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Mercer Island

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Mercer Island is located in Lake Washington between Seattle and the headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond. It offers incredible views of the natural beauty of the American Northwest from the most populated island in a lake in the Americas.

Lake Washington[edit]

Lake Washington is a large freshwater ribbon lake adjacent to the city of Seattle. It is the largest lake in King County and the second largest natural lake in the state of Washington, after Lake Chelan. It is bordered by the cities of Seattle on the west, Bellevue and Kirkland on the east, Renton on the south and Kenmore on the north, and surrounds Mercer Island. The lake is fed by the Sammamish River at its north end and the Cedar River at its south.

Lake Washington received its present name in 1854 after Thomas Mercer suggested it be named after George Washington, as the new Washington Territory had been named the year before. Prior names for Lake Washington have included the Duwamish name Xacuabš (Lushootseed: literally great-amount-of-water), as well as Lake Geneva, Lake Duwamish, and the Chinook jargon name, "Hyas Chuck," meaning, "Big Lake."

It is site of several triathlons, endurance races, excursion swims, and open water swimming competitions.

Mercer Island Marathon Swim[edit]

The Mercer Island Marathon Swim is a circumnavigation of Mercer Island that is governed by the Northwest Open Water Swimming Association.

History[edit]

  • On 14 May 2016, Melissa Kegler completed the swim in 8 hours 1 minute
  • On 8 July 2016, Mike Humphreys completed the swim in 7 hours 48 minutes
  • On 12 August 2016, Hana Gosney completed the swim in 7 hours 39 minutes

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