The Sun Moon Lake International Swimming Carnival, one of the world's top 100 open water swims, was held yesterday in the largest lake in Taiwan. The world's largest mass participation swim, attracted its self-imposed maximum of 20,000 participants, including swimmers between the ages of 10 and 76.
193 disabled swimmers and 230 swimmers outside Taiwan also participated. Chen Guei-san, chairman of the Puli Swimming Association, said, "The fact that so many swimmers come and take part in the challenge will only encourage more international participants to come."
With so many swimmers, parking, hotel accommodations and safety are just some of the issues that the race organizers must wrestle with in the beautifully tranquil lake at 760 meters (2,493 feet) in altitude. But with so many swimmers participating in the event, its success seems without question.
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