Organized by the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, there are four races including three contests for solo swimmers and one for a relay team. The individual
courses range from one to three-and-a-half miles, while the three-person relay is three-and-a-half miles. All begin at Maho Bay. The long route ends at Hawksnest Bay.
In a practice swim two weeks ago, the nationally ranked swimmer Jack Zakim finished first on a Maho to Trunk Bay course. Another practice was scheduled over the past weekend.
"The event has become part of the list of challenging sporting events inn the Virgin Islands," said Joe Kessler, president of the Friends. "It features the incredible waters and beaches of the Park."
Sponsors of the Friends fund raiser this year include Alfredo’s landscaping, Mongoose Junction, American Paradise Realty, St. John Insurance, Skinny Legs, the Tap Room, Starfish Market and St. John Rotary.
Winners in the various competition categories will get their awards during an end-of-day barbecue at Oppenheimer Beach. There is more information online at www.friendsvinp.org/swim.