Whether you are an advanced swimmer or an amateur looking to improve your time, the 2014 Swim Miami presented by Nike will have something for you.
The event, which is considered one of the best open-water swimming events in South Florida, will be held Saturday at the Miami Yacht Club on Watson Island. The intense swim requires great skill and endurance to navigate changing currents and tides in open water.
The competition is expected to draw Olympic champions, weekend warriors and triathletes to four different courses, depending on experience level.
Each course is set to the backdrop of multimillion dollar homes, the downtown skyline and Biscayne Bay.
Event organizers modeled the course after the open-water swim competition from the 2012 Olympics in London, and they expect Swim Miami to outshine other races as swimmers will be able to navigate past homes of noted celebrities, such as Gloria Estefan’s residence.
There are four distances available for swimmers: An 800-meter event will start at Jungle Island’s La Playa and finish on the Miami Yacht Club Beach; The Miami Mile, 5K and 10K races will consist of laps around a one-mile semi-rectangular course that is on the north side of Watson Island.
Participants in the 5K portion will have to complete three laps and those in the 10K will need to finish six laps before the cutoff.
The race was recognized by the World Open Water Swimming Association as one of America’s Top 100 open-water swims.
Registration is $35 to $65 to depending on the distance and it must be completed by Friday. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-273-1129.
The Down2earth Twilight mountain biking event will be Saturday at Amelia Earhart Park at 401 E. 65th Street in Hialeah.
The evening ride will take participants through the mountain bike trails of Amelia Earhart Park as the sun is setting.
Competitors will have to complete the course solo or on two-person teams through six laps with each lap ranging between five to seven miles.
Registration is on race day from 3 to 4 p.m., with a 5 p.m. start time.
Racers who are participating in the full Twilight series will be eligible to enter their bib number for a raffle to win a carbon fiber mountain bike.
For more information, visit www.worksmartplayharder.com or call 786-385-4204.