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Annual 5k open water swim raising money for fallen Navy SEALs

Tampa Bay Frogman Swim starts on Sunday
Posted at 10:12 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 18:27:01-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- An annual race to benefit fallen Navy SEALs and their families was held this weekend in St. Petersburg.

Swimmers and kayakers participated in the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim on Sunday.

"It's a 5k open water swim. We start at Gandy Beach and swim across to Picnic Island. It's a little over a 3 mile swim and conditions can vary year to year. It's been as cold as 53 degrees and as warm as mid 60s. This might be one of the warmest years yet," said Glenn Paige.

Glenn Paige is on the Frogman Swim Board of Directors in Tampa Bay. He has also participated in the race numerous times.

"I think we take for granted our freedom and these individuals not only sacrifice their time away from their families, but they sacrifice their lives," said Glenn Paige.

The event raises money for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Last year, it raised more than $700,000.

This year, the race was held in memory of Heath Robinson. Robinson was killed on Extortion 17 when his team's helicopter was shot down in August of 2011. This was the largest single loss of American life in the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs.

"We're here to help provide funds to help those families and those injured," said Paige.

Paige has not served in the military, but the race means a lot to him.

"It makes you realize while you have challenges in life, these people are willing to sacrifice their life," said Paige.

Those interested in helping Team Gratitude 2020, which supports the Frogman Swim, can click here for more information.