Chilling Feats of Endurance: Top Performers at the Woerthersee Swim Ice Event in Austria

Chilling Feats of Endurance: Top Performers at the Woerthersee Swim Ice Event in Austria

The Woerthersee Swim Ice event in Krumpendorf, Austria brought together a passionate community of ice swimmers, both local Carinthians and international professionals, who share a love for swimming in water no warmer than five degrees. With Lake Wörthersee being one of the warmest alpine lakes, the event provided a rare opportunity for swimmers to push themselves to the limits in icy conditions.

Photo courtesy of Fenwick Ridley

The event on February 17-18 2023, which is becoming increasingly popular and international, is just one example of the growing ice swimming community. Swimmers from as far as Ireland traveled to Krumpendorf to compete in long-distance swims in the chilly waters of Lake Wörthersee.

The 36 participants participated in the event with water temperatures at barely 5 degrees. Ger Kennedy was the official observer representing IISA.

Top Performers

Ice Mile:

Nicola Doran – 35:18
Fenwick Ridley – 30:47
Conor O`Connor – 49:56
Deborah Hazeltine – 48:25
Cathrine Pendleton – 38:24
Marion Joffle – 28:24
Joanna Stoke – 38:27
Ger Kennedy – 41:04
Patricia Hefferman – 42:42

2K:
John Curley – 43:22
Samantha Farrow – 40:07

1000 m:
John Curley – 16:04:78
Fenwick Ridley – 15:38:47

IISA validation pending

The lake is not just a winter destination for ice swimmers. In the summer, it hosts the Lake Wörthersee-Swimming Meet, one of the biggest open-water competitions, which invites swimmers from all over the world to come and experience the natural beauty of the region while competing in four different distances.

Woerthersee-Swim-Ice, February 9th – 10th, 2024. Registration here.

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