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Update: Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Set for May 30

Registration is now under way for the seventh annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim sponsored by Friends of V.I. National Park.
"It’s a great event. It’s a great personal challenge, and it’s also a lot of fun," Friends President Joe Kessler said.
Proceeds from the May 30 race support the park’s Learn to Swim program and other projects in support of the park.
The Beach-to-Beach Power Swim has four simultaneous events, all starting at Maho Bay. For solo swimmers, the short course runs one mile from Maho Bay Beach to Cinnamon Bay Beach; the 2.25-mile intermediate course is from Maho Bay Beach to Trunk Bay Beach; and the 3.5-mile long course runs from Maho Bay Beach to Hawksnest Bay Beach.
For the relay event, three-person teams will swim from Maho Bay Beach to Hawksnest Bay Beach, with transition points at Cinnamon Bay Beach and Trunk Bay Beach.
To make the event as accessible as possible to swimmers of all levels, swimmers may compete using snorkels, fins, and/or exposure suits in a separate category of “assisted” swimmers. However, swim paddles, webbed or training gloves and other swim aides are not permitted.
A beach party and awards ceremony that is open to the general public will be held at nearby Oppenheimer Beach. It starts at 11 a.m.
The event needs volunteers to serve as safety kayakers, and on the beaches and at the party.
Practice swims will be scheduled for the weeks preceding the race. The schedule will be announced soon.
Kessler suggested that spectators can watch the race from Maho, Cinnamon, Trunk and Hawksnest beaches.
The fee to register through May 7 is $30 for adults and $15 for youths 17 and under.
Registration from May 8 through 28 runs $40 for adults and $15 for youths 17.
The last time to register is at the pre-race meeting on May 29. The fee is $50 for adults and $25 for youths. There is no registration on the day of the race.
Register at the Friends website or by calling the Friends office at 779-4940. Register in person on St. John at the Friends office in Mongoose Junction or at Connections in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay.
On St. Thomas, register at Caribbean Surf Co. in Havensight, Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. St. Croix registration is at SCUBA dive shop in Christiansted.
The swim starts at 8 a.m. sharp.

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