Courtesy of Phil White, Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim, Vermont.

No two races in the open water swimming world are the same.

Even the same race over the same course in the same venue is usually different year to year.

So it makes sense that many awards given to swimmers in the open water world are creatively different and unique.

The multi-event Kingdom Swim annually holds a 100-yard, ¼-mile, 1-mile, 5 km, 10 km, 10 mile, 25 km Border Buster races. The races are held in Lake Memphremagog in Vermont, USA and reach into Quebec, Canada.

The event offers different and unique awards to its participants, from walking sticks to woodals and rocks.

Dr. Bill Peck [shown below], a local craftsman and a retired physician who practiced obstetrics and gynecology for decades in Vermont, is the creator of the custom walking sticks.

Race director Phil White says, “Dr. Peck delivered over a couple thousand babies, more than any other physician before or after. He is also a swimmer and in the 1990’s completed a stage swim of the 25-mile length of Lake Memphremagog, swimming 2 to 5 miles at a time. His walking sticks are on sale at the MAC Center for the Arts in Newport, Vermont. He has been making sticks for Kingdom Swim since we started in 2009.

We now award the sticks to the winners of the 10-mile and 25 km marathon swims who comply with traditional channel crossing rules regarding swim costumes.

We also award placement woodals [shown below] as well as completion woodals and completion rocks for all participants who complete the different swims. The first-, second- and third-place placers also are awarded Beef Jerky made by Brault’s Slaughterhouse in Troy, Vermont and maple syrup by Cuture’s Maple Shop and B&B, in Westfield, Vermont.”

For more information about the Kingdom Swim held annually in July, 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 SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona (belt buckles), visit here.

For unique awards from the IISA Ireland Championships in Conroy Pond, Ireland (IISA Ireland Medal), 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.

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