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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

BCT Gdynia Marathon, New Professional Race In Poland

POLAND. Tomasz Pąchalski, the organizer of BCT Gdynia Marathon (Morski Maraton Pływacki BCT Gdynia) in Poland, announced a new professional marathon swim from the Hel Peninsula to the city of Gdynia in Poland, offering a US$10,000 first prize for both men and women.

The new 18.5K event will take place August 24-26 2012, soon after the 2012 London Olympics. "The BCT Gdynia Marathon is the first of its kind - a major open water swimming event - in Poland for a long time. We would like to invite open water swimmers from all over Europe and other continents as well," explained Tomasz.

"Our priority is safety of our competitor, so we decided to limit the field 35 athletes. The expected temperature of the water is rather low (16-18°C), so it very important to have experienced open water swimmers

Gdynia is a large coastal city in Gdańsk Bay on the south coast of the Baltic Sea. Hel Peninsula is a long 35K sand bar separating the Bay of Puck from the Baltic Sea.

Additional photos of the 2011 race are here.

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