18th Edition El Cruce 2024: A Spectacular Swim Through The Turquoise Waters of the Mexican Caribbean

18th Edition El Cruce 2024: A Spectacular Swim Through The Turquoise Waters of the Mexican Caribbean

The 18th edition of “El Cruce,”‘ held from May 17-19, 2024, showcased a high level of participation and competitive spirit with 981 swimmers from local, national, and international backgrounds. This prestigious open water event featured the Iron Swim (3.8K) and Half Iron Swim (1.9K), as well as the ‘Cruce Completo” (10k) from Cancún to Isla Mujeres taking place in the crystal turquoise waters off Playa Caracol in Cancun, Mexico.

In the men’s category of the Iron Swim, Moisés Rayek Romano from Mexico clinched first place with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 42.8 seconds. José Carlos Lorence Rodriguez followed closely, securing second place with a time of 1:05:30.2, while Uriel García from Mexico City finished third, clocking in at 1:04:34.1.

The women’s division saw Karen Macías López from New York take the lead, finishing in 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 57.7 seconds. Pilar Reyes from Mexico and Regina Ramírez rounded out the top three with times of 1:12:20.9 and 1:13:47.7, respectively.

Noé Castro from León, Guanajuato, dominated the Half Iron Swim, stopping the clock at 31 minutes and 21.9 seconds. Guatemalan Carlos Bracamonte claimed second place with a time of 32:30.6, followed by Carlos Mustri who completed the race in 33:35.5.

In the women’s category of the same race, Norma Patricia Coker from Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, emerged victorious in 28 minutes and 17.5 seconds. Nicole Brogdon from San Diego secured the second position with a time of 28:52.3, and Karina Elizabeth Gorchs from Río Gallegos, Argentina, finished third in 31:44.4.

The 10-kilometer race, held amidst challenging conditions, saw Lev Cherepanov from Kazakhstan and Tesla Profumo from the United States capture first place in their respective categories. Cherepanov completed his swim in 1 hour, 48 minutes, and 19.9 seconds, while Profumo crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 18 minutes, and 18.3 seconds.

Nora Toledano, a revered figure in open water swimming, and the first Mexican woman to achieve the Oceans Seven, highlighted ‘El Cruce’ as one of Mexico’s most beautiful events.

“Each swim is unique and challenging. I’m very pleased that the event took place and we could all swim the planned distance of 10 kilometers. For me personally, it was a challenging swim because I had a very demanding week. I swam well during the first lap, but by the second, I was somewhat dehydrated. However, the safety was excellent; I felt well cared for, was able to stop for water on the boats about three times, and we had a beautiful day, truthfully, a bit of current, but quite swimmable. I’m delighted to see so many swimmers participating in ‘El Cruce’.”

Toledano, who has also crossed the English Channel six times, expressed her satisfaction with the growing number of participants and the enthusiasm from both the swimmers and the organizing committee, making it possible.

“It’s a must-do crossing, one of the most beautiful events in Mexico; one for the setting in the Mexican Caribbean, one of the most beautiful seas in the world, for the challenging distance, for the organization, with so many friends coming and all the energy felt from everyone at the start, with all the hope of breaking their records, overcoming their fears, and breaking their barriers.”

All race results

Photo credits: Qing Li Facebook, Paty Rivera Facebook, El Cruce Cancun Facebook, Deportes Quintana Roo Facebook