GSS Global Championships

Held at the world famous El Cruce race, this is the world's largest 10km swim.

May 25-26
  • The Cancun Mile presented by RISE Athletes (1.5km)
  • Cancun Iron Swim (3.8km)
  • 10km El Cruce

Aboutthe swim

Unless you are John Collins or one of the other 14 original Ironmen, you probably missed the first Ironman triathlon in Hawaii in 1978. And it's unlikely you were at the first Olympics in 1896, or the first Boston Marathon in 1897, or even the first Tour de France in 1903. But you do have a chance to be a part of modern sports history and participate in a new and truly global sporting event… the GSS – Global Championships!

The “GSS – Global Championships” will be held at incredible "El Cruce" race in Cancun, Mexico! And it may just be the most amazing swim you’ve ever done!

This Championship Race is open to swimmers from around the world, including the tens of thousands that have swum in any of the 150+ races, in the dozens of countries in the Global Swim Series!

El Cruce will again be the championship race for the “Global Swim Series – Championship Races”. The group of GSS Championship races have grown around the world and have been hosted by some of the biggest and best open water races in the world… and this race is the “big one”!

To start the 10k race you wade into the warm, crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean on the shore of Cancun and swim towards Isla Mujeres. And just when you are finishing the race and are thoroughly exhausted, you will get a great pick-me-up! You may swim over over the unbelievable underwater museum! The museum was commissioned as an exceptionally creative and artistic way to build an artificial reef. There are 500+ stunning and detailed statues that were carefully placed at the bottom of the ocean for you to see and for coral to grow on, creating a whole new ecosystem. Given the clarity of the water and the shallow depth these works of art can actually be seen as you are swimming in the race.

If the that distance is still a bit much for you, there is the challenging 3.8k Cancun Iron Swim and The Cancun Mile presented by "RISE Athletes", both of which take place on the Saturday before the 10k… so you can do 2 races, one each day!

The Cancun Mile and Cancun Iron Swim are each capped at 450 swimmers and the 10k, El Cruce is capped at 1,000 swimmers! Which makes it the largest 10k in the world! And take note: they all sell out!

All the distances have numerous fast, world class swimmers, but the majority are swimmers that are there just to experience this amazing swim and the whole event in one of the vacation capitals of the world. For this first year at least, you don’t have to qualify, everyone is welcome!

El Cruce is truly one of the most unique and spectacular races in the world… and as the “GSS – Global Championship” it is even more spectacular and exciting… and a race you won’t want to miss!