Swimmers take to the open waters of Sitka Sound, in an annual race that benefits the Baranof Barracuda Swim Club. (Courtesy of

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The 8th annual “Change Your Latitude” 57˚ North Open Water Challenge is this Sunday, August 8, 2015. Race Director Kevin Knox is busily preparing for the challenge, which includes a 1k, 3k, 6k, and 10k race that begin at the Coast Guard Gazebo.

Registration for the 3k, 6k, and 10k is still open on the challenge website until 5 p.m. tonight (08-07-15). Registration for the 1k is open the day of the race. All proceeds benefit the Baranof Baraccuda Swim Club.

Skylar Moore, Ava Parrish, and Will Pate are three high school students who are participating in the 3K race, which was just opened to swimmers over 14 years of age. Moore won the Women’s Under 18 1k last year with a time of 8:13 and is excited to take on a bigger challenge this year. She was joined by Patrick Williams, who won the Men’s 10k last year with a time of 2:26:53 and recalls training with Pate amid sea lions.