Eagle Lake in Warren County, on the western side of the state of Mississippi will hold the first Mississippi Open Water Swim Championship this weekend.
Hosted by the Vicksburg Swim Association, the event features a 0.25-, 0.5- and 1-mile swims.
Sheri Wallace, the race director, told the Vicksburg Post, "Plenty of safety precautions are being taken in a lake full of various critters: alligators, snakes, turtles and fish, to name a few. It’s very adventurous. It’s definitely more difficult than swimming laps in a pool. Anything dangerous, wildlife is going to take care of it. But that’s part of the adventure. We joked with the kids that that it might make them swim faster."
Official with river rescue crews from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will be on hand to assist the event's safety personnel.