Ross Swim Challenge 21 October 2006
Despite the heavy rains and flooding all week, Mother Nature finally gave a nice day for the first ever Ross Swim Challenge. The race was organized by Kelly Rock with assistance from Jessica Geist, two members of the informal Ross University swim club.
The race was held at the beach just off of Mr. X’x Shiggidy Shack in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts. The short course, about 200m, consisted of a U-shaped out and back around a single bouy. The long course, about 900m, was a double-loop triangle pattern. Both races had an on the beach start and finish.
Because of the rain and stormy conditions during the week, racers had to contend with cloudy water, a lot of sea grass, but luckily the water was fairly calm. A large contingency of competitors were Ross University students, a sizable group of Nevis Cycle and Tri club members made the journey over for the race, and one very fast tourist competed. All entrants got a race-logo swim cap and a wide spread of food and beverages to partake of after the race. Awards were decorated sand-dollars that were made to resemble medals.
Fun was had by all who competed and helped out. Thanks to all the volunteers in the water and on land, and to Mr. X for allowing for the use of the beach and his equipment for the race. Great job to all the racers.