Friday July 12, 2013 | 09:02 AM
Posted by In the City

If you happen to see hundreds of swim-cap-covered heads bobbing along through the water toward East End Beach Saturday morning it isn't because the residents of Peaks Island suddenly decided isalnd life isn't for them. 

It's because nearly 400 swimmers - of all kinds of experience levels - decided a 2.4-mile swim would be a good challenge. 

Scott Nelson, 63, of Dover Foxcroft celebrates as he approaches the finish line during the 2012 Peaks to Portland swim. Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer

This year's competitors in the Cyrus Hagge YMCA Peaks to Portland race will be taking off in waves starting at 9 a.m. from Peaks Island and making their way to East End Beach for a couple reasons: to prove they can do it and to help raise money for children's swim lessons at the Portland YMCA.

So if you are out and about in the city tomorrow morning, grab your coffee and head to the East End. You'll see two of the best open-water swimmers from here to Japan - Westbrook's Pat Gallant-Charette and Japan's Miyuki Fujita. 

The fastest will hit land in around 45 minutes. Those in the back of the pack will take a bit longer. Every last one of them deserves some cheers from the beach.

For more on the Peaks to Portland check out Greg Reid's story in today's sports section.


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