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18th Annual Coral Reef Swim
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Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI (October 15, 2012) ---
Race activities began Saturday morning with a complimentary mini-clinic for new open water swimmers hosted by Kostich and Hyman. Hyman also participated in the two mile swim from Pull Point. Other race events included a cocktail party at The Buccaneer's historic Sugar Mill with live steel pan music and Mocko Jumbie cultural stilt dancers. Although there were many exciting events all weekend, there was nothing better than the thrill swimmers felt as they ran up the sand towards the palm frond arch at the finish line with the sounds of steel pan and family and friends cheering in the background.
The race featured swimmers of all ages and abilities including first time open water swimmers, including several whom have never swum in the ocean before. Trinity University continued their tradition of bringing senior swimmers to compete in the race. The Sarasota Sharks Master swimmers made their first trip to the Coral Reef Swim and took home several trophies. Members of the Durham Academy high school swim team also made an appearance at the event along with several local swimmers from the St. Croix Dolphins Swim Team.
Many swimmers make the trip to the race an annual family vacation and return again for the weekend of activities and the beautiful surroundings. This proved true again this year with the DeGot family who made the swim a three generation race as 17 year return swimmer Stephen DeGot brought his daughter and granddaughter to participate.
Race weekend ended with the awards ceremony at The Terrace Restaurant at The Buccaneer hotel where winners received awards custom-made by local glass artist, Jan Mitchell and adult prizes of several varieties of local Cruzan Rum.
Next year's Coral Reef swim will be held on Columbus Day Weekend, October 13, 2013.
All proceeds from the race are donated to The Nature Conservatory to benefit the East End Marine Park coral research. The Coral Swim Race is one of many highly regarded athletic competitions hosted by St. Croix Sports. Other races held include triathlons in three distances, including the Ironman 70.3, a half marathon and the St. Croix Scenic 50 mile run. For more information on the Coral Reef swim and other St. Croix sporting events, visit www.swimrace.com and www.stcroixsports.com.
Suzanne and the entire Coral Reef Committee
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Join athletes from around the world for various events on St Croix including the Caribbean Classic Triathlon, an Olympic distance triathlon consisting of a 1500 meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Visit StCroixSports.com for more information on this race as well as many fantastic others.
East End Marine Park
East End Marine Park, the first territorial park in the U.S. Virgin Islands, will protect the largest island barrier reef system in the Caribbean. Legislative approval recently made the area an official park. Extending from the high-water mark out three miles (4.8 kilometers), it encompasses 60 square miles (155.4 square kilometers) of offshore coral reef and other marine habitat.
For more information visit East End Marine Park.
Aerial View of Buck Island
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