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Atlanta Open Water Swim set for Sept. 17 in Buford
Event to raise funds for cancer research
Four-time American Olympian Heather Petri hugs other swimmers during a previous Swim Across America event. Petri was part of the 2012 gold medal water polo team. About 20 current and former Olympians are expected to participate in the Atlanta Open Water swim Sept. 17 in Buford.

Swimmers of all ages and levels plan to plunge into the waters of Lake Lanier and raise money for early stage cancer research through a Swim Across America event.

The fourth annual Atlanta Open Water Swim will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17, at the new venue of Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, in Buford.

A national nonprofit dedicated to raising money through nationwide swimming events, Swim Across America unites Olympians, recreational and competitive swimmers, master swimmers, kayakers and dozens of volunteers all committed to raising funds for early stage cancer research at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Close to 20 current and former Olympians will join more than 500 regional swimmers for the 1 mile and 5-kilometer course options, as well as a 4-by-half-mile relay.

But the Atlanta Open Water Swim will not just be about swimming through Lake Lanier. Entertainment, music, awards, patient stories and family-friendly activities will be part of the event at Lanier Islands’ Sunset Cove.

Registration cost $50 before Aug. 15 and $75 after that date. To register online, visit

For more information about Swim Across America, visit

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