Power Swim, St. John Style

31 May 2010

St. John hosts a beach-to-beach Power Swim every year over Memorial Day Weekend. Don saw the notice and decided to enter at the last minute. There are a bunch of different swims you can do, but basically it's a 1 mile, 2+ mile, or a 3+ mile. There is an 'assisted' category for each length where you can use fins and snorkel.

Quinn and I were there to see Don off at 8 am. It was quite a sight to see all the swimmers -- young, very young, old, ladies, men, etc, etc. There were those that were there for the fun and then the serious swimmers. Lots of locals from the different islands who took the morning ferry. It was quite a fun, party atmosphere.

Don swam the intermediate length and just beat the mother-daughter team from Spain by an eyelash. He finished with a time of 1:20:32. He was 6th overall in his distance and 2nd in his age group in his distance. Pretty good considering his lack of training. I am very proud of him!!!!

A 15 year old kid from St. Croix won the long distance race for the 2nd year in a row. He absolutely smoked the competetion with a time of 1:14 and beat the 2nd place finisher by almost 10 minutes.

It was a fun morning and an experience we'll remember for years to come.

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