Kelowna is celebrating its 30th annual Apple Triathlon in August this year.
Okanagan Masters Swim Club will once again host the FINA accredited Kelowna Apple Open Water Swim Invitational, in the waters of Okanagan Lake during the same weekend.
The swim events take place on Aug. 17 and 18.
In addition to the 1.5 kilometre and five-kilometre events, a 500 meter event has been introduced to attract younger competitors and others who may be new to open water swimming.
Calgary’s “golden swim couple,” Glenn and Jeanne Carlsen will take part again this year.
Jeanne Carlsen has won the women’s five-kilometre event at the Apple Open Water Swim Invitational for the last couple of years.
She recently took first position in the three-kilometre open water event for the 50-54 age group at the 14th FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy.
For the World Masters Championships open water swim there were so many entries, that more than 2,300 participants were spread in more than 45 heats in two days to swim the three-kilometre long track in the Adriatic Sea.
Okanagan Lake promises a calmer swim at Tugboat Beach.
“Okanagan Masters Swim Club, as host for the event, plans to build the Kelowna Apple Open Water Swim Invitational into one of the leading open water swimming events in Canada,” said Jeanette Hoft of the swim club.
Register online at okmasters.com/meets/2012-apple-open-water-invitational.
For more information on the summer season with Okanagan Masters visit the OMSC website at okmasters.com.