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This month we have added the 10,000th race in the calendar.
The counter for 2015 already stands now at 750 events.
We started in February 2008 with this website.
On For the organizers of events and other interested parties you can read about our history and backgrounds.
Fortunately, more and more organizations understand the usefulness to disclose their date as early as possible.
I'll say it again; "One can spend his money only once and they tend make their holiday plans as early in the year as possible."
GLASGOW will co-host the inaugural European Sports Championships in 2018, a multi-sport competition which is to include athletics, swimming and cycling.
The city, which hosted the 2014 Commonwealth Games, will combine with Berlin for the event, with almost 3,000 athletes from aquatics, cycling, rowing and triathlon competing in Scotland.
A further 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin as part of the venture, which will take place across 10 to 12 days.
The event will be funded jointly by Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government.
Swimming will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, diving and synchronised swimming at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, and open-water swimming at Loch Lomond.Continental ChampionshipEuropeGreat Britain /UK
Human beings are currently inhabiting a civilized society where the biggest part of our decisions relies on our rational mind rather than the instinct. Times when the human had to run faster than predators to survive or climb the highest tree to pick the fruits had now had their day. All of these actions were direct consequence of the flourishing of the most primitive human instinct -that of survival and therefore of competitiveness.
Ever since the humanity has discovered in the civilization its modus to differentiate itself from the animal world, human beings have always found the ways to affirm themselves as survivors and enhance their most competitive self.
It then comes as no surprise that Ancient Greece hosted the first Olympic Games in history, standarizing the rules of many physical activities that back then were practiced to compare participants' classifications to pull together the list of results.
In this sense the popular sport is a clear reflection of the individual human necessity to display itself and in turn compare its own strength to that of the natural environment still preserving its ability to swim faster, pedal longer and climb mountains at a higher rate.
In 1978 a tiny group of our species decided to revolutionize the concept of popular sport by taking up the practice of TRIATHLON. The merger of three different sports into one tripled the exigency of popular athletes to the limits reachable only by a few professionals at the time.
Recent studies point to the fact that after 35 years of triatlon practice in the US many of these athletes are craving for new challenges. This would be the case of a long-distance athlete who has leapfrogged all the stages within the world of triathlon: debut in the sprint distance, considerable improvements in the olympic triathlon and tackling of several Ironam challenges... But the question is - what comes next? It is precisely at this point where the open water swimming emerges as the new limit, new challenge.
In this vein, the WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association) study of 2012 seconds that the open water swimming is a steadily fast-growing sport on the global level -growth by no means casual but endorsed by the triathletes abandoning the triple discipline to be seduced by the strokes and waves. Spain is no exception and a significant group of open water swimmers are flocking to events reaching up to 1000 participants nationwide.
What are the features of this new trendy sport?
1- The challenge of our days:
Open water swimming is the ultimate expression of the human capacity of adaptation to the natural environment. To dominate the environment we haven't been born for in the first place for 10km is a challenge matchable to that of the Ironman in terms of the learning outcomes.
2- Less injuries, more pleasure:
Always working in a weightless environment reduces our exposure to injuries.
3- Bonding moment with nature:
The possibility to swim in open spaces, such as the sea, lakes or rivers provides us with a unique chance to experience familiar natural landscapes with new eyes. The sights opening to us within the water, without any artificial tools to propel us, are genuine in their beauty and make us feel one with our surrounding.
4- Sport to suit all budgets:
The economical requirements of this sport mainly come down to a swimcap, goggles and a swimsuit or the neoprene that is the biggest investment of an open water swimmer.
5- Less dedication:
It is possible to be very competitive in long-distance open water swim courses by training at top 7 sessions a week. Besides we can have our trainings mainly in the swimming pools, safe and protected from the inclement weather conditions.
6- A very feminine sport discipline:
More than 30% of registrations for the open water swimming competitions correspond to women. This sector increasingly joins the discipline to stay in shape, socialize and to quench the thirst for competition.
If this article has sparked your curiosity in open water swimming, next step is to find the right challenge of the season. OCEANMAN has all the ingredients to become your next sport challenge:
OCEANMAN is an international open water swim circuit consolidating in 2015 with 4 competitions running in Spain and Italy with more than 2.500 expected athletes. The organizers of the competitions have their eyes set on popular swimmers as well, thus offering three distances at each event: popular (non-competitive) (1km-2km), Half Oceanman (3-5km) and Oceanman (6-14 km).
OCEANMAN championship classification system is based on preliminary results (Altea, Palamós, Orta lake). As follows, the top 10 swimmers in each category and gender in every distance will be entitled to participate in the European Final taking place in Benidorm on October, 25.
The participation in Benidorm is also open to all those swimmers without previous classification, thus, making it possible for them to compete in the OCEANMAN and HALF OCEANMAN distances without the right to opt to the European Championship top position.
The venue selection has followed rigorous criteria grounded on the tourist and landscape appeal, the climate as well as infrastructure and services of the locations hosting the events.
-Oceanman Altea (Alicante) – 26/04/2015
-Oceanman Palamos (Girona) – 24/05/2015
-Oceanman Lake Orta (Italy) – 20/06/2015
-European Oceanman Championship in Benidorm (Alicante) – 25/10/2015
For more information and registrations visit our website:
World Aquatics Championships host in 2017, four years earlier than planned
Swimming-hungry Hungarian fans will not have to wait until 2021 to see their swimming stars – such as 2014’s world swimmer of the year Katinka Hosszú – compete at home in a world championship event after Budapest was awarded the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships. Originally awarded the 2021 event, the city stepped in when Mexico’s Guadalajara elected to withdraw from hosting the 2017 event, citing the decline in oil prices as a contributing factor to their inability to afford the expected $100 million cost of organising and holding the events.
The biennial event is expected to be the largest sporting event ever held in Budapest and will see the world’s finest aquatic athletes converge on the city to compete in world championship events in swimming, diving, open-water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.
The FINA World Aquatics Championships are a natural fit for this water-loving country, and stepping up for a failed host just two years before the event could win major friends for the city’s stated ambition to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.
Announcing the turn of events to Parliament last week alongside executive director of FINA Cornel Marculescu, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán remarked on the challenges that lie ahead: “This is a gigantic undertaking. There are risks, and success is not written in the stars.”
1:57:53.63 REICHERT Christian GER 1:57:53.6 4 FOGG Daniel GBR 1:57:54.5 5 WASCHBURGER Andreas GER 1:57:55.1 6 FURLAN Matteo ITA 1:57:55.3 7 LOPES MAMEDIO Allan BRA 1:57:57.6 8 CHERVYNSKIY Igor UKR 1:57:57.9 9 GYURTA Gergely HUN 1:57:59.5 10 ZU Lijun CHN 1:58:01.7 11 ANDRADE VILLARINHO Diogo BRA 1:58:02.8 12 MENEGON DE BONA Samuel BRA 1:58:07.5 13 HODSON Rhys David AUS 1:58:11.1 14 ALLEN Thomas GBR 1:58:20.2 15 ABROSIMOV Kirill RUS 1:58:26.6 16 DRATTCEV Evgenii RUS 1:58:28.9 17 HUGHES Caleb GBR 1:58:29.0 18 KHUDYAKOV Vitaliy KAZ 1:58:29.2 19 LURZ Thomas GER 1:58:29.6 20 SEREBRENNIKOV Daniil RUS 1:58:29.7 21 BRYAN Christopher IRL 1:58:34.2 22 QIAO Zhongyi CHN 1:58:43.1 23 GASPAR Vasco POR 1:58:44.6 24 BOLZONELLO Nicola ITA 1:59:30.2 25 EVSIKOV Anton RUS 1:59:49.5 26 ZHANG Zibin CHN
2:00:38.027 POP ACEV Evgenij MKD 2:01:07.5 28 DESHARNAIS Xavier CAN 2:01:17.1 29 RUIZ Hector ESP 2:01:24.2 30 BONANCA Mario POR 2:01:37.3 31 SITIC Ivan CRO 2:03:36.6 32 BELYAEV Kirill RUS 2:03:47.7 33 MILAN Duje CRO 2:03:58.6 34 LANG Yuanpeng CHN 2:09:29.7 35 RAFAJ Matija Luka CRO 2:09:30.9 36 SWEDENBORG Gustav SWE 2:15:41.4 37 KENENBAYEV Kenessary KAZ 2:16:10.7 38 LIM CHOU SANG Yohan MRI DNF 39 ALSAADI Yaaqoub UAE DNF 40 ALBALOOSHI Abdulla UAE DNF 41 ALKAABI Ali UAE DNF 42 BLEWUDZI Bernard Ray GHA DNF FINA10K swimsafetyAfrika
By Alex Meyer Alex Meyer is an American open water swimmer who represented the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics and won gold in the 25-kilometer race at the 2010 world championships. Outside of competition, he has also been a strong advocate in calls for reform in the sport after the 2010 death of close friend and teammate of Fran Crippen. Meyer helped search for Crippen the day he drowned after suffering from heat exhaustion during that competition in the United Arab Emirates.
Now, with the World Cup returning to the UAE on Friday, Meyer weighs in to ESPN.com about his concerns surrounding the race and why further safety measures are needed moving forward.
In October 2010, a dear teammate and friend to many, Fran Crippen, died in deplorable conditions during a FINA 10km World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates. Recently, FINA reinstated that same race, to be held in Abu Dhabi just 150 miles from the 2010 venue, and under the supervision of the same race director.
Many people -- friends, journalists, fellow Twitterers -- have asked me what my thoughts are on the upcoming FINA World Cup race, a race where U.S. swimmers have unanimously chosen not to participate. This contentious issue has deservedly been gaining traction in the American sports media and is starting to spread around the world (I was contacted by a German journalist this week). The articles have varied in their stance and tone, and I feel the need to sum up where I stand.
read the rest on: http://espn.go.comFINAsafetyAmericasAfrika
by Bonnie D. Ford - I never met Fran Crippen, but once I began writing about his death, it didn't take me long to understand his profound and lasting impact on people.
When I encounter someone who knew Crippen -- or sometimes merely knew of him -- their response when I mention his name is often the same: a hand involuntarily pressed to the heart. Crippen had it all -- looks, brains, talent, personality and a keen sense of fairness and sportsmanship.
But the reason I've persisted in reporting on the ripple effect of Crippen's October 2010 death in a 10-kilometer World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates is not because he was charismatic, which he was; or because he came from a lovely family, which he did; or because people miss him deeply, which they do. I went down that path for one reason: I wanted to know how a world-class swimmer could drown in plain sight in a competition, and what could be done to prevent it from happening again.
read the rest on: http://espn.go.comFINAsafetyWorldAfrika
Open water offers an incredible venue for creating amazing videos of your outdoor activities. Today you can buy all kinds of video cameras to capture your adventure moments in the water and underwater. Strel Swimming company specialises in running swimming holidays in several locations across the Mediterranean and part of their trip is also a comprehensive video analysis of your technique in open water.
The Strel Swimming company films you entirely in open water from above the surface and underwater and later they review your stroke in detail on a big screen. For most people this is the highlight of the whole trip and some of them have never seen themselves swimming on a screen before. All guests are also given their video clips to take home as a souvenir.
Would you consider going on a swimming holiday to Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Slovenia or Arizona and being filmed to become better in open water? Have a look below to see how underwater swimming clips look in action!
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Night swimming in the bright nordic summer night. Starting from the Finish shore right after midnight, Finnish hour. You will not only swim over the border between Sweden and Finland, but also cross the Arctic Circle and the time zone. The one that is able to swim the distance in less than 60 minutes will actually cross the finish-line before the day the competition began.
The mass start at 1500 meters is done during daytime. It starts at the Tullbeach north of the Arctic Circle and before reaching the finish-line south of the Arctic Circle you will have swum over the national boarder to Finland. Start and finish at the Swedish shore.
Start och mål på svenska mark.
The 42nd annual Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda in Argentina was cancelled mid-race because the weather conditions became dangerous.
Oncoming storm conditions that could have put the athletes, escorts and spectators at risk made the authorities decide to stop the race.
FINA Insider Tells Bureau ‘Rules Broken’ For UAE To Triple Prize Pot & Scupper Crippen Cup
A senior member of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) has written to the Bureau member who serves as the official liaison between experts and career politicians at the federation to remind him that rules have been broken when it comes to the United Arab Emirates offering triple prize money to entice swimmers to its open water event four years after the death of Fran Crippen there.
The debate over FINA returning Open Water to the UAE so soon after the death of Fran Crippen in October 2010 tipped over into greater controversy his week when it emerged that the UAE, with FINA permission, had increased the prize money for its Marathon Series event next month from US$20,000 to $60,000 even though TOWSC members were told categorically last autumn that there could be no change to the level of financial rewards for each round of the FINA tour until a possible rule change could be voted on in 2016.
read the rest on: http://www.swimvortex.com/
FINA Confirms Open Water Race in UAE Where Fran Crippen Died; Triples Prize Pool
LAUSANNE – FINA has stripped the “to be confirmed” tag from the Abu Dhabi, UAE open water event that is part of its FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup schedule.
The event, scheduled for March 13 just a bit more than four years after the death of Fran Crippen in a FINA open water race in Fujairah, UAE at the age of 26, has already been part of a firestorm of controversy.
Last month when FINA officially released the schedule with a potential UAE stop, USA Swimming engaged in what for all intents and purposes is a boycott of the event.
USA Swimming has been careful regarding the verbiage of a boycott for various reasons. First and foremost, USA Swimming really can’t engage in a boycott of a professional event. If U.S. pro swimmers want to compete somewhere, USA Swimming cannot legally deny them the right to pursue wages. What USA Swimming can and did do, however, is state that it would not be providing any support to anyone going to the competition in the UAE.
read the rest on: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.comFINA10K swimsafetyAfrika
Article written by Jonathan Cowie from the H2Open magazine and about Oceanman series
In a recent blog post we discussed trends in open water swimming. One of those trends was the continuing growth in ‘swim tourism‘. But swim tourism needn’t be an organised trip with boat support and meals and accommodation included; plenty of swimmers are choosing to enter races abroad and travel independently.
Maybe it is the seemingly never-ending British winter that makes an early season swim in sunnier climes so appealing. If you are prepared to travel, New Zealand and Australia offer plenty of possibilities: check out the State Ocean Swim series in New Zealand or the Cerberus Classic in Australia. Closer to home, southern Europe offers plenty of Spring swimming opportunities. The Oceanman is a series of four races in Spain and Italy, culminating in the Oceanman European Championship in Benidorm in October. But the first two races take place in April and May, giving northern Europeans the chance to get an early start to their swimming season.
Jo Chapman of the UK has signed up to the Oceanman Altea on 26 May: “I was attracted to Oceanman because it is early season – I have wintered really well this year and loved the idea of getting a high quality 5km under my belt before the domestic season really kicks in. The locations look stunning, organisers have been incredibly helpful and I can’t wait to get started!”
To date 25% of registrations to the Oceanman Altea and Palamós swims are from international swimmers and the events are already 60% sold out.
The proximity of Spain makes the swims an attractive proposition. “I am travelling out early on Saturday morning and back Monday afternoon,” says Chapman. “This is the beauty of this series – they are close enough to do in a weekend, limiting the impact on training, family and work.”
More information on the Oceanman series: http://oceanman-openwater.com/en/
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I've never known pain like it, says British endurance swimmer as he sets record for most southerly swim ever in temperatures as low as -1.7C
Lewis Pugh broke his own record in the sea off Cape Adare, Antarctica. Needed 50-minute shower just to warm up core body temperature. 45-year-old is completing five swims to raise awareness about Ross Sea
An endurance swimmer who beat the record for the most southerly swim ever in just a pair of Speedos said he has 'never felt pain like it'.
Lewis Pugh swam 500 metres around icebergs and in water temperatures of minus 1.7 degrees on Thursday.
Although he only spent ten minutes in the sea at Cape Adare, Antarctica, the 45-year-old required a 50-minute hot shower to warm up.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk cold_water/winter swimmingAntartica
Jack, 23, Calum, 25, and Robbie Hudson, 27, from Langwathby have taken on the biggest challenge of their lives by attempting to swim the 90mile long river that runs from Mallerstang to Solway Firth.
After finishing his first Ironman triathlon, middle brother Calum was soon restless and searching for things to do.
“I wanted to do something no one had ever done before,” says Calum.
“The Eden flows past the bottom of our garden so I didn't have to look far and after some research verified that it had never been swum in its entirety.local swim(s)Great Britain /UK
.......The previous record was held by a team from Israel for swimming a total distance of 380 kms in 123.2 hrs. To beat this record, the six-member Indian Open Water swim team - The Sea Hawks - set off from Dona Paula in Goa last Friday and were all set to swim a distance of 490 kms along the Konkan coastline and reach Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday in 156 hours. But owing to strong winds and warnings of high tides, the team culminated just short of Gateway of India clocking a total distance of 433.11 kms instead.
The Swimming Federation of India had deputed an independent observer to observe and ratify the record...
On Valentine’s Day, Nejib Belhedi attempted to swim from the island of Kerkennah to Sfax, Tunisia’s second city. It’s a distance of about 18km. For experienced open water swimmers, such a swim is relatively routine, but Nejib wanted to make it harder. He wanted a challenge to justify the description “Iron Swim” so he added in a boat to tow and chose to swim at the coldest time of year.Maraton swimswimmers portraitsAfrika
Women # Athlete Fed. Time 1 Alice FRANCO ITA 2:18.28 2 Pilar GEIJO ARG 2:18:56 3 Fabiana LAMBERTI ITA 2:20:08 4 Esther NUNEZ ESP 2:20:14 5 Nicoletta SIMONAZZI ITA 2:30:41 6 Vicenia NAVARRO VEN 2:32:08 7 Rita GARCIA ARG 2:32:29 8 Thais SANT ANA BRA 2:37:06 Men # Athlete Fed. Time 1 Mario SANZULLO ITA 2:10:41 2 Simone ERCOLI ITA 2:10:44 3 Alexander STUDZINSKI GER 2:11:49 4 Evgennij POP MKD 2:11:50 5 Bertrand VENTURI FRA 2:13:48 6 Edoardo STOCHINO ITA 2:14:05 7 Erwin MALDONADO VEN 2:15:13 8 Damian BLAUM ARG 2:15:24 9 Evangelista MATHEUS BRA 2:17:27 10 Tsvetan YORDANOV BUL 2:18:50 11 Samir BAREL BRA 2:18:59 12 Aleksandar ILIEEVSKY MKD 2:19:20 13 Marcos RODRIGUES BRA 2:22:26 14 Luciano SALES ARG 2:24:09 15 Emanuel BRONDO ARG 2:26:49 16 Mauricio GATICA ARG 2:32:18 17 Fernando CIARAMELLA ARG 2:45:25 FINAMaraton swimAmericas
To this day more than 60% of registrations sold out and keeping up with high numbers of international participants (25% average).
As usual the organizers of the event keep an eye on every detail to make this edition truly memorable. In the light of this, the little ones will get their special treat as well at the Oceanman Altea. What can be better than a bouncy castle service to have a day full of fun and entertainment? This year we're rounding out our open water weekend with a traditional lunch and Valencian paella, a mouthwatering region's signature dish summed up in one word: DELICIOUS!
Oceanman Palamós is not legging behind in details and high standards set by the organization either. Its priviliged location in one of the most awe-inspiring villages on the Costa Brava is a true paradise on Earth. The novelty of this year is the 9.5km race around the Formigues Islands. The list of the weekend's must do's also features a local lunch!
Swimmers competing in the long distance 10km race will be rewarded with a secret trophey. More reasons to become the Oceanman or Oceanwoman of the season!
Last but not least to remind you that the OCEANMAN open water project is the extension of Swim the Costa Brava event born three years ago.
And, of course, our thanks to the sponsoring brands of the project: Arena, Xterra wetsuits, Chillswim , Boyer, Barilla, Nocilla, OXD, Nutriesport, Caixa Altea, Hertz, Pierre & Vacances among other collaborators.
More info available at: www.oceanman.net
Cape Town - Ocean advocate and pioneering swimmer Lewis Pugh is about to embark on five record-breaking swims in the freezing Antarctic Ocean in an effort to help save the Ross Sea from irreversible damage.
The five swims will form the most challenging and dangerous swimming effort ever undertaken by man. With no insulation other than a Speedo swimming costume, Lewis will break the world record for the most southerly swim in three of his five swims. As well as the obvious dangers of subjecting his body to the stresses of sub-zero water, Lewis will be swimming in seas patrolled by killer whales and leopard seals.
Lewis, the UN Patron of the Oceans, is taking on these five swims for one reason – to gain global support for the Ross Sea to become an MPA (Marine Protected Area) that would limit human interference. The Ross Sea is one of the most pristine marine ecosystems on the planet, and home to many species found nowhere else on earth. The historical records trapped in its ice-shelf tell the story of the evolution of our planet. As a result, the area is of huge significance to marine biologists and conservation groups who are determined to protect and learn from this unique stretch of ocean.swimmers portraitsWorld