Olympic gold medalists and other elite swimmers will race in a field of 600 for $10,000 prizes in the world’s most competitive open water swim, the 11th annual RCP Tiburon Mile, on Sun., Oct. 17. Register now to swim with the stars!
Larkspur, CA (Vocus) July 26, 2010
Olympic gold medalists and other elite swimming stars will race in a field of 600 for $10,000 prizes in the 11th annual RCP Tiburon Mile, the world’s most competitive open water swim, on Sun., Oct. 17, at 9 a.m. The race of one-nautical mile from Angel Island to the town of Tiburon in Marin County, CA, will reward the fastest female and male competitors with a $10,000 prize each. To register to swim, visit http://www.rcptiburonmile.com or call the Race Hotline, (415) 721-9990.
Representing more than 20 countries, the 2010 contenders include Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Lochte of the U.S. and Ous Mellouli of Tunisia, plus Olympic Open Water Bronze Medalist Thomas Lurz of Germany (all schedules permitting). The charitable beneficiary’s team, the Hospice By The Bay Angel Fish, will also race. The Angel Fish Team Captain is CBS 5’s Eyewitness News Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales, who is also a tri-athlete.
The elite swimmers and the Hospice By The Bay Angel Fish will race alongside hundreds of college and high school athletes, including swim teams from Stanford and UC Berkeley, national and local pool and open water swimmers, as well as Special Olympics athletes, in this test of speed and endurance in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay.
The beneficiary of donations to the Hospice By The Bay Angel Fish Team and pledges to individual swimmers is Bay Area non-profit Hospice By The Bay (HBTB). Founded in 1975, Hospice By The Bay cares for patients with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, and offers grief counseling to anyone who is coping with loss. HBTB serves Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties. To make a pledge or donation to the Hospice By The Bay Angel Fish Team, visit http://www.hbtb.org , or call (415) 526-5500.
Volunteers are needed to help out on land at registration, with swimmers, etc., or on the water on your kayak, Jet Ski or surfboard spotting swimmers on event day. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (415) 526-5500, or events(at)hbtb(dot)org.
Hospice By The Bay, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in its 35th year of providing the highest quality end-of-life care to patients and support their families. Serving Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma counties, Hospice By The Bay offers hospice and palliative care, as well as grief counseling for all those in the community whose lives have been affected by loss. Founded in 1975 by the community for the community, funding for Hospice By The Bay programs is through health care reimbursement and charitable donations from community members and businesses. For information about Hospice By The Bay’s care or to make a donation to support its work, call (415) 927-2273, or visit http://www.hbtb.org .
Enhancing the RCP Tiburon Mile Weekend this year are two new Saturday events, which are also open to the public. Some of the fastest swimmers in the world will compete in the inaugural RCP Tiburon Sprint Classic Exhibition, a charitable event benefiting both Hospice By The Bay and the USA Swimming Foundation at a private Tiburon residence, on Sat., Oct. 16, 3-8 p.m.
A limited number of ticketed guests will thrill as Olympic medalists compete in 50-meter, freestyle heats for a $10,000 prize for the winners in a final, two-man, winner-take-all match. Schedules permitting, competitors include Olympic Gold Medalists Ryan Lochte, Matt Grevers, Nation Adrian, Ben Wildman-Tobriner, and Garret Weber-Gale from the USA and Cesar Cielo from Brazil, Silver Medalist Fred Cousquet of France and National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. Champion Josh Schneider (all schedules permitting). After the races, guests and swimmers will enjoy a gourmet dinner poolside. Tickets for the up-close-and-personal action are available at http://www.rcptiburonsprintclassic.com or (415) 721-9990.
That morning, Sat., Oct. 16, 9-11 a.m., local swimmers of all ages will have the opportunity to learn championship techniques from champion swimmers, such as 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Captain Josh Davis and other stars, at the Olympian Gold Medal Swim Clinic held at the College of Marin Pool, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. Register at http://www.rcptiburonmile.com or (415) 721-9990.
Marin County native Robert C. Placak, an elite swimmer and president of Robert C. Placak & Associates Insurance Services, founded the RCP Tiburon Mile in 1999, and added the two new events this year. Creating a world-class event, he says, is his way of “giving back to the sport” that has given him so much. At the U.S. Masters open-water swimming nationals in June 2010, Placak, 51, finished second in his age group, covering the 1.5-mile course in 31 minutes, 15 seconds.
CONTACT: Kris Montgomery
Manager of Communications, Hospice By The Bay