#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The first Arctic swim Dikson–2021 has started in the northernmost settlement of Russia. Eight athletes from Krasnogorsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Blagoveshchensk, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk and Yakutsk participate in the competition.
On the event opening day, cold swimming fans made a short distance swim – 90 and 100 meters. Then there was a relay swim across the Vega Strait from Dixon Island to the mainland. Participants of the competition will swim 500 meters in a relay race; the total distance will be 3500 meters.
Now the water temperature in the strait is only +8 degrees Celsius.
“For our athletes, this is a working degree. We swim at temperatures ranging from zero to -2 degrees. The team has three Guinness record holders who participated in the Chukotka-Alaska 2013 swim across the Bering Strait”, said Alexander Brylin, the Russian Interregional Cold Swimming Association chairman.
The Arctic swim was timed to coincide with the Russian Polar Aviation 90th anniversary celebration. During official events, a memorial plaque to the USSR hero Mark Shevlev, a polar aviation pilot, was erected on the territory of the Dikson airport.
Earlier we wrote that the stage of the X-WATERS Plateau Putorana World Championship took place on Lama Lake.
Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photo: Taimyr administration press office