For serious swimmers as well as recreational swimmers, Friends president Joe Kessler said the event "contributes to St. John’s growing reputation as a hotbed for challenging sporting events, drawing in athletes from off island to compete and fuel St. John’s economy."
Swimmers hit the water at 8:00 a.m. on race day at Maho Bay Beach, Sunday, May 29. The finish line for the short race is at Cinnamon Bay, which is also the location of the first transition point for the relay teams. Another great location to view the race will be at Trunk Bay Beach, which is the location of the second relay transition point and the finish line for the new intermediate course. Through swimmers will pass close to Cinnamon and Trunk beaches so these will be great spots to view the action in the water and cheer on the swimmers. The long race and relay will finish at Hawksnest Bay Beach. More information.
This year, the awards ceremony will be held as part of a beach party hosted by the Friends at Oppenheimer Beach beginning at 11:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks for sale, and live music by Mark Wallace and company.