Doug Woodring is now offering the yin to the yang of the Clean Half with a new 15 km winter marathon swim in Hong Kong Island on February 23rd 2013.

The Cold Half is modeled after Asia’s most popular marathon swim, the Clean Half, except the water temperature is more to the liking of marathon swimmers, channel swimmers and adventurists of various types.

The Cold Half is either a solo race or a 2-person relay. If performed as a solo swimmer, a support paddler is required. If performed as a relay, the swimmers rotate every 30 minutes with motorized escort required.

Swimmers will start at Stanley Main Beach and finish at Middle Island Beach with a barbeque and warm-up dinner held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club in front of Hong Kong’s only fireplace.

To offer a challenge to swimmers with all different body types and motivations, there are two categories in the Cold Half: Naturally Ocean and Wetsuited and Buoyant.

For more information and registration requests, contact Shu Pu at kittyp4@hotmail.com. For information and registration requests for swimmers outside of Hong Kong and China, contact Doug Woodring atdoug@oceanrecov.org.

Woodring is nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads, “Day in and day out, Doug Woodring works tirelessly to bring the world’s attention to the plasticity of the world’s oceans. His open water events are the greenest in the world with their carbon-neutral options and biodegradable products. His projects, run under his NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, include the Plastic Disclosure Project and Global Alert – Floating Trash, reach global political leaders and an increasing number of citizens in a number of countries. He is a man of the sea, but he deals with the growing menace of ocean plasticity by going upstream and offering practical solutions that can be reasonably implement by individuals, corporations and governments. For his unwavering focus on a global issue with specific solutions, for his tying together open water swimming with the environmental problems of contemporary times, Doug Woodring is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Man of the Year.”

This Cold Half is another part of his growing open water swimming network in Asia.

Note: The expected water temperature can be expected to be several degrees colder than 20ºC (68ºF) with an air temperature that can range from 12.7-22ºC (55-72ºF).

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