Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim

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Start of the 2018 Race For The Conch

The Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim is a features 1/2 mile, 1-mile and 2.4-mile sea swims in Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean Sea. It also offers a free 100-meter swim for children. All races are held on 7 July, the first Saturday of each July, and are part of the West Indies Bluewater Ocean Swim Series. The 2.4 mile and the 1 mile races can be done back-to-back on the same morning. The competition is organized by Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmerman. The races are held at the in gorgeous beautiful Grace Bay Beach in front of Flamingo Cafe, next to Club Med in Providenciales. Turks and Caicos is in the British West Indies. Turks & Caicos is located 550 miles southeast of Miami, near south of the Bahama Islands. 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. Started in 2010, the event attracts several world class swimmers, including renowned marathon swimmer Marcos Diaz from the Dominican Republic.


It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims and one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims as named by the World Open Water Swimming Association.


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.

Interviews with Ben Stubenberg

2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Nomination

The swim was nominated for the 2021 World Open Water Swimming Event of the Year Award. The winners and nominees included:

Winner: Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli (Italy)
First Runner-up: Irish Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (Ireland)
Second Runner-up: Mediterranean Peace Route (Cyprus-Turkey)
4. Authentic Marathon Swim (Greece)
5. Asociación Mexicana de Aguas Abiertas (Mexico)
6. Tampa Bay Frogman Swim (USA)
7. Strait of Bonifacio (Italy-France)
8. Around-Coronado Swim (USA) tie
8. DC Marathon Swim (USA) tie
10. Olympic 10K Marathon Swim (Japan)
11. Rottnest Channel Swim (Australia)
12. Wörthersee Swim Austria (Austria)
13. Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim (Turks & Caicos)
14. Trans Tahoe Relay (USA)
15. Perhentian Island Marathon Swim (Malaysia)

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