International swim to take place on Putorana plateau

International swim to take place on Putorana plateau

April 27, 2021

For the first time, the stage of the Open Water Swimming World Championship will be held at Lama lake. Participants and spectators will be able to take excursions around Norilsk, Dudinka and the plateau.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Lama, one of the deepest freshwater lakes in Russia, will host the Open Water Swimming World Championship for the first time. The mass swim will take place from 13 to 19 July.

The lake is located about 120-150 kilometers east of Norilsk, it stretches 80 kilometers in length, eight in width, its depths reach 300-600 meters. In terms of area, it occupies the seventh place among the lakes of the Krasnoyarsk region and 40th one among the lakes of Russia.

Lake Lama

The water temperature in Lama rarely rises above +6 degrees Celsius. Swimmers will be able to complete initial training in X-WATERS Plateau Putorana – a special cold camp on the banks of the Lama.

“The stage of the World Championship also includes a tourist program – excursions around Norilsk and Dudinka, trekking and photo routes around the Putorana plateau”, the organizers said.

International swim X-WATERS VOLGA in Nizhny Novgorod. July 2019

The swim is scheduled for July 18th. Athletes can choose four distances: 50 and 100 meters – for swimmers without wetsuits; for 1000 and 1850 meters – for participants in overalls.

Only 30 participants will be tested by the Arctic. Registration is already open.

Recall that the first X-WATERS swim started in 2016 on the Volga river. 400 athletes took part in it. For five years, the project has united 17 thousand swimmers in 15 locations in Russia and abroad.

The X-WATERS Plateau Putorana project is being implemented with the participation of the Norilsk Development Agency and the support of the Nornickel company.

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April 27, 2021

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