Since 1955, the city of Roberval in Quebec, Canada has been the hospitable and generous host of the annual 32K Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean, the world's most prestigious marathon swim, at the end of July. In the world of marathon swimming, the organizing committee has been a world leader in terms of its organization and professionalism.
The hospitality of the host city and the safety and support given to the swimmers are just a few of the outstanding elements of this world-class marathon swim.
The Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean organization is hosting the 6th FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships (Championnats du monde de nage en eau libre FINA) that will be held in lac St-Jean, lac St-Jean between July 15-23. The local organizing committee has unparalleled experience to host a wonderfully competitive event.
Based on its 55-year experience in hosting the Traversee internationale du lac St-Jean, the 1992 FINA 25K Open Water Swimming World Cup, the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix races since 1998 and the FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cups since 200, we expect a magically entertaining and extraordinarily competitive world championship. The organizing committee was also the first to utilize an open water GPS system to track the swimmers throughout the race (see yellow boxes on the swimmers' boats in the photo above).
Roberval is a pictureque town of 11,000 citizens about 500 kilometers north of Montreal on the shores of lac St-Jean with a warm, hospitable small-town ambience. Athletes, coaches and staff from around the world will arrive via two international airports: the Pierre-Elliot-Trudeau (YUL) in Montreal and Jean-Lesage (YQB) in Quebec.
Bagotville (YBG) is a local airport situated only five minutes from the competition venue. To accommodate the international visitors, the organizing committee will offer a shuttle service between the airports, including the Montreal airport, and the competition site.
Lac St-Jean is a large fresh-water lake with a surface area over 1,000 square kilometers where the average water temperature can range between 16-19°C (61-66°F) in July. The 5K, 10K and 25K courses at the World Championships will be near the shores of Roberval where the 2.5K loops will be visible to the thousands of spectators who annually flock to cheer on the world's fastest marathon swimmers.
Photos courtesy of the organizing committee.