Devon holiday cottage guests who were inspired by Keri-Anne Payne's impressive performance in the open water swimming event at London 2012 can see just how tough the sport is at the Dart 10k
Held in Totnes on 22nd September, the event is one for serious open water swimmers looking to beat their personal best and those who simply want to last the distance.
Participants will swim ten kilometres along the River Dart, cheered on by the watching crowds.
It is the aquatic equivalent of a marathon, so it's certainly not for everyone, but anyone who feels they are fit enough to make it is welcome to join in.
There will be an elite category for the professionals and timing chips will be available for anyone who does want to add a competitive element to the race.
But for the rest of the participants, the Dart 10k can simply be an enjoyable swim through the rolling countryside, with a chance to spot some of the local wildlife along the way.
At the finish line participants will be greeted with a wonderful party atmosphere, with live music, picnic areas, food stalls and hot tubs in which to warm up.
Entry costs £70 per person and includes a swim hat, a timing chip, transport back to Totnes where the race begins, extensive water safety support and a souvenir of the day.
Competitors are also invited to raise sponsorship for a charity of their choice or one of those nominated by organisers the Outdoor Swimming Society.
Of course the Dart 10k will also be a fantastic day out for those who aren't taking part, with plenty of picturesque viewing spots along the river.
The Dart runs through Dartmoor before meeting the sea at Dartmouth. Whitewater kayakers and canoeists can often be seen on the upper reaches of the river, while angling is also a popular activity.
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