FORT MYERS, Florida, April 1. AARON Peirsol, the winner of seven gold medals in swimming announced today that the second annual Aaron Peirsol's Race for the Oceans, an open-water swimming fundraiser, will be held at Fort Myers Beach in Fort Myers, Florida, October 10-11, 2009. Aaron Peirsol's Race for the Oceans raises funds and awareness for Oceana, a non-profit group established to protect and restore the world's oceans and for which Peirsol is a spokesperson. Part of the proceeds from the event will go to clean up the oceans and raise awareness for the ongoing need to protect them.
Peirsol will host and participate in the event and Gold medal swimmer and NBC Olympic broadcaster, Rowdy Gaines, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.
"Protecting our world's oceans is very important to me because I grew up swimming in the Pacific Ocean and, now that I have a chance to make a difference, it's important to me to help people understand that we can't take the beauty of our oceans for granted," said Peirsol. "This is a great chance for people to experience the joy of swimming in Florida's warm ocean waters and raise awareness for an important cause."
Aaron Peirsol's Race for the Oceans a 500 yard Junior swim, a one kilometer swim, and a five kilometer swim and relays both masters and youth swimmers.
For more information about the event, or to register to participate, please visit www.racefortheoceansevent.com.
About Aaron Peirsol
Aaron won two Gold Medals and a Silver Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics adding to his impressive run in Athens where he won three Gold Medals, sweeping all the backstroke events. He now holds the World Record in the 100 backstroke and the 4 X 100 Medley Relay. Aaron went to his first Olympics at age 16 and set his first world record at age 17. His laid-back attitude out of the pool doesn't hold true in the pool where he has become the dominant—and possibly the most influential—backstroker of all time.
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Global in scope and dedicated to conservation, Oceana has campaigners based in North America (Washington, DC; New York; Juneau, AK; Los Angeles and Monterey, CA; and Portland, OR), Europe (Madrid, Spain; Brussels, Belgium) and South America (Santiago, Chile). More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. For more information, please visit www.Oceana.org.