Global Swim Series not only celebrates amazing open water races around the world but we also celebrate the unique and impressive feats of the swimmers who participate. This year at the Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks and Caicos there was another example of just that.
Megan Kruth, an Ironman triathlete and 17-time All-American collegiate swimmer from Pittsburgh, competed in both the 2.4 mile race and 1 mile race. This might sound normal for someone of her caliber of athleticism however Megan overcame a lot to race this year.
In 2014, Megan was in a major bike crash from which she suffered a traumatic brain injury that put her in a coma. When Megan came out of the coma she had to start over, relearning many skills including how to swallow, how to talk, and how to walk.
Through 3 years of dedicated rehabilitation Megan made it back to fighting form. This summer, in 2017, she competed in the Race for the Conch as her first race back since her accident in 2014. Despite having had a long road to recovery, Megan not only competed but she impressively took 2nd place in the 2.4 mile race and 3rd place in the 1 mile race!
Race directors Ben Stubenberg and Chloe Zimmermann were thrilled to have her race and felt touched by her incredible spirit and resolve. They are also excited to share that she promised to be back again next year!
Despite being hit hard by hurricane Irma, the Turks and Caicos islands have bounced back quickly. The beaches and water are as great as ever and Ben and Chloe are looking forward to the 9th edition of the Race for the Conch on July 7th, 2018 in support of learn-to-swim programs and encouragement of swim competition with the Turks & Caicos Islands Swim Federation. The Race for the Conch started 8 years ago with 50 swimmers, celebrated the 2017 race with 150 swimmers, and is looking forward to an even bigger 2018 race.
The Turks and Caicos islands are situated southeast of The Bahamas with beautiful beaches, stunning turquoise water, and gentle conditions. To learn more about the race, swimming environment, and registration visit the Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim race page by clicking here.