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Friday, May 30, 2014

El Cruce, Shortened But Difficult

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Over 600 swimmers from 7 countries participated in the 9th edition of El Cruce, also known as Por La Libre, Cancún to Isla Mujeres, one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

It is a beautifully two-race event from Cancún to Isla Mujeres in Quintana Roo in southern Mexico. Swimmers can choose between a 3 km and 10 km ocean course in crystal-clear water tropical waters that can occasionally become rough and tidal.

2014 was one of those years when Mother Nature created lots and lots of turbulence.

"But because of the weather, we had to go to Plan B, which was a 6 km swim against the current on Isla Mujeres," explains race director Rafael Hernández. "But we had a great time and everyone was happy to swim. They understood El Cruce was not the famous island crossing, but the event presented a great difficulty because they were able to challenge themselves against the currents."

American Bill Ireland, who has participated in ocean swims around the world, agreed with Hernández. "[The race] is always fun. The 6 km [course] was a good revision under the circumstances."

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