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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--If you see people in the Red River on Saturday, no need to call for help.

The swimmers will be competing in the longest swim race on the continent.

It's called Extreme North Dakota Water Sports Endurance Test.

It's a 36 mile swim starting near Buxton, North Dakota  all the way to Downtown Grand Forks.

The swim starts at dawn -- and some people may not make it to town until dusk.

"It's one of the longest swims in the world. It's the longest swim race in North America. But it's not going to be super fast. You're not going to see people racing really hard. But they will be out on the water for a long, long time,” said Race Director, Matt Burton-Kelly.

You can watch the race from different points along the Red including the bridge in Thompson.