The 26th annual Long Bridge Swim is back, after a one-year pause. The event challenge is a 1.76 mile swim from the south end of Sandpoint's historic Long Bridge to the North end. Founded by local swimming enthusiast Eric Ridgway in 1995, the Long Bridge Swim has grown from the first group of 78 friends swimming across Lake Pend O'Reille to 722 swimmers in 2016. Spectators can watch swimmers progress as they make their way across Lake Pend O'Reille. Since 2010, the Long Bridge Swim has raised funds to support swim lessons for children and adults in the greater Sandpoint Area.