I know, when you hear “exotic” you probably think of some of our other remote, tropical races, like: Ocean Swim Fiji, Bali Ocean Swim, Barbados Open Water Festival, SwimJunkie Challenge – Caramoan (Philippines), Race for the Conch (Turks & Caicos), The Santorini Experience (Greece), or The GSS Global Champs in Cancun, Mexico. Or about 100 other GSS races… but I would argue that these 2 new GSS races in Romania actually fit the definition of “exotic” even better!

The dictionary definition of exotic is: “unusual, exciting and interesting, usually because it comes from, or is related to, a distant country.  Foreign and not typically well known.”

How many people do you know that have done an open water race in Romania?!  You probably know a lot more swimmers that have swum in the locations noted above!  So now you can do a truly exotic swim trip.  If you are interested in doing an “unusual, exciting and interesting race in a foreign country”, then this is for you!  What a cool adventure this would be!

The great thing is that these races are also very well run and have a lot of great swimmers participating too.  It really shows you how global open water swimming is.  Our sport is everywhere.  For a lot of swim travellers finding new adventures starts with learning of them, so now you know of 2 great races in Romania… check them out!

  1. Traversarea Tarniței
  • date: July 28-29, 2018
  • location: Cluj-Napoca
  • distances: 1.5k & 6.5k
  • This year will be the 12th year of the race and is held in conjunction with the triathlon, and the 1.5k swim is held on the same date as the triathlon.  The main swimming event is held the next day and is a 6.5k swim of the length of this narrow and spectacular mountain lake.

2. ENDURACE Swimming Marathon

  • date: Aug 19, 2018
  • location: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • distances: 2.5k, 5k, 10k
  • The races are held in the beautiful and scenic Lake Belis, which is between 18-25C at this time of year.  The race is a very professionally run event and is hosted by the Orca Swim and Tri Club.

Open water swimmers like adventure and if you are looking for an amazing trip that is off the beaten path, is also beautiful and well run race, then give these two great races a serious look!  Think Swim outside the box!



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