We are proud to introduce two incredible races to the Global Swim Series. They are the first Italian races to enter GSS, as well as being the 118th & 119th races, in the 32nd country and brings the number of participants in the GSS up to about 79,000 swimmers!
The real bonus is that they are both amazing world-class races! Have a look at the pictures and video… if you like open water swimming (and if you are reading this, we assume you do!)… then you will LOVE these races!
SWIMTHEISLAND – Bergeggi – is a world-class race found in one of the most beautiful areas of Italy. If you like spectacular scenery, gorgeous ocean swimming and one of the best run major swims in the world… then this is for you!
This annual open water swimming event, which has grown to over 3000 participants since it started in 2010, takes place in the Italian region of Liguria. Liguria is one of the richest areas with regards to history and maritime culture. This region is characterized by warm (22-24C) crystal clear water, and a dramatic, rocky coast. It offers swimmers and visitors its stunning views and a chance to enjoying marine and land activities.
SWIMTHEISLAND – Bergeggi is one of the most exciting swimming events in Europe and takes place along a unique stretch of coast: The Marine Protected Area of Bergeggi, where you can find a incredible underwater caves and such spectacular scuba diving points as the “Canalone”, the “Pifferaio” (piper), the Marine Cave of “Punta Predani”.
In the surrounding area you can discover picturesque villages overlooking the sea, characterized by the charm of their history and their seafaring tradition. During the event, you will be able to stay overnight in one of the nearby villages, thanks to special agreements for the event’s participants.
You can choose among the maritime town of Spotorno or Bergeggi (located in front of the namesake wonderful island, on the top of a promontory), and Noli, a medieval village that is part of “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (The Most Beautiful Italian Villages) !
SWIMTHEISLAND has a race for everyone, check out all the distances and races!
SWIMTHEISLAND – Sirmione is equally breathtaking. If you thought that there couldn’t be another race in the same area as spectacular as Bergeggi, you’d be wrong. Sirmione is just as incredible. Not only do swim around another beautiful island, but you also swim by the ruins of a 2,000 year old Roman villa and an Italian castle from the middle ages! This is, of course, all set on a picturesque freshwater lake in the heart of the majestic and rugged mountains of northern Italy. Words fail to describe the beauty.
Then there is the actual event. The race is hosted by the same world-class sports management company that run Bergeggi, which speaks very well of it. Crystal clear, fresh water in the mountains of central Italy. It doesn’t get much more beautiful than that. The race has only been running since 2016, but is already an instant classic and draws swimmers from all over Europe. And as the word gets out, we are sure it will also draw swimmers from all over the world.
Spectacular scenery, world-class events, beautiful swimming… these are certainly a couple of major races that you should have on your bucket list… and then come and swim then and cross them off!