A beautiful, warm-water swim with over 7,000 participants from one shore to the other in the "Hungarian Sea"
Name of Race
38th Lidl Balaton Cross Swimming
Body of Water
Lake Balaton, Hungary
Balaton Átúszás is one of the largest open water swimming competitions in the world and one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims. The 5.2 km event in Lake Balaton is held on 7 July 2012 from the port of Révfülöp to the Platan beach establishment in Balatonboglár. With over 7,000 participants, there are continuous starts from 8 am – 2 pm. A mandatory medical exam is required to participate. Every 20-30 meters, safety personnel on boats guarantee the safety of the competitors. Swimmers return to the start in Révfülöp from the finish in Balatonboglár by ferry boat.
Field is limited to 25 solo swimmers and 18 relay teams that start and finish at Battery Park City. Fields sells out in less than 45 minutes. Race first held in 1927. Substantial surface chop and strong tidal pull are possible. Water temperature varies between 17 – 19°C (64 – 67°F). Course may also include random jetsam and flotsam. A Qualifying Swim must be completed before application will be accepted.