A few months from now, the Island will host a weekend swimming contest for people young and old. “This event will be a great celebration of the sport of swimming and all the South Padre Island area has to offer,” said Lenny Krayzelburg, four-time Olympic gold medalist and CFO of Open Water Planet. “This is truly an event for all swimmers whether you are 9 or 89.”
The South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Open Water Planet, an open water event production company, have teamed up to host the first South Padre Island Open Water Festival, a swimming-based event, in the bay area Nov. 5-6.
The festival will feature a kids sprint, a one-mile race, a five-kilometer race and a military veterans event. “Hosting an event like this in South Padre Island is such a great opportunity to promote open water swimming and competitive swimming to a community,” said NBC Olympic commentator Rowdy Gaines, who will be emceeing the event. Gaines said the event is great for the sport of swimming.

For more information visit http://www.openwaterplanet.com/spiopenwaterfestival

By RAUL GARCIA Staff Writer