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• Location: From Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island, near Perth, in Western Australia.• Course: A challenging and extremely popular channel swim with over 750 support boats.• Distance: 19.2K• Date: February• Description: Strong currents, abundant marine life, water temperature averages 21-22°C(69.8-71.6°F)• Additional Information: Attracts swimmers between the ages of 14 to 72. The RottnestChannel Swim informally began in 1987 when four men in their forties, sustained by water and bread, swam the channel. The following year, 12 people made the swim. By 2006, anonline entry process was introduced where the number of entries for 2- and 4-person teamsand solo swimmers was open for 7 days, attracting 3,910 entries. An electronic random ballotwas then conducted to determine which 2,300 swimmers would participate. Solo swimmersreceive an automatic entry; solo entries close on November 30th. Entries open the firstworking day in November and are only open for 7 days.9.
• Location: Manly Beach in Australia.• Course: Ocean course• Distance: 1K Novice Challenge and 2K• Date: January• Description: Started in 1983 with 101 swimmers with the Waikiki Roughwater Swim as aninitial inspiration, the Cole Classic has grown to nearly 3,000 swimmers.• Additional Information: Also an online fundraising opportunity through EveryDay Hero.10.
• Location: La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, U.S.A., just north of San Diego.• Course: Beach start and finish in and around the cold-water La Jolla Cove, which is anatural amphitheater for ocean swims.• Distance: 250 yards, 1 mile and the 3-mile Gatorman Swim• Date: September • Description: Multi-distance event where many of the most accomplished open water swimmers from across the western American states compete. Marine life and kelp areabundant. Water clarity is among the best along the West Coast. Water temperature can be inthe low 60°F’s.• Additional Information: Started in 1916, it is billed as America’s Premier Rough Water Swimand nicknamed The Big Wet One. Event started in 1916 when 7 men swam 1.7 miles in thebeautiful La Jolla Cove. By 1925, 8 men and 11 women swam the race. By 1950, 105swimmers entered. In 1984, over 1,000 swimmers entered. In 2008, 2,297 swimmersparticipated, but since 1999, a limit was placed on the number of swimmers in order tomaintain the high standards of the organizing committee.
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