Famous Races

Having just completed another Rottnest Channel Swim, I was wondering if there is any similar swim elsewhere. When I say similar, I mean participants (2600total/360 solo), immaculate organisation (from pre race to race day safety - helicopters/boats etc), huge day on the city's calendar (similar to Boston marathon??). I have done a few other marathons, but this one is so well organised, and the buzz on the day is amazing. Would love to find another like this.

evmoBogdanZ

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  • SeanSean Member
    edited March 8

    At Cottesloe (for the rotto swim), there is actually a crowd of hundreds of people watching the solos start before 6am!

    At the finish at Rottnest, the crowd is about 3-4 deep. Cameramen, interviews etc... Its amazing!

    MvGBogdanZ
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited March 8

    RCS is pretty much unparalleled in its combination of distance, quantity of participants, and appealing point-to-point route.

    El Cruce (Mexico) and the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim (Maryland, USA) also have great routes and huge participation, but are somewhat shorter.

    Closest parallel I can think of would be the Travessia 14 Bis in Brazil - 24 km point-to-point with hundreds of participants and no wetsuits.

    For reference, the LongSwimsDB 'Events' page is sorted by # of swims:

    https://db.marathonswimmers.org/events/

    SeanBogdanZ
  • SeanSean Member

    great. thank you vm. will look into these swims!

  • MvGMvG Brussels (BE) and Lith (NL)Charter Member

    I have done the Rottnest Channel Swim twice. Perfectly organised. In spite of the shorter distance and warmer water, I suffered way more than in my EC crossing. Second time I even ended up in the medical tent after finishing.

  • IronMikeIronMike BostonCharter Member

    It doesn't have the numbers you're talking about, but it has immaculate organization, buzz (heard interviews with famous marathoners on the radio in this city), great after party, family-like atmosphere, drones for filming it...

    Yes, I'm talking about Swim the Suck.

    flystorms

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  • BogdanZBogdanZ Bucharest, RomaniaMember

    @MvG said:
    I have done the Rottnest Channel Swim twice. Perfectly organised. In spite of the shorter distance and warmer water, I suffered way more than in my EC crossing. Second time I even ended up in the medical tent after finishing.

    Hi MvG ! How would you compare it to a solo crossing of IJsselmeer?
    This is my next one, following this year's Rottnest and from the info gathered so far, IJsselmeer is full of surprises, from weather perspective.

    KR, Bogdan

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