The Growing Romania Open Water Scene
He serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor and recently announced the establishment of the new Ice Swimming & Open Water Romania Association (isowr.org). He explains, “I put Ice Swimming at the beginning because I want to help Ram Barkai and the International Ice Swimming Association to grow and start more country associations.”
He also started the Romanian Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming challenge which includes one river swim, one lake swim and one sea swim. He says, “This challenge will be exactly like the international swims that I took part in with very qualified Romanian observers. Jacqueline McClelland from the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association helped me with the Association constitution. Tomorrow, she will lead an international observer course for my team.”
Romanian Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
1. Tricule Fortress – Port of Orsova, approximately 40 km in the Danube River
The swim starts at the Cetatea Tricule (meaning Fortress of the Three Towers). This is a castle ruin in Mehedinţi county in Romania and is located about 4 km downstream of the town Svinita in the Romanian- Serbian border over the Danube River. The swim follows the most beautiful places on the Danube River. Danube’s Depressions (Cazanele Dunarii) represent an exquisite 9 km sector of the Danube Gorge, located near Carpathian Mountains’ pass in southern Banat. Cazanele Dunarii, Ciucaru Mare and Ciucaru Mic massifs belong to the Iron Gates Natural Park where visitors can see unique sights such as 2,000-year-old Tabula Traiana memorial plague, ruins of Tricule citadel, Ponicova and Veterani caves and the statue of the last Dacian king Decebal, carved inside the massive rocks. The swim finishes at the Port of Orsova, one of the largest Romanian river ports, located in the city of Orşova.
2. Izvorul Muntelui Lake – approximately 23 km long.
The Lake Izvorul Muntelui, also known as Lake Bicaz, is the largest artificial lake on the interior waters of Romania. It was created after the completion of a dam built on the river Bistrița. The dam is located a few kilometers north of the town of Bicaz. The lake is a tourist destination in the region, especially in summertime, when visitors take the ferryboat from the Bicaz port for a short trip on the lake, and to view Mount Ceahlău on the west shore.
3. Eforie Nord Beach – Mangalia Beach, approximately 30 km in the Black Sea
The swim starts from the beach of Eforie Nord, a town and a holiday resort on the Black Sea shore, in Constanța County, Northern Dobruja, Romania. It is located about 14 km south of Constanța. Techirghiol Lake lies nearby. The swim goes along the shore passing many holiday resorts like Eforie Sud, Costinesti, Olimp, Neptun, Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus and Saturn. The swim finishes at the beach of Mangalia, a city and a port on the coast of the Black Sea in the south-east of Constanța County.
On the ice swimming front, Romania has three official International Ice Swimming Association observers including Georgescu and two other swimmers passed the IISA official observer exam.
It is a discipline that Georgescu knows very well as he set a world record in Hanusse Bay in Antarctica’s 0.0°C water with 22 minute 44 second Zero Ice Mile. He developed a strong Romanian ice swimming national team of 11 athletes who will take part in the upcoming IISA 4th World Championship in Poland in February 2022. He writes, “Romania now has its first female ice swimmer: Beatrice Ologeanu who is a triathlete. My plan is to take our development step-by-step, first with short distances up to 500 meters and then next year to have more Romanian swimmers who will finish an Ice Mile. I also hope swimmers from abroad to come and see the beauty of my country when swimming the Romanian Triple Crown.”
For more information on the Romanian Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, visit https://isowr.org/triple-crown/.
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