Formerly a 5-mile race, the event serves as the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad & Tobago national championships
Name of Race
Maracas Open Water Classic
The Maracas Open Water Classic is Trinidad and Tobago’s longest running swim event. It is scheduled for September 25th 2011 at Trinidad’s premier beach on Maracas Bay. The Maracas Open Water Classic has been in existence since 1949 and attracts swimmers of all ages from 5 to 80. Three races are now a part of the only annual open water event run by the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago. A 5K is held concurrently with a 2.65K race that is open to swimmers age 13 years and over. There is also a 750-meter race for children 12 years and under. Over 250 athletes participated in the 2010 event including Gordon Borde who is the Chairperson of the Organising Committee. Borde placed 75th in 2.65K race last year and won the 70-74 year category. Borde has participated 60 times in the Maracas Open Water Swim, arguably more times than any other active swimmer at any other single contemporary open water swimming event. The race is a part of the West Indies Bluewater Ocean Swim Series with other swims in St. Kitts, Turks & Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Maracas Swim is also one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. Registration for the Maracas Open Water Classic is $75 for the 12 and under 750m race and $100.00 for the 2650m and 5000m race. This registration fee applies up to September 16th 2011. Registration will be accepted up to half hour before each race but is subject to an additional $25.00 late fee for the juniors and $50.00 for the seniors after the 16th. ASATT’s Fundraising Raffle will also be drawn during the Award Ceremony of the Open Water Swim. It is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims.
Field is limited to 25 solo swimmers and 18 relay teams that start and finish at Battery Park City. Fields sells out in less than 45 minutes. Race first held in 1927. Substantial surface chop and strong tidal pull are possible. Water temperature varies between 17 – 19°C (64 – 67°F). Course may also include random jetsam and flotsam. A Qualifying Swim must be completed before application will be accepted.