as kayaks alongside swimmers on the day. We’re mindful of protecting Lake Taupō and all wetsuits will be treated to stop the spread of aquatic pests such as didymo,” he says.
The event provides Ironman competitors with a training swim and is part of the TriTaupo4, Erin Baker, Cameron Brown Awards.