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Posted: Saturday, August 24, 2019 7:22 pm | Updated: 7:42 pm, Sat Aug 24, 2019.

Swimmers raced into a clear Saturday morning for the Murky Mile at Cave Run Lake. 

The race featured three races—a half-mile, a mile and a 2.4 mile—on a course parallel to dam, with the start/finish line at Stoney Cove.

Reece Pennington competed in their longest event, the 2.4-mile Ironman. He has been to Florida, Tennessee and North Carolina to compete in other open water races. 

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Swimmers prepare for the start of the Murky Mile along Stoney Cove at Cave Run Lake Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Salt Lick, Ky. Photo by Zoe Hall. Zoe Hall

The Pannell Swim Shop out of Lexington hosted the event. Cody Barnes, manager of the store, said that people like April Jackson often use this race as a preparatory step for the Louisville and Chattanooga Ironman.   

“This is my first long-distance open water swim,” said Jackson, who has been swimming since she was six-years-old.

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Volunteers kayak onto the Murky Mile course along Stoney Cove at Cave Run Lake Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Salt Lick, Ky. Photo by Zoe Hall. Zoe Hall

Salt Lick Fire and Rescue joined volunteers on kayaks for extra safety measures.  

 “What we do is more than just fire,” said Chief Brent Frizzell. “We do rescue, which is everything from vehicle extrication to water rescue to low-angle rescue, swift water rescue.” 

Frizzell has volunteered for the race with assistant chief L.W. Patton for three years, but has been with the department for much longer.

“The two of us have been volunteering for an excess of 40 years,” said Frizzell. “It’s just helping people in the community.”  

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L.W. Patton, the assistant chief of Salt Lick Fire and Rescue, keeps an eye out for troubled swimmers during the Murky Mile along Cave Run Lake’s Stoney Cove Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Salt Lick, Ky. Photo by Julianna Leach. Julianna Leach

Barnes said the community surrounding swimming is unique because it often holds a variety of people from all different sports.

“We have kind of a weird mix of the runners, the bikers, the swimmers,” said Barnes. 

Stoney Cove turned out to be an ideal location for the event because of its proximity and feedback from participants, said Barnes.

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Three girls hug before the the Murky Mile along Cave Run Lake’s Stoney Cove Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Salt Lick, Ky. Photo by Zoe Hall. Zoe Hall

“Everybody loves the area,” he said. “We can’t complain at all about the hospitality we get.”