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Published July 19, 2012, 07:43 PM

New Racing Event Has Swimmers Plunging into Red River for 27-mile Course

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The launch of a new event has attracted some top athletic talent to Grand Forks from around the nation and even internationally.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - The launch of a new event has attracted some top athletic talent to Grand Forks from around the nation and even internationally.

At 7 a.m. this Saturday, those athletes will be diving into the Red River in East Grand Forks and heading into what many are calling "the toughest race in North Dakota."

The END Racing Group is launching the first END WET event Saturday.

Swimmers young and old will dive into the Red River, where they'll likely spend the next 8-14 hours. That's if they're able to finish the course.

People lined the banks Thursday to watch as many swimmers hit the river for the first time, to practice and get accustomed to the course.

The swimmers will be traveling from East Grand Forks all the way to Oslo. That's 27 miles.

Not only will the swimmers be in the water for hours, they're in the water with zero visibility.

College swimmer Hannah Whitehead says the vast distance is something she, and many other swimmers, have never even come close to attempting before.

She and her team of five women, including her mom, are trying to conquer the race in a unique way: with a relay team.

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