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Monday, June 25, 2018

Unique Awards In The Open Water Swimming World, Part 11

Courtesy of Diego López, Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim, Caribbean Sea.

Swimming the Narrows is the name of the game in the Nevis to St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim, a 4 km inter-island swim from Nevis to St. Kitts in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.

Otherwise known as the Bente Weber Memorial Swim, the world's shortest competitive channel competition gives unique sea turtle trophies as awards.

2017 Top 10 Results:
1. Ashley Whitney (36) 55:28
2. Gregory White (49) 55:49
3. Keri-Anne Payne (29) 56:17
4. Kevin Pollman (36) 57:16
5. Rick Schumacher (53) 59:29
6. Diego López (35) 1:00:33 [shown above]
7. Erik Spit (30) 1:01:56
8. Tom Gean (54) 1:02:23
9. Eney Jones (56) 1:02:49
10. John Massiah (35) 1:05:34

Winston Crooke, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Triathlon, explains who Bente was, the namesake of the race "Bente and Gerd Weber, who both had a huge impact on the development of our young Cycle and Triathlon Club in Nevis, started visiting Nevis for their winters. Gerd was a competitive masters swimmer and taught us all how to swim properly and better, myself included. Meanwhile, Bente took over most of our club administration and timed our events.

They were visitors to Nevis over a period of 5 years, staying here for 4 months a year. Under their guidance, we were able to make the transfer to become fully fledged triathletes and our swimming improved immensely. Unfortunately, we lost Bente to cancer so I decided to host an event in her memory each year. It started as just a group of friends and visitors and has grown each year since. We still miss her energy, enthusiasm and overall good-naturedness

For more information about the next event in March 2019, visit here.

For other unique awards from the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona (belt buckles), visit here.

For unique awards from the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Turks & Caicos (conch trophies), visit here.

For unique awards from the Kingdom Swim in Vermont (walking sticks and woodals), visit here.

For unique awards given to Ice Kilometers swimmers at the IISA Ireland National Championships (paper crowns), visit here.

For unique awards given to Triple Crowners (English Channel + Catalina Channel + Around Manhattan Island), visit here.

For unique awards given by the Marathon Swimmers Federation (MSF Spork + MSF Navigator Award), visit here.

For unique awards given to South End Rowing Club members for North Channel crossing (cherrywood plaque), visit here.

For unique award given to the H20PLAY Swim Series winners, visit here.

For a unique medal given to a 2-way North Channel relay from Northern Ireland to Scotland and back to Northern Ireland , visit here.

For beautiful tropical fish awards given at the Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H2O Swim on Oahu, visit here.

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