Navy SEALs to showcase skills on Newfound LakeBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent
July 12. 2018 11:49PM
BRISTOL — Some of the nation’s most elite warriors will showcase their unique skills and readiness on Saturday during the annual Swim with a Mission open-water swim festival founded to both honor and support veterans.
Julie and Phil Taub of Bedford cofounded the event after becoming frustrated that veterans were being treated so poorly.
Last year’s inaugural festival attracted more than 2,000 people to Newfound and raised in excess of $370,000. Proceeds support the Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, Fla., Veterans Count and other local veterans organizations in the Lakes Region.
“We are so grateful that our first year was such a great success and are exceedingly appreciative of every swimmer, donor, sponsor, volunteer and participant who helped make this mission victorious,” says the group’s website.
The 208-acre Wellington State Park at 614 West Shore Road in Bristol boasts the largest freshwater swimming beach in New Hampshire’s State Park System, and is home base for the festival.
The festival is free and will open to the public at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m., but the park will charge its regular entrance fee.
Individual races for preregistered swimmers at distances of 10K, 5K and 1K will be held along with a 10-mile team relay. All courses are open water swims in a loop pattern that start and end at Wellington State Park. Racing will start at 7 a.m. and continue until noon.
Each swimmer had to raise at least $500 to participate, and teams had to meet a fundraising goal of $1,500 for a team of three; $2,000 for a team of four, and $2,500 for a team of five.
Once the races conclude, participants and their families will have the opportunity to meet U.S. Navy SEALs and watch them demonstrate their training, including parachuting skills and how they deploy the Navy SEAL K-9 Unit.
Festival-goers will find a variety of food served up by the Common Man, Dube-n-Dogs, and Sub-Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream. Music will be provided by deejay Adam Furious of Rock 101. There will also be face painting and other activities for kids, and a 50/50 raffle are among some of the other offerings.
More information can be found at www.swimwithamission.org.