LA Tri Club and SCAQ Team Up to Set a New World Record Swimming 2,462 Miles in One Day

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The Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge Will Unite So Cal Athletes to Promote Water Safety and Fund Free Swim Lessons for Local Kids.

We are fortunate to live in an area with great access to pools and the ocean, yet the region’s drowning statistics for children are truly frightening.

Presented by LA Tri Club and SCAQ (Southern California Aquatics), the Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge will unite Southern California athletes to collectively swim 2,462 miles -- the point-to-point distance between LA and New York -- in a single day, in a single pool. Beyond making a splash with a new world record attempt for the most miles swum by a group in one day, this unprecedented aquatic feat is being held to promote water safety and raise funds for a free swim instruction program that benefits LA’s children.

The Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 5 a.m. to midnight at the Culver City Plunge aquatic center located at 4175 Overland Avenue, Culver City. LA Tri Club and SCAQ members will be joined by athletes from local high school and college teams, as well as friends and family, for this non-stop marathon of lap swimming. To complete the distance of 2,462 miles, more than 1,500 individual swimmers are expected to complete lap intervals that range between 1/2 mile - 2 1/2 miles each -- or even more.

“We are fortunate to live in an area with great access to pools and the ocean, yet the region’s drowning statistics for children are truly frightening,” said Larry Turkheimer, LA Tri Club co-founder. “Drowning surpasses all other causes of death among children age 14 and under in California, while Los Angeles County has by far the highest rate of near-drowning of any county in the state. The Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge is a way for our members and other So Cal swimmers to help reduce these tragic numbers by making free swim instruction available to children in our community who otherwise might not be able to learn how to be safe in the water.”

“We are extremely grateful to the Culver City Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services which has wholeheartedly embraced this one-of-a-kind fundraiser and provided us with a great venue in the Culver City Plunge,” said Clay Evans, SCAQ Founder.

Swimmers participating in the Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge will sign up for one or more 30-minute stages and will receive lane assignments with swimmers of similar speed. All swimmers must register in advance and may request -- but are not guaranteed -- specific swim times.

“Because we know there are long-distance swimmers who will want to rack up extra miles for the cause, we’ve set aside 75 spots exclusively for ‘Launchers’ and ‘Closers’ at the beginning and end of the Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge,” said Turkheimer. “We’ve already had requests for these exclusive spots and have invited pros and former Olympians to join us, so we expect these slots to fill up very quickly. We encourage all swimmers to register early to claim their lane in this epic event.”

Entry prices are as follows:
30-minute swim ONE STAGE - $25
60-minute swim TWO STAGES - $35
90-minute swim THREE STAGES - $45
Launchers & Closers (5 - 8 a.m. or 9 p.m. - midnight) - $65

Participants and spectators will also enjoy visiting the Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge Expo and the food trucks on hand selling distinctive fare throughout the day. For information, or to register for the Coast-to-Coast Swim Challenge, visit http://www.coast2coastswim.com.

About LA Tri Club
Based in Los Angeles, LA Tri Club was founded in 2000 to provide a network of information, support services, training and racing activities, friendship and fun for the growing triathlon community. Today with more than 1800 members, LA Tri Club has become one the nation’s largest triathlon clubs. Whether it’s your first triathlon or your 50th, LA Tri Club gives you access to the tools, training and community needed to complete or compete. For more information, please visit http://www.latriclub.com.

About SCAQ
SCAQ is the most successful and popular Masters swimming program in the United States. For over 30 years SCAQ has offered steady year round swimming as well as weekly stroke clinics and ocean workouts as preparation for fitness, Triathlons, Oceans swims and Pool Swim Meets. With 80 weekly coached workouts at 8 of the best pools in the Los Angeles area - morning, noon, and night. SCAQ is a swimming club for every level of adult swimmer, Novice to Olympian. SCAQ’s average coach has 30 years of swimming background, five are Olympians and almost all were college All-Americans. Swim for fitness, competition and fun, visit http://www.SWIM.net.

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