Friday, June 12, 2009

The Blue Waters Of The Black Sea

The FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup in Bulgaria will be held in the Black Sea in August.

As one of the 13 professional 10K marathon races in Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Bulgaria, France, Denmark, America, Mexico, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and China), the Varna 10K is held in Varna Bay (Odessos), which is also the site of the 69th annual 4K Galata-Varna Swimming Marathon. The 4K Galata-Varna event will be held one week before the FINA 10K World Cup race.

Varna was founded in the 6th century BC and, over the modern era, has hosted 438 international competitions of various sports including a long, proud history of open water swimming events. The Bulgarian’s People Marine Agreement (BPMA) was established in 1923 with the goal of developing Bulgarian swimming. In 1939, the 4K Galata-Varna Swimming Marathon was started with only one break (in 1944 due to World War II) since.

The competition will have an in-the-water start with a water temperature of 24-26°C (75-78°F). Participants must be registered members of their own domestic national governing body (e.g., British Swimming, Swimming Canada). Entry forms can be downloaded from the FINA website or the Varna 10K website. The host hotel is the Hotel Cherno which is a 10-minute walk from the competition venue.

The distribution of the prize money for men and women is as follows:
1st US$2,500
2nd USD$2,000
3rd US$1,500
4th US$1,200
5th US$1,000
6th US$800
7th US$600
8th US$400

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