It’s been a busy month here for the Global Swim Series. Things have really picked up with most of the Northern Hemisphere now in peak season. There’s been plenty of races all over Europe (including the European Championships in Austria) as well as a bunch of races throughout Canada and the United States. What better way to end off a busy month and roll on into August than with 4 GSS races in 4 different countries? Just what the Global Swim Series is all about!
Point to Lapointe Swim
New to the Global Swim Series this year the Point to Lapointe Swim brings the action to Wisconsin, USA. This race takes place in Bayfield, Wisconsin on beautiful Lake Superior. Now despite the fact that you’ve probably never heard of Bayfield, Wisconsin the swim draws in around 500 swimmers each year and has been ongoing since 2006. It’s a 2 mile point-to-point swim from the sandy mainland beach, through the crystal clear freshwater and finishing up on Madeline Island. We here at the Global Swim Series are very excited to have this fantastic swim debut on the GSS schedule this year!
On the other side of the world there’s another big race happening! The first ever GSS South East Asian Championships will kick off this weekend in Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Originally supposed to take place earlier in the season the event was postponed due to adverse water conditions caused by record rains in the bay. The event management team has been dedicated to planning and carefully monitoring to make sure that conditions are as perfect as possible to kick off the first ever GSS race in South East Asia. We have more planned for GSS in South-East Asia in the future, but for now this beautiful swim on the island of Luzon (100km from Manila) in some of the most beautiful waters in the world will kick us off! The event offers 1.5km, 3km and 5km distances. This race is sure to be a big race on the calendars of swim travelers from all over the world for years to come.
Rostrevor to Warrenpoint
The busy season in Northern Ireland continues with this scenic swim. Expect to see the usual big names amongst the Northern Irish and Irish crew of GSS swimmers. There will be some important points to be won here so it’s worth staying tuned to see what happens here. This race is set in a quintessential small Irish town, located on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and equal distance from Belfast and Dublin. Rolling green hills and beautiful, crisp water in a picturesque bay make this a special swim, whether you are a local or made the drive or even flew in just for this race to experience some true Irish fun. The race itself is 3.7km and will be both a scenic and challenging event!
EMBRACE Open Water Swim Fest
A great event for those new to the sport, those looking to try a new distance or those looking to put up a fast time. The EMBRACE Open Water Swim Fest takes place on a man-made lake just outside of Toronto, Canada. Swimmers swim 1km rectangular loops that are easy to navigate and allow for multiple distances throughout the day! The event has some shorter races for kids and beginners (that are not for GSS points) and then also has a 1.5 k, 5k and 10k. This is the perfect venue for these longer races as a 1k loop takes swimmers around the perimeter of the lake, and around the beautiful fountain in the middle of the lake, before running onshore briefly to visit the feeding table and to be cheered on to their next lap by the good sized crowd.