Turks & Caicos "Race for the Conch" Eco-SeaSwim
The races are held at the beautiful Grace Bay Beach in front of Flamingo Cafe, next to Club Med in Providenciales. Turks and Caicos in in the British West Indies. Turks & Caicos is located 550 miles southeast of Miami, near Bahamas. The waters in July are calm, warm, and beautifully clear.
There are direct airline flights from Miami, New York, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, Toronto and London.
The 2010 race was won by the renowned marathon swimmer Marcos Diaz from the Dominican Republic.
Stanford Hanfield is the creator of the "trophies" for the "Race for the Conch"
To complete the 1-mile race, the race organizers recommend that swimmers should be able to swim comfortably in a pool or open water for 45 minutes or less without stopping. To complete the 2.4-mile race, participants should be able to swim 2 miles comfortably under 90 minutes. The swim is aimed at both competitive and recreational swimmers.
About Turks & Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos is an island nation with UK Overseas Territory status composed of 40 islands and smaller "cays" located in 550 miles south-east of Miami in the North Atlantic /Caribbean region. Only 8 of the 40 islands and cays are inhabited. Providenciales (or "Provo") is the most populous island with 25,000 people and served by a major jet airport with multiple daily flights from the US and Canada.
These mostly arid tropical islands and cays are known for breathtaking clear turquoise water, endless stretches of perfect white sand beaches, and low key atmosphere. Grace Bay on Provo, where most of the hotels are located, is protected by the third largest barrier reef in the world and serves as an ideal location for open water swim training and competition. Every year in July, Grace Bay, Provo hosts the Turks & Caicos "Race for the Conch" Eco-SeaSwim, back-to-back 1 mile and 2.4 mile events that draw competitive swimmers from the US, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. More information on the race and the islands can be found at www.ecoseaswim.com.