Demonstrating the physical prowess necessary to save swimmers in peril, more than 50 lifeguards Tuesday competed in the first Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps Invitational at Jones Beach.
Events included a 4-by-100-yard soft-sand relay race and the prized land line rescue -- involving one swimmer, one "victim" and two lifeguards who had to pull in the "victim" and the swimmer on yards of rope, later carrying the "victim" on their backs across the finish line.
While songs like "Eye of the Tiger" played from a loudspeaker as lifeguard Cary Epstein, 32, of Hewlett, hosted the event, the physical tests were marked by cheers on the sidelines and panting by lifeguards emerging from the surf.
Fire Island Ocean Rescue won the tight team race with 169 points, and Central Mall Jones Beach lifeguards were a close second with 168 points and Jones Beach placed third with 150 points.
The final results:
2-mile beach run, Jones Beach
Run-swim-run, Fire Island Ocean Rescue
Distance paddle, Robert Moses Field 3 lifeguards
Landline rescue, Jones Beach Central Mall lifeguards
Distance swim, Fire Island Ocean Rescue
4x100 soft sand relay, Long Beach Patrol
Swim-paddle-run relay, Jones Beach
Rescue race, Fire Island Ocean Rescue
Beach flags, Long Beach Patrol
Overall tournament placings:
1st -- Fire Island Ocean Rescue, 169 points
2nd -- Central Mall Jones Beach lifeguards, 168 points
3rd -- Jones Beach, 150 points
4th -- Long Beach Patrol, 129 points
5th -- Robert Moses Field 3, 108 points
6th -- Tobay Beach lifeguards, 80 points
7th -- Robert Moses Field 2, 49 points