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Up For A Swim? Fundraiser For OC Dive Team Is Saturday

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Swimmers can still sign up for a swim challenge in Mincoqua to aid the local public safety dive team.

The Minocqua Island Swim Challenge returns Saturday, June 29.

The Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team is made up of 13 divers.. They provide immediate response to water related emergencies throughout Oneida County's 1,200 square miles, over 1,000 lakes and 74,000 acres of water.

Swim Challenge race director Laura Fuhrman is also a member of the dive team and tells us about the fundraiser...

"...We swim one mile in Lake Minocqua starting from Torpy Park beach. It's an 'out and back' course. We also offer a 400 meter race as well if people don't want to swim the mile. It's all for a benefit for the Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team...."

She says they've had a variety of swimmers participating in past events...

"We've had swimmers as young as 10 and as old as 79. I think it appeals to all ages. We have plenty of kayak safety monitoring everybody's progress, so I think most people think it's a good way to either try an open water swim for the first time or to compete...in their swimming career..."

The entry fee is $40.00 and includes a commemorative towel, swim cap, goody bag and finish line food. Awards will be presented to overall male and female winners and age group first, second & third place finishers. Fuhrman says they need to fundraise to keep diver safely geared up.

More information is at their Facebook page island swim challenge or can register online at Tortoise & Hare Race Management or they can come to Torpy Park Friday night to register.

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