Posted on: Monday July 29, 2019


Caramoan hosts Swimjunkie Challenge for the 5th time in a row
For the fifth time in a row, the Swimjunkie Swimming Inc., in partnership with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, held the Swimjunkie Challenge in Caramoan on July 28, 2019. The most anticipated event has brought over 170 local and international open water swimmers and adventure-seekers from all over the world.

The islands of Caramoan are known for its pristine shorelines and immaculate waters. It has been a location for the TV Franchise 'Survivor' and has been the race central of Swimjunkie Challenge Caramoan for five years.

Denise Lampe from Germany, one of the first finishers of the challenge, expressed his admiration for Caramoan. “This is my first time in the Philippines and I’m overjoyed that Caramoan is the first place I visited because it is absolutely stunning!” he exalted.

 

As the Swimjunkie Challenge Caramoan tagline goes, ‘Four Beaches. Three Coral Fields. One Amazing Swim,’ the participants swam from Gota Village Resort to Hunongan Cove, Lahos Island, and Matukad Island. The swim was comprised of different categories namely, 5KM island-hop swim, 10 KM island-hop and marathon swim, and the inaugural 15 KM island-hop swim.

“I’ve been joining the Swimjunkie Challenge for the last three years and this was the first time I finished first,” shared by the 5KM first finisher, Ethan Cabral of Batangas. “It’s a tough challenge because of the water’s current, I felt really tired when I reached the shore but when I realized that I was the first to finish, all of that disappeared and I felt really happy and proud,” he added cheerfully.

To ensure the safety and security of the swimmers and organizers, the Camsur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), activated its Incident Management Team (IMT) comprising of rescue groups and communication groups from different member-agencies and organizations like  Bicol Medical Center, Bicol Sanitarium, Philippine National Police-Police Provincial Office, Tactical Operations Group 5, Philippine Airforce, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection Camarines Sur Provincial Office, Naval Forces Southern Luzon, Philippine Navy, United Kabalikat Civicom, Gryphon Fire Volunteer and Rescue, NEWACS, Kabalikat Bikol-Caramoan, Kabalikat Civicom, REACT, Kabalikat Bikol R5, and  Local Government Units of Libmanan, Nabua, Pasacao, De Gallego, and Caramoan.

 

Pontoon swimmers and on-foot medical teams were deployed in the area. Quick-response boats, ambulance boats, evacuation boats, and first aid stations comprised of doctors, nurses, and rescuers, were stationed across the swim route and islands.

Swimjunkie Managing Director Betsy Medalla, extended her gratitude to the provincial government of Camarines Sur, “I want to thank all the responders here today for helping us secure the safety of our swimmers. For the last five years, the Swimjunkie team is always at peace in conducting this challenge because we know we can always count on you in keeping everybody safe.”

 

Written By: Charen Vera

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