Swimmers of all abilities in the Cayman Islands are invited to participate in a combined sporting and fundraising event this Saturday, December 3rd, as part of the 17th Annual CUC 800m sea swim. The CUC 800m sea swim will start at 4:00pm at Governor’s Beach, and finishes at Public Beach on West Bay Road. The CUC 800m sea swim is the last sea swim on the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s 2005 sea swim calendar.
The CUC 800m sea swim is also being organized by the Swim Association in support of the World Swim for Malaria, the largest world-wide participatory swim event ever held. Over 250,000 swim events are being held all over the world on December 3rd, in order to raise funds to combat the spread of malaria. Malaria is the largest killer of children in the world; one child dies of malaria every 30 seconds, which is the equivalent of seven jumbo jets full of children dying from malaria every day. As mosquito netting is the most effective way of preventing malaria, funds raised through the World Swim for Malaria will be used to purchase bed netting. The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association will be donating one mosquito net per swimmer participating in the CUC 800m sea swim to this worthy cause.
Although trophies will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers in all age categories, emphasis for this race will be on participation as race organizers are hoping to get 200 swimmers out to take part in this worthwhile event. Every participant will receive a t-shirt, refreshments and pizza at the end of the race.
Registration for the CUC 800m sea swim will be held in the Governor’s Beach parking area prior to the race, from 3:00 to 3:45pm. Entry fees for CIASA Members are CI$5 for children and CI$10 for adults, while non-members pay CI$10 for children and CI$15 for adults. Individuals who are interested in learning more about the World Swim for Malaria are encouraged to visit the event web-site at www.worldswimformalaria.com. Registration forms for the swim can be obtained from www.caymanswimming.com.