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Swimjunkie Challenge: An Open Water Swimming

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Swimjunkie Challenge is the only open-water swimming series that offers long distance destination swims in the Philippines. Racers travel to swim anywhere from 2.5KM to 10KM in exotic but challenging swim locations. 


For the first race of the season, 280 swimmers made their way to Lobo, Batangas on May 6, to swim 2.5KM and 5KM along the Verde Island Passage. 


On its second year, the Swimjunkie Challenge held at Lio Beach in El Nido on June 10, 2018. The race is co-presented by Lio Tourism Estate, supported by the LGU and its Mayor Nieves Rosento and sponsored by Seafood Island and Wilkins Pure Water.


The Swimjunkie Challenges were created by Betsy Medalla, a former Philippine National Swim Team Member and the first Asian to make the iconic cold water swim crossing from Robben Island to Bloubergstrand in Cape Town, South Africa.


Today, the number of races per year has more than tripled with some races generating more than 300 participants. Now swimmers are no longer limiting themselves to 2KM but more and more are open to the challenge of swimming longer distances.


The Swimjunkie Challenge Series has been instrumental in encouraging swimmers to not only transition from pool swimming to the open water but to attempt longer and longer distances.


In August 19, 2018, the flagship race of Swimjunkie Series, Swimjunkie Challenge will be held in Caramoan with 5KM and 10KM swim.


What sets the Swimjunkie Challenge series apart from other races? – “Recognized for establishing the Philippines as an open water swimming destination and helping to protect the marine environment in the process.”
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