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Cascais Swim Challenge – Swim for the Ocean becomes the latest race on the 2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series (WOWSS).

The Cascais race in Portugal is a high-quality event,” says Doug Woodring. “Its logistics and organizational capabilities, its focus on environmental concerns, and the overall beauty of the site are among the reasons why it joins 15 other races around the world in the series.”

The 4th Cascais Swim Challenge – Swim for the Ocean will take place on June 7th at Praia da Duquesa Beach in Cascais as the 16th swim in the Series.

Our race is partnered with Ocean Recovery Alliance,” says race director Jorge Paulo Pereira. “The Cascais Swim Challenge – Swim for the Ocean provides not only great competition, but also enjoyable and beautiful moments in the sea and at the beach, to swimmers from all ages and levels of swimming capability.

Pereira also wants to add to the growing global voice that pollution presents a growing risk to the world’s ocean, coasts, marine life, and human health. “The Swim Challenge Cascais is the a truly dedicated Swim for the Ocean. We are launching in Portugal with a strong maritime history and within a beautiful setting, an ideal place to start the movement to bring the world’s ocean athletes to engage with the rest of the community to advocate new activities to improve the health of our ocean,” says Woodring of Ocean Recovery Alliance.

The event will be held one day before World Ocean Day in its honor. It is also one day before the international and unique Plasticity Forum which will be held in Cascais on June 8th and 9th which focuses on the future of plastic innovations so that companies and governments can help to reduce their waste footprint, with the ocean as one of the end benefactors.”

Pereira is the owner of 3 Iron Sports and Associação de Nadadores dos Estoris where he promotes triathlons and open water swimming. A former athlete and manager of various channel swimmers and triathletes, he founded the first triathlon school in Cascais county, the Swim Challenge Cascais, the Estoril Triathlon and the Cascais Long Distance Triathlon.

For more information, visit www.swim-challenge.com.

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