Flowers wants 500 in the water-or else

Frank Flowers has thrown down the gauntlet.

The creator of the Flowers Sea Swim has declared it’s do or die this year for the popular one-mile race. He wants 500 registered swimmers in the water this weekend or he will take his race and go home forever. Okay, maybe not forever but he has decided to put the event on hold indefinitely unless he sees a strong turnout on Saturday.

‘I want 500 people for him so badly,’ said Dara Flowers, the lead organizer this year. ‘It’s such a fun and positive event. It would be a shame to see it end. I’m really hoping we get the amount he wants. People should take part. You don’t have to be a great swimmer at all. I don’t even train and I finish it every year.’

The race is set for this Saturday, 17 June. The course runs along Seven Mile Beach, starting at the beach adjacent to the Ritz Carlton and finishing at Courtyard Marriott (just beyond Public Beach). The event will benefit the Cayman Islands chapter of Habitat for Humanity, specifically focusing on the building of a new house for a single mother of two in West Bay. All funds raised by the swim will go toward the project. Additionally, Flowers Block Factory has pledged to donate all the concrete blocks needed for construction.

Some $100,000 worth of random prizes will be awarded to finishers, including 40 Cayman Airways Tickets and Digicel phones.

Swimmers must register by Friday, 16 June. There will be no race-day registration. The process can be done online or any time at the Flowers Block office (Industrial Park). Last-chance registration will be 16 June at the Brasserie (Cricket Square) from noon-2pm and at the Courtyard Marriott (Seven Mile Beach) from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

The 2006 Flowers One Mile Sea Swim is sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association.

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