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July 16, 2019

6/22/2019 7:27:00 AM
Minocqua Island Swim Challenge to benefit local public safety dive team

The 2019 Minocqua Island Swim Challenge will be held Saturday, June 29 at Torpy Park in downtown Minocqua.

Over 100 swimmers will compete in the one mile or the 400 meter open water swim challenge, which benefits the Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team. The event is organized by the dive team with the help of the Minocqua-Lakeland Breakfast Rotary Club.

Last year, over 100 swimmers came from all over the state to race, challenge themselves and raise funds for the dive team, organizers said in a press release.

Swimmers start in the waist deep, 70-plus degree water of Lake Minocqua at the beach in Torpy Park. The Island Swim Challenge is an out-and-back course; one half mile to a buoy near Devine Island and back to the beach. There will be large buoys marking the course every 200 meters with smaller buoys in between; 400 meter swimmers will swim to the first buoy and then back to the beach.

The cost to enter is $40 and includes a commemorative towel, swim cap, goody bag and finish line food.

"Participants are helping a worthy organization aiding and protecting those who use the area's lakes and waterways," the release states.

The Swim Challenge offers a safe course which appeals to the recreational lap swimmer as well as competitive age group swimmers and triathletes, the release continues. It is a race put on by swimmers for swimmers of all levels. Awards will be presented to overall male and female winners and age group first, second and third place finishers.

In addition to the Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team, which handles course design and race safety as well as concession sales, the event also includes volunteers from the Lake Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lake Protection Association who will be out in full force helping with course safety and traffic control. Dozens of volunteer paddlers will also provide additional support in the water.

The Oneida County Public Safety Dive Team is currently made up of 13 public safety divers who are committed to assisting local communities in water-related emergencies. 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. The Dive Team helps keep the area's residents and thousands of visitors safe every year.

Registration and packet pick-up pre-registration and packet pickup is from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 28, and from 7 to 8 a.m. on June 29.

There will be a mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:30 a.m. Cost to register is $40.

For additional information about the race or to register, visit or Tortoise & Hare Race Management at

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