Monday, May 11, 2009

Big-Time Open Water Swimming in the Big Apple

Not only is the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit coming to the shores of America, but the organizers of the NYC Swim are also hosting a great weekend of open water swimming in the Big Apple for professional and amateur swimmers around the world.

The Governors Island Swim Weekend in New York City will consist of three races. The first race is on September 4th and is a 2-mile swim around Governors Island.

The second race is on September 5th and is the Pagganck Mile* – a new pro-am one-mile swim where amateurs will be able to compete against pros for prize money.

The third race on September 6th and is the NYC-ProSwim, which is a 10K race that is part of the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit.

The second race - the Pagganck Mile - is a great opportunity for open water swimmers of all ages and abilities to mingle and get in the water with the top pro open water swimmers from dozens of countries around the world. Because the race courses are close to shore, the viewing of the races will be spectacular and convenient, especially for the third race - FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup where fans can closely observe the world's top pros demonstrate their race strategies and unbelievable endurance while enjoying views of lower Manhattan Island and the Statue of Liberty.

* Governors Island was known as Pagganck or Nut Island by Native Americans prior to European settlement of the New York City area.

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