Nokai Calls On Open Water Swimming

Nokai Calls On Open Water Swimming

Nokia and Human Race are staging the 2-mile Nokia Thames Swim as part of the Nokia Outdoor Series, a selection of events designed to celebrate the great outdoors and enable people to enjoy being active together in some of the UK’s most spectacular locations.

And the River Thames is definitely one of the most iconic stretches of water in the UK.

Human Race founder John Lunt explains, “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. To stage a swim event in a stunning place where you can’t normally swim; together with the support of Hampton Court Palace, the Environmental Agency and Nokia we can offer this amazing opportunity for the first time – in what we expect will become a classic event.”

As part of the Nokia Thames Swim and Nokia Outdoor Series, Nokia will soon launch a website with training tips and videos to help promote the event that finishes at Raven’s Ait, a small island in the Thames south of Kingston Bridge.

For swimmers new to the sport, there will be several key points that emphasize safety: kayakers positioned every 50 meters, waves of 100 swimmers will be set off at 10-minute intervals, swimmers will swim together with the current, the course is never more than 15 meters from the river bank, wetsuits are mandatory and the field is limited to 1,000 swimmers.

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