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Meet Gary Hall Sr. of The Race Club in Coronado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gary Hall Sr.

Life Is Worth Swimming is The Race Club’s motto.

Because Life is Worth Swimming, their mission is to promote swimming through sport, lifelong enjoyment, and good health benefits. Their objective is for each member of and each participant in The Race Club to improve his or her swimming performances, health, and self-esteem through their educational programs, services and creativity. They strive to help each member of The Race Club overcome challenges and reach his or her individual life goals.

After retiring from world-class competition in 1976, Dr. Hall established his medical practice in Phoenix, Arizona, where he owned and operated one of the most successful Eye Laser Centers in America. Throughout his medical career, he continued to compete in triathlons and swimming events, most recently breaking several world records in Masters swimming competition. In 2006, he retired from his medical practice in order to devote more time to his family and passion for swimming. He and his wife moved to Islamorada, Florida, to help direct the operations of The Race Club. In 2016, following the death of their nephew, Charles H Keating IV, Navy Seal who was killed by ISIS on front lines, Gary Sr. and Mary Hall moved to Coronado to be closer to family. They go back and forth between Islamorada and Coronado.

The Race Club provides facilities, coaching, training, technical instruction, video, fitness and health programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Race Club swim camps are designed and tailored to satisfy each swimmer’s needs, whether one is trying to reach the Olympic Games or simply improve one’s fitness. Their programs are suitable for beginner swimmers, pleasure swimmers, fitness swimmers, USA swimming or YMCA swimmers, or triathletes; anyone who wants to improve swimming skills. All of their Race Club members share an enjoyment of being in the water and use swimming to stimulate a more active mind and body.

The Race Club was not officially founded until 2003, but it’s origin dates back to the year 2000 when a group of 13 talented swimmers came together to train for the Sydney Olympic Games. At that time, they called themselves The World Team.

Race Club World Team Beijing 2008 – The World Team of 2000 was an experiment for them. For the first time they provided not only great swimming coaches for the 13 athletes, but great coaches in all five of the important training disciplines: swimming, strength training, mental training, nutrition and recovery. They had never done that before. The results exceeded their expectations. Ten athletes competed in Sydney, six for the United States. The six American athletes won 10 Olympic medals for the USA, 1/10th of the total medals won for our country.

In 2003, Gary Hall Jr. founded The Race Club in Islamorada, Florida, with the hopes of promoting the sport of swimming worldwide. Gary Jr. designed their logo using the Sea Griffin, symbolizing fierce competitiveness and the dolphins, for swimming athleticism.

Just to be sure their success at the 2000 Games was not a coincidence, they repeated their effort in 2004 for Athens, this time with The Race Club. Although they sent fewer swimmers to Athens, the results were just as impressive. They won six Olympic medals. Now they knew they had developed a great formula for fast swimming.

In 2006, The Race Club began to share what it had learned about training athletes in all five important disciplines with the rest of the world. They began offering The Race Club camps where they taught swimmers of any age or any ability how to swim faster. Swimmers have come from around the world to learn their training and swimming techniques. They have not been disappointed.

In 2008, 17 swimmers representing 15 countries that trained with The Race Club competed in the Beijing Olympics. Two more Olympic medals were won. All swam personal best times.

Today, The Race Club is focused on developing the most advanced swim camps in the world in two of the most beautiful places in the world; the Florida Keys and Coronado Island. Campers not only benefit from the Race Club formulas for success in training, but also some of the most advanced video and analytical software available. With each and every Race Club Camper, they have proudly improved their skill, elevated their enthusiasm and opened their eyes to swimming’s lifelong possibilities. For some, a Race Club Camp has resulted in a full college scholarship. For others, it has simply renewed a passion for the sport and strengthened a commitment to fitness.

Training Olympic swimmers is their passion and their history. Making you a better swimmer is their business. Life is worth swimming!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The Race Club has evolved based on swimmer’s needs and has grown exponentially over the years. This proves there is a huge lack of swimming technique taught at any level in swimming, whether you are an age group swimmer learning the basics up to masters swimmers who were never taught swimming technique and even to Olympians who are always looking to improve.

Our struggles have been keeping up with the demand. Now that our second location in Coronado is established after just over a year being here, we think we can serve many more passionate swimmers in our community and beyond. Most of our clients come from all over the world, but we are excited to grow in Southern California.

The Race Club – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am the Technical Director of the Race Club. I am known as a 3 time Olympian, just like my son, Gary Hall Jr. I was an ophthalmologist for 25 years and now have the noble profession of Technique Swim Instructor for swimmers of all ages and abilities from all over the world. The Race Club has a methodology that helps swimmers swim faster. We do things differently than anyone else and we get results for the swimmers that come to us for an average of 4 days at a time. I am proud to help swimmers and affect their lives in swimming and in what we call the 5 disciplines of swimming and life.

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