The South Shore Classic is a unique swim race here on Oahu and this was it's second year running. Here's how it works. There are actually 4 different races: Women's 1-mile, Men's 1-mile, Elite 2-mile (men and women) and the Keki race. It's a pretty unique format for racing and glad it came back for the second year.
For the 1-mile races...the first people in the water are those 70 years of age and older, then, 1 minute later women in their 60s start, 50 seconds later all the people in their 50s start, 40 seconds later all the 40s head out, 40 seconds after that, all the 30s head out, then 20 or 30 seconds after that if you are 29 or under you leave. In the 2-mile race all the women (or teenage girls and me) leave first and then a bit later the men (or teenage boys) leave. I'm not sure how far behind us they went (maybe 3 minutes?), but women left first followed by the men. In all three of these races, the first person to cross the finish line is crowned the South Shore Champion.
My goal was to stay with the front girls the whole first loop then try to make up some time on the beach runs. I came out of the water 10th-ish and proceeded to run past about 6 girls on the beach! YAY running! The next loop, I passed another girl in the water and then one more on the beach and was sitting 3rd. I was able to stay with the two girls in the water and then pass them on the beach, I was holding my own with 15yos! (I don't know how old they were really, but HSers I think.). Anyways the last loop was me and one other girl, we entered the water at about the same time and I proceeded to face plant running in, whoops! The swell had come up again for the last loop and we were kind of getting pummeled throughout the entire last lap. As we were rounding the last buoy, she caught a wave and took off, missed that opportunity (I guess I should practice my body surfing skills) and lost my timing chip in the process (it actually washed up on shore before I got there!). I tried to catch a bunch a waves coming in to the finish and failed miserable. The guy that ended up in 2nd overall caught a wave right at the finish to get into shore right ahead of me. Results are here.