BRISTOL — Registration is open for the 2017 Swim With A Mission. The family-friendly event is a charity open-water swim festival on Newfound Lake that honors and supports our veterans. Top fundraisers for the event will have a Navy SEAL swim with them and all participants and guests can meet U.S. Navy SEALs and enjoy a live U.S. Navy SEALs demonstration.

The event will take place at Wellington State Park on July 14. Registration is critical, as the race is capped at just 400 swimmers. In addition to being able to compete in one of America’s cleanest lakes, participants and their families will have the unique opportunity to get up close and meet the brave members of our elite special forces.

“We started this event as a way to honor our veterans and support their service to our country. This is a fun way to take advantage of Newfound Lake’s beautiful landscape while helping those who have honorably served our country in some of the most dangerous parts of the globe,” says Phil Taub, Founder of SWAM.

“This is a great concept, not only to showcase the specialized training necessary to become part of our special operations forces but also to raise money to help those who have made incredible sacrifices for our country. I think the participants who turn out to this event will be amazed at the skills on display by your Navy SEALs,” said Rick Kaiser, executive director of the Navy SEAL Museum and retired Navy SEAL Master Chief.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Navy SEAL Museum, Veterans Count and the Bridge House Homeless Shelter & Veterans Advocacy. To qualify, swimmers must be able to swim one mile comfortably in under 40 minutes and raise a minimum of $500. For more information on the registration requirements, the swim route and how to support, visit

This article was originally published in The Laconia Daily Sun.

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