The Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association is sponsoring a program of 7 swims on some of the most beautiful lakes in our region in 2013. Caspian, Lake Memphremagog, Willoughby, Island Pond, Crystal and Seymour lakes are included in the events, which will take place from August 9 through 18. Swimmers will use Highland Lodge as a base during this time.
The NKOWSA also sponsors the Kingdom Swim, Seymour Swim, Willoughby Swim and In Search of Memphre at other times during the summer. The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas.
The Caspian Swim is from the Public Beach to Bathtub Rocks and back (or one way with a shuttle to return). Participants can sign up for the swim on the NEKOWSA Kingdom Swim website.
NEKOWSA, a division of Indoor Recreation Orleans County, was established in January of 2010 with the purpose to organize and promote swimming in the legendary lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and to raise funds for our rural area’s struggling, financially challenged sports, fitness, and recreation center, IROC. In 2012 NEKOWSA hosted seven swims, with over 375 swimmers signing on. Swimmers are now coming from 36 different states and three Canadian provinces and are travelling from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Great Britain and Mumbai, India. The events have been sanctioned by USMS and USA Swimming. They are challenging, totally fun, awesome venues, well supported and safety conscious swims for young and old alike.
For further information on these events during summer 2013, please see the NEKOWSA website.