Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mass participation Open Water swim to hit London this summer

Hyde Park’s Serpentine pond – the venue for the London 2012 open water marathon swims – will host a new mass-participation swimming festival in September.

Organised by London Marathon Events, Swim Serpentine is a one-mile swim open to the public taking place on 24 September. Like the London Marathon, those keen to compete will be put into a public ballot and drawn at random. 

The public ballot system for entry will close on Friday 13 May. It will cost £39 (US$57, €50) to enter, and 6,000 people are expected to take part. 

The second day of the festival (25 September) will feature the British Open Water Swimming Championships – an elite invitation 5km swim. 
The Hyde Park event follows the inaugural Open Water Swimming Festival, which is being hosted by the ASA in July. It will also incorporate the elite National Open Water Championships as well as a 1,500m mass-participation event. 

Article courtesy of British Swimming