Over a thousand swimmers will participate in the Winter Swimming World Championship, held in Tallinn, Estonia, at the beginning of March.
Around 1,300 competitors from 35 countries have already signed up for the championship, the organisers said in a statement. The registration for several disciplines is still ongoing, and the organisers are hoping to see about 1,500 swimmers in the water.
Many of the participants are from Estonia’s neighbouring countries of Latvia, Finland and Russia, but people have also registered from Argentina, Chile, Tunisia and the US.
The Winter Swimming World Championship is open for everyone who is looking for challenges and extraordinary experiences. The programme is divided into two pools – one for competitive athletes and the other for winter swimming enthusiasts. A charity relay swim will also take place on the 10 March in which all fellowships and company teams are welcome.
The Winter Swimming World Championship will be held at the Old Harbour Admiralty basin 6-10 March. The programme includes 13 different swims with the shortest being 25 metres (82 feet) and the longest a 450-metre (1,476-foot) marathon.
Cover: Swimmers in the 2017 winter swimming championship in Tallinn (images courtesy of the Winter Swimming World Championship).