Sunrise Swim for Healthcare raises more than $4,000 for Huntsville Hospital Foundation

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It may have been early, but it was for a good cause and, as a bonus, there was a beautiful sunrise to enjoy.

One hundred and twenty-seven swimmers gathered at Camp Kitchen on July 7 for a 7 a.m. start at the Sunrise Swim for Healthcare. Registration fees and pledges amounting to more than $4,000 were gathered for the Huntsville Hospital Foundation.

“It’s a great local cause for us to be here for today,” said TriMuskoka president, Jon Morton.

The annual event is hosted by the local triathlon club and gives athletes from near and far a casual opportunity to preview part of the swim course for the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka swim, which was held on Sunday, July 8. Swimmers exiting the water said that at 75°F (about 24ºC) it was almost too warm for wet suits.

The OPP and volunteer spotters were out on the water to ensure the swimmers stayed safe. And when the swimmers returned to Camp Kitchen, volunteers noted the number each had been assigned so they would know that everyone was out of the water.

Following their swim, athletes could enjoy a beverage at the NyDock swim-up coffee bar or breakfast back on shore courtesy of Bullock’s Independent, Farmer’s Daughter, Henrietta’s Pine Bakery and Tim Hortons.

Everyone who registered for the swim was entered in a draw for an Axiom speaker.

It's called the Sunrise Swim for a reason (Photo: TriMuskoka / Facebook)

It’s called the Sunrise Swim for a reason (Photo: TriMuskoka / Facebook)

It was a foggy but warm morning for the Sunrise Swim for Healthcare hosted by TriMuskoka in support of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation

It was a foggy but warm morning for the Sunrise Swim for Healthcare hosted by TriMuskoka in support of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation

They might look chilly, but the water was a warm 75F for the swim

They might look chilly, but the water was a warm 75F for the swim

The OPP and volunteer spotters were on the water to ensure the swimmers were safe

The OPP and volunteer spotters were on the water to ensure the swimmers were safe

(From left) Trish Kruusmagi and Katherine Craine from HHF and TriMuskoka president Jon Morton

(From left) Trish Kruusmagi and Katherine Craine from HHF and TriMuskoka president Jon Morton

Swimmers enjoy coffee at the NyDock swim-up coffee bar after their swim

Swimmers enjoy coffee at the NyDock swim-up coffee bar after their swim

Timmies tastes good everywhere

Timmies tastes good everywhere

Getting coffee to shore takes some creativity

Getting coffee to shore takes some creativity

Katherine Craine goes on a milk run, er, paddle for the coffee bar

Katherine Craine goes on a milk run, er, paddle for the coffee bar

Swimmers enjoy coffee at the NyDock swim-up coffee bar after their swim

Evelynn Funston (right) calls out Jane Wolfe's number to be removed from the board

Evelynn Funston (right) calls out Jane Wolfe’s number to be removed from the board

Ryan Kirkby from the Huntsville Hospital Foundation removes swimmer bracelets from a board: a safety measure to ensure all of the swimmers are out of the water

Ryan Kirkby from the Huntsville Hospital Foundation removes swimmer bracelets from a board: a safety measure to ensure all of the swimmers are out of the water

Breakfast was sponsored by Bullock's Independent, Farmer's Daughter, Henrietta's Pine Bakery and Tim Hortons

Breakfast was sponsored by Bullock’s Independent, Farmer’s Daughter, Henrietta’s Pine Bakery and Tim Hortons

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