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Narrow Horse challenges swimmers’ endurance

Thirty swimmers complete a mile freestyle
The Durango Community Recreation Center’s lap pool, pictured after it was resurfaced, welcomed 30 swimmers for the Narrow Horse 1,500-meter swim on Friday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Over 30 swimmers of various ages dove into the pool at the Durango Recreation Center on Friday to challenge themselves with a 1,500-meter swim.

This year’s youngest swimmer was eight-year-old Bear Yount from the Durango Swim Club. The oldest participant was 77-year-old Chuck Rock. Both completed the mile challenge.

Paxton Horn, 15, clocked the fastest freestyle time in the event: 19 minutes and 19.63 seconds. Denny Woods, 14, was the only other swimmer to break 20 minutes, clocking a 19:56.61.

Raina Dixon, 13, was the fastest female on the day, finishing the mile in 20:11.76. Linzie Bidart, 13, wasn’t far off Dixon’s pace and finished in 20:35.95.

The Narrow Horse mile swim has been part of the Durango community since 1972, and the Durango Swim Club has been hosting the swim for over 10 years. For those who compete in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic and the Narrow Gauge 10-mile/5k races, the Narrow Horse mile rounds out the weekend to finish off the triathlon.

The Narrow Horse mile takes place every Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the event helps raise money for the Durango Swim Club. Registration was $40 per swimmer, and each participant received a swag bag with a Durango Swim Club cap to keep.

While waiting for their turn, the swimmers help count laps, time the racers and cheer on other swimmers as they swim their mile.

The Durango Swim Club thanked all of swimmers and volunteers for making the event a success this year, and invited both veterans and swimmers who want to try a long-distance swim to compete next year.