Clad in compulsory wetsuits, participants splash the 4.2 kilometres from Acacia Bay to Three Mile Bay in cold, fresh water. It’s a challenging swim, but not too gruelling to put off the repeat competitors who return year after year. For those swimmers who wish to complete a smaller challenge, there are shorter one and two-kilometre course challenges.
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.
The event is owned and organised by Lake Taupō Rotary, with all net proceeds 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.
The iconic event provides enthusiastic competitive and non-competitive swimmers a chance to complete a swim challenge in Taupo’s beautiful freshwater lake.