Hit the water, Cayman!

It’s a long way to swim but there will be so much waiting for you at the finish line.

The annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim is set for this Saturday and up for grabs are some $100,000 worth of random prizes for finishers, including 40 Cayman Airways Tickets and Digicel phones. Also, participants will be supporting the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Seven Mile Beach

Swimmers are expected to fill the waters of Seven Mile Beach this Saturday for the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim. Photo of previous years race: Terri Barrowman

‘We are passionate about helping people who don’t have a proper home,’ said Mr. Terry Watling, chairman of Habitat for Humanity Cayman. ‘The project that the Flowers Sea Swim is helping with is our first in Cayman. We are going to build a home for a West Bay woman who has two kids.

‘You have to understand, we have people in Cayman who are falling through the cracks. They are unable to pay interest rates. It’s a serious problem and we hope to help them. We want to do more than just build a house and leave. We also want to help with structuring their finances.’

Habitat for Humanity Cayman relies on volunteer labor. Anyone able to assist may contact Mr. Watling (926-8595/943-4342).

‘We are very grateful to the Flowers family for putting on this sea swim and using it to help our cause.’

The race course runs along Seven Mile Beach, starting at the beach adjacent to the Ritz Carlton and finishing at Courtyard Marriott (just beyond Public Beach).

Now in its 14th year, the sea swim is the creation of Caymanian businessman Frank Flowers (Flowers Block Factory, Flowers Bottled Water).

One mile sounds like a mighty long swim. But Race Director Dara Flowers says almost anyone can conquer distance Cutoff time to earn finisher status is 75 minutes, plenty of time for anyone with a pulse to make home, Dara promises.

Swimmers must register by today, 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 today, 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.

Primary sponsors of the event are: Cayman Airways, Department of Tourism, Cayman National, Digicel, CUC and Red Sail Sports.

For more race details, log on to www.flowersseaswim.com

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