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Friday, March 30, 2018

2018 Japan Open Water Swimming Circuit Series

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

With the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, there will be an increasing attention on open water swimming for the remainder of the quadrennial in Japan. The Japan Swimming Federation organizes the 2018 Open Water Swimming Circuit Series*, a 14-race series throughout Japan:

Race 1: 5 km Shizuoka Ocha Open Water Swimming Race on June 3rd at Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Race 2: 5 km Nakaumi Open Water Swimming on June 24th at Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture

Race 3: 5 km Fifth Annual Nanki Tanabe・Ogigahama Open Water Swimming on June 24th at Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture

Race 4: 5 km Akune Open Water Swimming on July 1st at Akune City, Kagoshima Prefecture

Race 5: 5 km Sixth Annual World Heritage Yakushima Open Water Swimming on July 7th at Yakushima Village, Kagoshima Prefecture

Race 6: 5 km 22nd Annual Tateyama Open Water Swimming Festival on July 15th-16th at Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture

Race 7: 5 km Open Water Swimming Mie Open Owase on July 29th at Owase City, Mie Prefecture

Race 8: 5 km Sado Open Water Swimming on August 5th at Sado City, Niigata Prefecture

Race 9: 5 km Kamaishi Open Water Swimming Nebama on August 5th at Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture

Race 10: 5 km Fifth Annual Biwako・Nagahama Open Water Swimming on August 19th at Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture

Race 11: 3.2 km 12th Annual Himeji Ieshima Open Water Swimming on August 25th-26th in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture

Race 12: 800m, 2.5 km, 10 km 15th Annual Shonan Open Water Swimming on September 1st-2nd at Zushi City ・Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Race 13: 5 km Setouchi Open Water Swimming in Shibukawa on September 30th at Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture

Race 14: 5 km Susaki Open Water Swimming on October 21st in Susaki City, Kochi Prefecture

For more information in Japanese, visit here.

There will be dozens of other open water competitions in Japan including the following major international selection races:

5 km, 7.5 km and 10 km OWS Oceans Cup 2018 on June 2nd on Hojo Coast in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture runs concurrently with the 13th annual Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Japanese Selection Race and 4th annual FINA Junior Open Water Swimming World Championships Japanese Selection Race

5 km 73rd annual National Sports Festival Swimming Competition on September 12th in Wakaso Village, Fukui Prefecture

10 km 94th annual Japanese National Swimming Championships on September 23rd on Hojo Coast in Tateyama City, Chiba Prefecture run concurrently with the 18th annual FINA World Championships Japanese Selection Race and the 2019 Australian National Open Water Swimming Championships Japanese Selection Race

To register at these events, visit here. Of course, many of the world's fastest open water swimmers will compete in the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships 10 km marathon swim. It will be held in Tokyo's Odaiba Marine Park on August 13th, the same location for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 10K Marathon Swim. The men will start the 8-loop 1.25 km course at 7:30 am with the women starting 2 minutes later.

World Heritage Yakushima Open Water Swim

* In Japanese (2018 OWS大会一覧):

*第11戦:第12回ひめじ家島OWS 2018、8月25日/26日、兵庫県姫路市、3.2km他
*第13戦:せとうちOWS2018 in 渋川、9月30日、岡山県玉野市、5km他
*OWSオーシャンズカップ2018、6月2日、千葉県館山市館山市北条海岸、5 km・7.5 km ・10 km
*第73回国民体育大会水泳競技大会、9月12日、福井県若狭町若狭町食味海岸特設会場、5 km
*第94回日本選手権水泳競技大会、9月23日、千葉県館山市北条海岸、10 km

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