Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Summer Classics - Waikiki Roughwater Swim

The summer open water swimming season in the U.S. is coming to a climax. One of the great events is the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, now in its 39th year. Traditionally held on Labor Day, the 2.4-mile Swim, starts at one end of Waikiki Beach, under the foot of Diamond Head Volcano, and finishes at the other end at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Swimmers swim over beautiful coral beds and colorful marine life in a picturesque course. Swimmers may encounter a challenging swim if high surf and strong currents appear.

As many people know, the Waikiki Roughwater Swim is the inspiration behind the 2.4-mile swim leg of the Ironman Triathlon. The event has grown from a small local swim to a highly competitive swim that attracts participants of all ages and backgrounds from dozens of countries and every U.S. state. In 1970, the race saw 4 women and 32 men swim across Waikiki. Over 1,000 people now annually enter the race.

Alex Kostich, a multi-time winner and Pan American Games gold medalist, gives 10 tips on how to prepare for the race.

Photo of Waikiki Roughwater Swim start by Craig Kojima.

Copyright © 2008 by Steven Munatones

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