Swimmers take on Swimathon challenge
Keen local swimmers were out in force over the weekend to take on the Aquatics Horowhenua Swimathon challenge.
Swimathon Horowhenua, now in its second year, was held on Saturday at the Levin Aquatic Centre.
There were a variety of event options available to entrants, with swims of three different lengths.
The shortest was 1.5km, which works out to 60 lengths of the pool, the middle distance was a 2.5km or 100-length swim, while the longest option was a 5km or 200-length challenge.
Aquatics Horowhenua Programmes and Events Supervisor Lewis Young said Swimathon was an opportunity for people to challenge themselves and to make a positive difference in the community.
“People enter for different reasons. Some set themselves a goal to meet and enter as a way to improve their fitness. Others do it to raise money for charity or as a team bonding experience,” he said.
Swimmers entered as individuals or as part of a relay team of up to six people, and there was something to suit everyone, from novice to expert swimmers.
Local businesses backed the event, including NZME, snackaball makers Tom and Luke and swimwear company Zoggs which contributed swimming caps and prizes.