The 8th Annual TCT7 Swim
The 8th Annual TCT7 Swim was a great success, as 48 one mile entrants and 22 3.5 mile entrants participated in the event on the morning of September 8th 2019. The weekend began with the TCT7 Dinner the evening of the 7th with guest speakers Ron and Marge Weber. They shared the story of their son, Captain Mark Weber, who won the 3.5 mile event in 2014. He was killed in action in Iraq in March of 2018. The 3.5 mile event is now the Captain Mark Weber Legacy 3.5 Mile Swim.
Thanks to all who helped make the 2019 “The Clock is Ticking” 7 Mile Swim Event (aka TCT7) Swim a success. The weekend’s activites honored God and remembered the life and legacy of James Eunice, and added a new chapter with the story of Mark Weber.
The TCT7 Dinner featured barbecue chicken, pulled pork courtesy of Pat O’Neal and his great team at the Smokin’ Pig, vegetarian lasagna courtesy of Sue and Stan Cox and the great staff at Covington’s, and lots of great sides and homemade desserts. The program featured Donna Norton singing “Step by Step” and “Give Me Jesus” with Nephtali Santiago accompanying her on guitar. Nephtali also provided music during the dinner. Larry Hauser, pastor of Lake Park United Methodist Church, prayed over the meal. Ron Weber, father of Mark Weber, shared Mark’s inspiring story and left us all with a challenge to make a difference.
The TCT7 Swim kicked off the morning of 8 September, with Donna Norton singing the National Anthem as the Lowndes County High School Air Force Junior ROTC Honor Guard presented the colors. Larry Hauser prayed to open the event, and 48 one mile swimmers hit the water at 8. The 22 3.5 mile swimmers began in three waves with the last swimmers entering the water at 8:09. Asher Cooper finished first overall in the one mile with at time of 22:27 minutes. Annabelle Melendez finished second overall and as the first female with a time of 23:17 minutes. Coleman Yates finished first overall in the 3.5 mile event with a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 29 seconds. Karoline Ponder finished second overall and as the first female with a time of 1 hour 28 minutes and 1 seconds
We can’t say thank you enough to our amazing team of volunteers, all of the event participants, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team, Lowndes County High AF JROTC, Golden Isles EMS, Lowndes County Public Works, and numerous volunteers from Highlands Christian Academy, the Valdosta State softball team, Phi Mu sorority, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Chi Oh sorority, and Sigma Chi fraternity. We hope you can join next year for the 2020 event, tentatively planned for the weekend of 12-13 September.
Check for additional updates on this website and the TCT7 Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/657743721280248/.
The TCT7 is a non-profit event where proceeds go back to a community (scholarships, local charities, etc.) that gave so much to a family when it mattered most. Centering around 17 year old James Eunice, a young man wise beyond his years, who impacted the community in ways that continue even to this day. The event is designed for participants to be challenged in both the water as an athlete and in life as a friend, family member, and neighbor.
All events will be held at the Lowndes County 4H Camp, 5000 4H Club Road, Lake Park, Ga 316366 on beautiful Long Pond. Click for map and directions. World Open Water Swim Association (WOWSA) sanctioned the 2019 event. We thank you for continuing the legacy of James Eunice, a young man who is still making a difference in this world.
** Anyone younger than 18 must have permission from parent or guardian**
Our mission is to provide a sporting event that inspires people to live wholesome lives, reach their potential and keep James’s legacy alive through supporting the James Eunice Charity Foundation.
To provide a nationally recognized sporting event that attracts swimmers from across the local area, state and country to partake in endurance competitions, food, hospitality, and fun; and more importantly, to inspire them through the example of James Eunice to live lives of utmost meaning and purpose. The swim event will offer a unique opportunity to provide a venue where they gather to enjoy each other, food, and athleticism, all to honor James' legacy of a lifestyle that puts God first, others second, and self last.
Our goal goes far beyond athletics. Our team will provide an annual two-day event that brings people together by sharing great food, providing fun activities, and allowing volunteer opportunities during a professionally coordinated swim event – all in a climate where God is present. We desire everyone to hear the convicting stories of James’ faith, the Eunice family’s love, and a giving community – and to allow God as unhindered way in their lives …as He did in James.
What Does ‘The Clock is Ticking” mean?
At age 17, James David Eunice left this life much too soon. Eight months before he left us, he penned words drawn from a broken heart because of a missed opportunity to share his faith with a schoolmate who was killed in a car accident. These 219 words live on as part of a young man’s legacy never to be forgotten. It is titled “The Clock is Ticking”.
The Clock is Ticking©
Take time to love someone. Today, Tomorrow, For the rest of your life. Because when that unexpected day comes that they pass on, you’ll be left wondering what you could’ve done better. How you could have made them feel more welcome, and show that you do care for them. Don’t wait until it’s too late like I did. Show the love that Jesus has for you to everyone you see. Let your heart break for what breaks His. Christ is enough. Let Him show you life. You never know who He may touch through you. It is so sad that it takes a tragedy like this to comprehend how our days are numbered. Only He knows. Keep your faith in Him. He will bless you beyond belief. Our job is right now. This very second. So often, God gives me a little nudge towards someone.. and I put it off until the next day.. and then the next and then the next. Stop stalling. God put us on this earth for HIS glory. Not ours… and so many times, the things I do always point back to me and my stupid self righteousness. So do something with me. Everyone. If this just touches one person, I will have done my job. Don’t stall. Judgement is a heart beat away.
– James Eunice, April 2010