Clean, ex­treme and lucky

Action Asia - - EVENTS -

SWIM­MING ON OC­TO­BER 8TH, 56 TEAMS, 12 solo swim­mers, and six paired teams, de­fied Ty­phoon Aere, poised off­shore, to take part in the Clean Half Ex­treme Marathon Swim. Thank­fully the ty­phoon stayed f a r e n o u g h a way t h a t h i g h e r alerts did not need to be raised. Swim­mers who had come from as far away as Ar­gentina and Aus­tralia could there­fore con­cen­trate on en­joy­ing Hong Kong’s premier open wa­ter swim, start­ing from Stan­ley and end­ing in Deep Wa­ter Bay, 15km later. Solo swim­mers in­cluded the even­tual win­ner from Spain, Jose Luis Lar­rosa, who fin­ished in three hours 30 min­utes. Lar­rosa had re­cently won the famed 81-km Ganges River Swim in In­dia in 10 hours and 51 min­utes. Hong Kong’s own Bill Thor­ley – only 15-years-old – chal­lenged him for a time, as well as Aus­tralian Scott Miers who has pre­vi­ously swum the English Chan­nel. Other big names in­cluded Va­le­ria Solanas, Floren­cia Sch­lie and Fer­nando Dario Ciaramella who have all swum the 88-km Her­nan­darias Parana in Ar­gentina also par­tic­i­pated in the event. “The weather was in­cred­i­ble to­day and though we thought of de­lay­ing the race, it turned out to be one of the best days ever to help cel­e­brate the event’s tenth an­niver­sary. We are ex­cited to be de­vel­op­ing the sports com­mu­nity, whi l e a l s o r a i s i n g a ware n e s s about ocean pro­tec­tion,” said race di­rec­tor Doug Woodring. Each re­lay team had five mem­bers and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing s up­port b oat, wit h e a ch r a c e r swim­ming for 20 min­utes for the first ro­ta­tion of the team, and then swim­ming in 10-minute in­ter­vals there­after un­til the race fin­ished in Deep Wa­ter Bay. A fundrais­ing drive was also been part of the event, to raise funds for the Grate Art Project and “Un­cle Roo – Re­cy­cling Rooster” play, both of which are or­gan­ised by Ocean Re­cover y Al­liance, a Hong Kong based char­ity that fo­cuses on ocean pro­tec­tion and the re­duc­tion of plas­tic pol­lu­tion.

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