While some countries like Great Britain are beginning to see a greater number of women participating in open water relative to men, many countries and events are the world still see the number of men vs. women to be something like the FINIS-sponsored RCP Tiburon Mile in San Francisco.

At the 2011 RCP Tiburon Mile, 59% of the participants were male and 41% were female.

52% of the 646 athletes wore wetsuits and 48% went traditional in the cool 16°C (61°F) waters. The average age of the competitors was 35.7 years old with athletes coming from ten countries: Great Britain, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Australia, Ireland, Brazil, Egypt, Russia and the USA vying for the overall US$10,000 first prize.

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