The top finishers and the oldest and youngest swimmers at the Race for the Conch Eco-SeaSwim in Grace Bay, Providenciales receive some really cool awards created by local artist Stanford Handfield.

His unique and beautifully crafted conch shell trophies have a ceramic base with hand-painted place details for the individual winners of the Caribbean Sea destination swim.

The 100m, 1-mile and 2.4-mile race in Turks and Caicos also offers a Resort Cup conch trophy. The Resort Cup encourages each resort to enter their top three swimmers to compete for the best combined time.

We are happy to welcome return swimmers who finished last year, but want to go home with a conch trophy this year. We are also very pleased that defending champion for both races, including Marcos Diaz, will return to the Eco-SeaSwim this year. It is the third race in the West Indies Ocean Bluewater Swim Series,” explained race director Ben Stubenberg.

For those on the island and any visitors, we have established an informal 1-mile training swim every Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 pm at the same location where the race starts and finishes. For those who really want a challenge, we’ve instituted half-day Swim Safaris through sports adventure company Caicu Naniki that features boat-escorted swims between the cays, as well as swims along the reef.”

Gotta train to earn one of those conch trophies.

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