View of backs of three swimmers as they enter Lake Lanier for Swim Across America event

Three of the more than 500 swimmers enter the water during Swim Across America – Atlanta in September.

More than 525 swimmers jumped into the waters surrounding the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue last month for the annual charity event.

“Turnout was huge!” said Jenifer Howard, spokesperson for Swim Across America – Atlanta. She said more than 528 swimmers along with more than 50 volunteers were at the event. Fourteen Olympians also participated in the swim.

“More than $350,000 was raised and that amount is still growing.” She said donations are still being accepted with funds going to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“We are thrilled with the huge turn-out of swimmers and volunteers at our 10th annual Swim Across America Atlanta open water swim,” said Alison Milksops, co-event director of the swim. “I’ve been involved for all 10 years – since the start of this swim in 2013, and have to say that each year, I’m more proud of how our Atlanta community comes together to make waves in the fight against cancer.”

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Photo: by Pam Lennard, Stillscapes Photography Studio