Pre-registration for the 40th Lidl Cross Swimming began on June 1. Hungary’s legendary swimming festival will take place this year on July 23.
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Lake Balaton is a freshwater lake in the Transdanubian region of Hungary. It is the largest lake in Central Europe, and one of the region’s foremost tourist destinations. One of its iconic programs is the Balaton Cross Swimming, an annual summer sporting event that has become a tradition since 1983. The distance between the two coasts is covered in an average of three hours, with the fastest runners taking around an hour.
It is already a tradition that you can cover the 5.2 km long distance between the port of Révfülöp and the Platán beach of Balatonboglár. In two years there is also the possibility to cover half of the classic route. This route starts in Balatonboglár and ends after one lap at the same place where the swimmers arrive at the southern shore. The swimming technique is free to choose, and everyone whose fitness and health allows it can participate. In 2022, a medical certificate and on-site medical examination will no longer be required for participation. However, the organizers appeal to everyone to make a responsible decision and take care of their condition by consulting their doctor or trainer during the preparation period, if necessary.
In addition to swimming, there is also the possibility to participate in the Balaton Paddle, where you cover the distance on a SUP board.
As usual, besides the floating corridor of sailboats, small boats, and motorboats, the water police and lifeguards will ensure the safety of swimmers.
This year the registration procedure for the Balaton Cross Swimming is changed. When registering, the registration fee must also be paid. At this time the amount will not yet be debited from the account but will be earmarked. The debit will be made only when the date of the swim is fixed.
Sources: 24.hu, website of the Balaton Cross Swimming
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