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An oil spill from the train wreck flows into Lake Megantic at Lac-Mégantic, July 8, 2013.MATHIEU BELANGER/Reuters

Swimmers took to the water inLac-Mégantic today as part of an annual race that draws competitors from around the world.

The event comes just over a month after the train derailment that destroyed the heart of the town.

Today's 10-kilometre race is part of the international swimming federation's world cup series.

Officials have already said that swimming in the lake poses no danger.

The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Colette Roy-Laroche, has urged tourists to visit this summer to help support the town.

Last year's event attracted 25,000 people in total.