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Block Island

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Regent Lacoursiere swimming with a Great White Shark in a professional marathon swim from the mainland of the state of Rhode Island to Block Island in 1968. Photo by Jean-Guy Racicot from escort boat

Block Island is part of the U.S. state of Rhode Island and is located in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 13 miles (21 km) south of the coast of Rhode Island, 14 miles (23 km) east of Montauk Point on Long Island, and is separated from the Rhode Island mainland by Block Island Sound.

As of the 2010 census the population of 1,051 lived on the island. The Nature Conservancy added Block Island to its list of "The Last Great Places." The list consists of twelve sites in the Western Hemisphere. The island is a popular summer tourist destination and is known for its bicycling, hiking, sailing, fishing, and beaches, and site of a professional marathon swim in the 1960's.

Blue Mind Summit[edit]

It was host to the Blue Mind 3 Summit, organized by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols.

Block Island Swim[edit]

On 24 August 1968, a 14.1-mile World Professional Marathon Swimming Association race was held from Sand Hill Cove State Beach in Narragansett to New Harbor on Block Island in Rhode Island:

1. Abdel-Latif Abou-Heif (Egypt, 40) 8 hours 11 minutes
1. Horacio Iglesias (Argentina, 26) 8 hours 11 minutes
2. Antonio Scamardella (Italy) 10 hours 28 minutes
2. Regent Lacoursiere (Canada) 10 hours 28 minutes
DNF Tom Bucy (USA) 2 hours
DNF Linda McGill (Australia) 10 hours
DNF Bill Lafferty (USA) 4 hours 40 minutes
DNF Harold M. Weymouth (USA) 6 hours 45 minutes

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