RECORDS ?WILL GO
By GREG WHITE
LIKE sands through the hourglass, time is running out for competitors seeking entry into the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort Ocean Swims, scheduled for Coffs Harbour's Jetty Beach from 9am on Sunday.
Chief driving force Mick Maley said more than 400 entries had already been registered and last year's record of 700 participants was certain to be broken.
"Most of the entries so far are from out of town," Maley said.
"They're coming from all over New South Wales with a heap from southern Queensland which is really putting a smile on my face.
"But we want those locals to get cracking as we've only got a couple of days to go."
Maley said numbers for the 600m and 2000m swims were 'strong' but he's keen to boost the field in the 250m charity swim.
"All those Parents and Friends Associations and fundraisers for community groups should remember the prizes we are offering," he said.
"Three random draws of $500 each will be made and they'll be able to boost their coffers just by entering the event."
Entries can still be made on www.coffsoceanswims.com and two registration sessions will be held at Coffs Harbour Yacht Club in the final hours leading up to the event.
Times are 2pm-3.30pm on Saturday and 6pm-8.30am on Sunday.
"I expect we'll be really busy on Saturday afternoon and recommend any last minute stragglers should attend," Maley said.
"They can still enter just before the race on Sunday morning but this will attract a late entry fee to cover the extra costs."