Back To The Future With The Kingdom Swim
The Return of Kingdom Swim will be held this weekend on July 23rd and 24th in Vermont’s Lake Memphremagog after last year’s pandemic driven hiatus.
Race director Phil White says, “The iconic 10 Mile Race is the flagship race of the Kingdom Swim. This is how we started the event in 2009, but the event has grown to include a 1-mile, 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races. Kayakers and race officials are watching swimmers from France and 20 states all day, from 5:30 am to 5:00 pm.
We are asking all motorboats to travel slowly on Memphremagog and to be watchful for swimmers and their kayakers throughout the day. A local flotilla of motorized patrol boats will be providing support for the swimmers and yackers. Boats will be marked with yellow flags and SLOW SWIMMER signs.
The Festival starts on July 23rd when the Class of 2020 is inducted in the Vermont as the Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame inducts the Class of 2020 at Jasper’s Tavern at 4 pm.*
Swimmers and yackers and any others who want will march down Main Street in the Memphremagog Parade at 6 pm (We gather at the parking lot on Fyfe Drive at 5:30 pm.) The parade is organized by Memphremagog Community Maritime (Northern Star), Memphremagog Watershed Association, and Kingdom Games to celebrate Mighty Memphremagog, the Return of the Northern Star, the Return of Kingdom Swim, and the ongoing work of MWA to preserve and improve our great lake.
Pets, floats, and banners are invited. Costumes are encouraged with prizes for the best dressed pets and humans. The parade will be followed by our annual Swimmers and Yackers Pasta Dinner at the EastSide Restaurant, with music by Patti Casey and Tom MacKenzie, and a full day of swimming the next day.”
* Class of 2020 Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees:
- Ian Grimmer, marathon swimmer
- Paul Asmuth, marathon swimmer
- Vera Rivard, marathon swimmer and winter swimmer
- Pam Ladds, contributor and winter swimmer
- Mark Whitt, contributor
- Team Rivard, contributors including Darcie Rivard, Kevin Rivard, Margaret Rivard, and Vera Rivard
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