Miromar Lakes, FL (April 2, 2014) Miromar Lakes welcomes top swimmers from around the world to its 700 acre freshwater lake for the annual Open Water Festival on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13.   Miromar Lakes has hosted numerous open water swimming events including two Olympic trials. 

Miromar Lakes has partnered with Gulf Coast Swim Team for the  Open Water Festival which this year includes an international race and the Florida Open Water Swimming Championships. The festival also features short races and fun-filled events for swimmers of all ages and spectators are welcome. 

This year’s inaugural Crippen Cup 10K Marathon Invitational invites participation from the top men’s and women’s swimmers from the United States and the top 25 finishers from the World Championships and the World Cup.  The men’s race begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 12 with the women’s race at 11 a.m.  There is a $10,000 total cash purse to be awarded.  The late Fran Crippen was one of the top open water swimmers of all time.  

Miromar Lakes was the venue used to select the 2008 U.S. Olympic Open Water Team and in 2012 USA Swimming held its 5K and 10K National Championships at Miromar Lakes.  The 10k silver medalist from that event at Miromar Lakes Haley Anderson went on to become the silver medalist at the Olympic Games in London.

Miromar’s vast 700 acre freshwater lake has been selected as the host site for the USA Swimming, Nautique Boats national wakeboarding team, international photo shoots and more. The lake is the backdrop for the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting and Auction and is enjoyed by residents for water skiing, fishing, kayaking, sailing and social events at the waterfront Beach Club.

About Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club:
An award-winning fusion of community design, waterfront homes and amenities, Miromar Lakes is the #1 Community in the United States and #1 Clubhouse; awarded the Gold Awards for Community of the Year and Best Clubhouse by the National Association of Home Builders.  Miromar Lakes is the only Florida community in the 33 year history of the NAHB awards to receive these building industry top honors. 

The private resort-style community offers the finest amenities including the 700 acre freshwater lake, three miles of private, white sandy beach, a full service European Spa and Fitness Center, 7 Har-Tru Tennis Courts and Southwest Florida’s only Arthur Hills “signature” championship golf course.  Miromar Lakes is the only community in Southwest Florida to offer waterfront living, beaches and golf all within one luxurious location. New homes are available from the $600’s to over $5 Million.  Visit Miromar Lakes, Florida, just north of Naples, at exit 123 off I-75. For more information, please contact the Sales Center at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club at (239) 425-2340 or (877) 809-9444.

Photo: Swimmers complete a lap off the beach at Miromar Lakes

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