CURRIMAO, Ilocos Norte —- Over a hundred Chinese swimmers are in the province today to participate in the most celebrated International Cross Harbor Race, attracting hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators.

Xavier Ruiz of the Provincial Tourism Office said almost 150 swimmers from Guangzhou touched down at the Laoag International Airport on Tuesday via chartered China Eastern Airlines.

The event is hosted by the province of Ilocos Norte particularly in the coastal waters of Currimao for the first leg today (Dec. 9) and the white sand beaches of Pagudpud tomorrow, Dec. 10, for the second leg.

“For two days, they are billeted at the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel in Laoag City as the race started in Currimao at 7 a.m. today and in Pagudpud tomorrow at 8 a.m.,” said Ruiz.

As a premier sports destination of the north, Ilocos Norte keeps on attracting athletes all over the world to have their competitions held here.

With Ilocos Norte’s favorable sunny weather and proximity to China, organizers have chosen the province as a venue for the swim race event.

First held in 1906, the Cross Harbor Race is a physically demanding sports event that requires both a tactical and technical approach to achieve the best outcome.

Every year, Chinese athletes look forward to the race as a way of promoting swimming as a sport among people of all ages. PNA