Thirty-one brave souls in orange caps raised almost $1,000 for local organizations in a swim across the Snake River last weekend.
Joy Smith, the president of the Waitsburg Commcercial Club, said the group of aquatic adventurers was accompanied by a flotilla of boats from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Franklin and Columbia County Sheriff’s departments, and a handful of kayaks to keep swimmers on course.
“All the swimmers really came through in fine form,” said Smith.
About 50 onlookers cheered the swimmers as they made their way from Lyons Ferry Park across the river to Lyons Ferry Marina, a 0.7 mile course.
The Waitsburg Commercial Club was one of the event’s sponsors.
Participants paid a registration fee, which will be donated to the Blue Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council, as well as the summer swim teams for Dayton and Pomeroy.
Lisa Naylor, event organizer and executive director of the Council, said she was pleased with the first year’s turnout, and hopes Swim the Snake can include more people in future years.
“It was a really fun event, small, but with potential to grow,” she wrote in an email.