Swim Teal Lake benefit for diabetes a full go

NEGAUNEE — The water is splashing here at Teal Lake, the location for July 25th’s 17th annual Swim Teal Lake Benefit for Diabetes.

“We’re hoping to have about 60 swimmers in the water, and kayakers, and it’s going to be a real fun day,” said Kristen Cambensy, Race Director for the Swim Teal Lake event. “We’re doing everything we can to still have a fun event, despite all the COVID stuff going on.”

Teal lake, 505 acres in size, has been the location for this event since 2004.

All the proceeds are used by the U.P Diabetes Outreach Network to help with diabetes care throughout the U.P.

In years past, the weather has not been so good. In fact, it’s been downright cold. But this year, the sun is shining and it is perfect day swimming.

“The water temp is close to 80 right now. Normally we have lots of swimmers wearing wet suits. They might not even need them this year but it should be a good day,” said Cambensy.

Notable names have participated in previous conditions such as Peter Vanderkaay in 2005 and Mark Spitz in 2009.

The pandemic may have dampened the event, but Cambensy is still hopeful for a great day.

“We’re just hoping that we can have a safe and fun event, and that we can come back stronger for next year too.”

The race consists of the “Short and Sweet” swim that’s a quarter mile at 8:30 am, and the beginner and competitive swim that’s 2.25 miles, starting at 9 and 9:30 am.

The deadline to sign up is July 24th or right before the race. For more information, click here, or to register for the event, contact Kristen Cambensy at (906) 273-1120 or cambensyk@upcap.org