20 June 2009 – Grand Cayman Islands
With crystal clear water and perfect wave conditions, the Cayman Islands are the ideal setting for the world’s flattest, fastest ocean mile. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
The race is attracting top dollars and top swimmers. NCAA champion Shaune Fraser, a pre-race home favorite, will face an All-Star field including his brother and NCAA champion relay swimmer Brett Fraser and Olympic medallists Ryan Lochte, Anthony Nesty, Ian Crocker, Neil Walker, Rada Owen and Kristy Kowal.
Not only will these top swimmers compete for US$5,000 given to the individual who breaks and sets the current course record, but also for US$25,000 given to the individual who sets the open water swimming one mile world record.
The world record for the open water mile is 16:00 minutes for men and 17:21 for women. American Olympian Chad Carvin holds the current men’s Flowers Sea Swim record of 17:20 and 3-time Olympic gold medallist Brooke Bennett holds the women’s course record of 18:13.
The Flowers Group is also randomly giving away US$100,000 in cash and prizes to anyone who enters before race day.
So even if you do not set the world or course record, you still have a chance at some valuable prizes. FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee chairman Sid Cassidy says, “The Flowers Family always puts a great race and celebration together … if you’ve never been, put it on your list of must do’s!” The prizes include trips to London (!), trips to Australia, trips to Toronto, cellular phones and 140 randomly drawn prizes.
You can hear live coverage of the world record attempt on Saturday, 20 June 2009 DMS. Broadcasting stations 96.5 Cayrock, Hot 104.1, 106.1 Kiss FM and X107.1 will each set up at quarter-mile marks along the Seven Mile beach and broadcast live as the race unfolds starting at 2:30 pm Cayman Islands time.
For more information visit www.flowersseaswim.com
With credit to Steven Munatones and www.10Kswimmer.com.