Traversée du Lac Tremblant: All-American USMS Swimmer Ildiko Szeleky's Preferred Cross-training Open Water Event

Traversée du Lac Tremblant: All-American USMS Swimmer Ildiko Szeleky’s Preferred Cross-training Open Water Event

Since its inception in 2018, the Traversée du Lac Tremblant has captured the hearts of open water swimmers from around the world, attracting participants seeking a unique and fulfilling swimming adventure. Ildiko Szeleky, an All-American elite masters swimmer from Massachusetts who finished first among the women in the 5K at the 2022 Traversée du Lac Tremblant, describes the event as one of the best open water events she has ever attended, praising the ideal conditions and exceptional organization. As an elite athlete, Szeleky cherishes the opportunity to cross-train in open water during the summer months.

Lac Tremblant’s natural beauty adds an extra allure to the event. The crystal-clear and gentle waters, maintain a comfortable temperature of approximately 22 degrees in August. Surrounding the lake is the magnificent Mont-Tremblant National Park, spanning a protected territory of 1,500 km2 with 400 lakes. Additionally, the Tremblant village awaits with its array of accommodation options, restaurants, boutiques, spas, and even a casino, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

At the Traversée du Lac Tremblant, safety takes precedence. Over 60 lifeguards are stationed in the water, ensuring the utmost safety and enjoyment for every participant. With their watchful eyes, you can dive into the open waters with confidence, knowing that your well-being is their top priority.

The event offers a range of distances, catering to swimmers of all levels. Choose your challenge from the 1 km Desjardins, 2 km, 3 km, 5 km, 10 km, and the ultimate test, the 15 km ULTRASWIM. If you prefer a team effort, the 15 km Team relay option is also available.

The Courses

1 KM DESJARDINS

The perfect distance to introduce amateurs to open water swimming or to give intermediate and
advanced swimmers the opportunity to set a personal best.

2 KM
You have already done the 1 km swim; now, are you looking for a new challenge? Whether you are an amateur or an experienced swimmer.This distance is also open to young people 12 years of age and older.

3KM
The 3 km meet presents a stimulating challenge for intermediate and advanced swimmers, while offering higher calibre swimmers the opportunity to test their skills.
This distance is also open to young people 14 years of age and older.

5KM
The 5 km distance is the natural progression between its 3 km and 10 km meets. This open-water event offers 3 km swimmers the opportunity to take their sport to the next level, before considering longer distances. It’s perfect for pushing yourself beyond, in a safe setting ‒ and living a thrilling experience too!
The time allotted to cover the distance is 3 hours. A refueling station will be available at kilometer 2.5.
This distance is also open to young people 14 years of age and older.

10KM

As an experienced swimmer looking for a challenge, the 10 km allows you to push your limits while enjoying an ideal environment, both majestic and safe.

To do the 10 km, it is a prerequisite to have already an event of at least 5 km. The distance is in 2 loops of 5 km. The departure is from the Beach and Tennis Club and refueling station is planned at every 2.5 kilometers. The time allow to cover the distance is 5 hours. You may choose to swim with or without a wetsuit.

The event is supervised by a team of 60 marine responders, ensuring a very safe swim.

This distance is also open to young people 14 years of age and older.

15KM ULTRASWIM
Both demanding and exhilarating, the 15 km ULTRASWM is the perfect distance for seasoned swimmers looking for the ultimate experience. The clear waters of Lac Tremblant offer the ideal and safe environment for you to embark on a major challenge, immersed in the nature of the Laurentians.

To participate in the 15 km, you must have already swum an event of at least 8 km. The distance is in 3 loops of 5 km. The departure is from the Beach and Tennis Club and refueling station is planned at every 2.5 kilometers. The time allotted to cover the distance is 6 hours. You may choose to swim with or without a wetsuit.

The event is supervised by a team of 60 marine responders, ensuring a very safe swim.

TEAM 15KM
Would you like to experience the ultimate distance of the Traversée du Lac Tremblant, while sharing this feat with one or more teammate(s)? You can do it! The clear waters of Lac Tremblant, immersed in the Laurentian landscape, offer the ideal and safe environment to embark on this major challenge.

The TEAM 15 km is for groups of two or three swimmers. The distance is in 3 loops of 5 km. If there are three swimmers, each will swim 5 km. The relay will be on the beach of Parc Plage at kilometer 5 and kilometer 10. If there are two swimmers, one will swim 5 km and the other 2 x 5 km (the first and last loop). All swimmers who register for the 15 km team must be able to swim 5 km in less than 2 ¼ hours. A refueling station will be available at every 2.5 kilometers.

The time allotted to cover the entire distance by all swimmers together is 6 hours and 45 minutes (we are obliged to remove swimmers from the water after this time). Swimmers can choose to wear a wetsuit or not. The event is supervised by a team of 60 marine responders, making it a very safe event.

“We are thrilled to host the Traversée du Lac Tremblant swim event for the 5th year and welcome swimmers from all corners of the world to our breathtaking region,” shared the event organizers. “We believe that open water swimming is an immersive experience with nature and oneself, and it’s never too late to embark on this journey. Join us for a swim of a lifetime!” Plus, swimmers can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, with the option of wearing swimsuits.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary event. Whether you’re a seasoned open water swimmer seeking new challenges or a beginner ready to embrace the excitement, the Traversée du Lac Tremblant swim event promises a memorable and inclusive experience for all.

Visit the event website to learn more and secure your spot today.

The Traversée du Lac Tremblant swim event is certified by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA), ensuring that it adheres to the highest international standards of safety, organization, and course accuracy.

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