NEGAUNEE/ISHPEMING — Some gorgeous and sunny weather on Saturday, helped give the 11th Annual Swim Teal Lake: Benefit for Diabetes a great turn out.

A large number of volunteers paddled through the lake on kayaks and boats as well to ensure safety for all of the swimmers. Fortunately, no assistance was required. The swim across Teal Lake from the Negaunee side to the Ishpeming beach side is over two miles, but the weather gave the swimmers some help.

“It was a lot of fun, it was really sunny,” said Competitive Swimmer Christian Vanderkaay, “the temperature was great, the water temperature was perfect and so it made it a lot easier to swim and have fun that way.”

A supportive round of applause from family, friends, and members of the community greeted each of the swimmers as they finished. Over the first ten years, over one hundred thousand dollars has been raised by the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network. That money goes toward improving diabetes care and support across the Upper Peninsula.