The Five

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The Five, Extreme 5 km Ocean Swim
Doug Woodring, Founder of the Cold Half, the Clean Half, the Sheko Challenge, and The Five
2014-2015 WOWSS offers 13 races around the world including The Five
The Five is a 5 km open water swimming competition held as a complementary race to the Clean Half, a 15 km extreme winter marathon swim in Hong Kong Island held in October. The expected water temperature is 20-21ºC (68-69.8ºF) with an expected air temperature that can range from 12.7-22ºC (55-72ºF). The professional open water swim starts at the Stanley Blake Pier and finishing in Repulse Bay. It is organized by Doug Woodring of Open Water Asia and Ocean Recovery Alliance.

The Five is also part of the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.


Prize Money

HK$20,000 in total prize money is offered to the top finishers. The first male and female finishers each receive HK$6,000 each; second place finishers receive HK$3,000; and third place finishers each receive HK$1,000.


Registration is available here.

2014 WOWSS Events

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Miami Mile in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Sheko Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

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