Courtesy of Chris Gardner, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.

Tim Marr and Rachel Randall won the inaugural Aqua Sphere North Shore 10K Swim on the famed north shore of Oahu in Hawaii.

North Shore Swim Series race director Chris Gardner reports, “Oahu’s North Shore is supposed to be flat as lake in September, but the surf along the 7 mile Miracleʻ – as it is known in the surf world – kicked up to 4 – 6 feet giving the field of 10 km marathon swimmers more of a challenge.

The course for the 10 km swim was an out & back course from world-famous Waimea Bay to the ½ way turnaround at Sunset Beach. Former pro triathlete and Hawaii local Tim Marr was first up the sand at Waimea Bay with a time of 2 hours 26 minutes. Rachel Randall was the first wahine [female] to finish in a time of 2 hours 35 minutes.

Shout out to 74-year-old Ulrich Klinke who finished the 10 km swim with a time of 3 hours 37 minutes and then dried off and headed to Waikiki to be inducted into the Hawaii Swimming Hall of Fame.”

10 km Finishers:
1. Tim Marr (39) 2:26:15.9
2. Calvin Taetzsch (36) 2:31:37.9
3. Rachel Randall (26) 2:35:44.5 [first female]
4. Ryan Leong (45) 2:39:59.6
5. Hudson Slay (51) 2:46:50.3
6. Stefan Reinke (60) 2:47:17.9
7. Kai West (16) 2:56:03.1
8. Griffin Bolan (24) 3:04:34.6
9. Lauren Grous (34) 3:22:00.6 [second female]
10. Doug Robinson (42) 3:34:38.9
11. Ulrich Klinke (74) 3:37:22.1

The 5 km race was dominated by Australian long distance specialist John De Mestre. De Mestre was a full 5 minutes ahead of Oahu surfer Jamison Gove. Honolulu’s Sandie Easton topped the women’s field of the 5 km swim with a time of 1 hour 15 minutes.

The Aqua Sphere North Shore 5K Swim started in 2014 and concludes the open water swims on the North Shore.

For more information on the North Shore Swim Series, visit www.northshoreswimseries.com.

5 km Top 10 Finishers:
1. John De Mestre (56) 1:09:08.3
2. Jamison Gove (39) 1:14:32.5
3. Luis Saulny (38) 1:14:49.0
4. Sandie Easton (49) 1:15:17.3
5. Franklin Baker (46) 1:16:05.1
6. Michael Koehne (44) 1:18:59.5
7. Sergii Kukharskyi (29) 1:26:45.7
8. Taiyo Endo (17) 1:29:05.1
9. Paulo De Azevedo (29) 1:32:46.3
10. Jim Lawrence (52) 1:32:46.4

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