609 in 2015 and later

648 past in 2015 (updated 17-07-'15)


Crazy swimmers take a dip in ice-cold Arctic water

Teriberka in the Murmansk Region was the place where the 1,852-meter long Arctic swimming event (Arctic Swim) was held in which 53 "really crazy" people took to the waters and needless to say some of them did not manage to make it to the icy finishing line.

1# Crimea swim, Sudak, Ukraine/Russia

Saturday, 20 May, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, 21 May, 2017 (All day)

May 20-21, 2017

Sudak, the Crimea
1 nautical mile, 5 km

American Melissa O'Reilly wins ice swim-off in Russian Arctic race

The Murmansk Mile Sports Festival took place on the shores of Kola Bay in the Russian Arctic on June 27. Participants fought for victory in petanque (a French game involving hollow metal balls), mini-soccer, rugby and sailing, but the most anticipated event was a swim-off across Kola Bay.

The total of 27 men and eight women took part in the swim-off. It is not the first time that many of the swimmers have come to the Mile in search of thrills and chills: the water temperature in different parts of the bay that day ranged from five to nine degrees above zero Celsius (41-48 Fahrenheit)

Kotlin race - St. Petersburg to Kronstadt, Russia

Give yourself a challenge and try your strength out in a swimming distance of 25 kilometres -June to September- from St. Petersburg to Kronstadt. This swim which starts from Russia's northern capital and lies along the waves of Gulf of Finland to the port city located on Kotlin Island. http://kotlinrace.ru/en/index3.html

KOTLINRACE organizers engage in registering procedures making the race possible, as well as managing the associated costs. The organizing team assist in the preparation of necessary documents and include the swimmer in the official list of athletes who have managed to cover the race distance from St. Petersburg to the Kotlin island in a specific category (with / no wetsuit, solo / relayrace, relayrace 2 / 3 / 4) keeping to all the rules.

Kotlin race - St. Petersburg to Kronstadt

12# Янтарная миля -Amber Miles, Russia

Sunday, 19 July, 2015 (All day)

1851 m


XII International swim in open water, "Amber Mile"

 Competitions included in the official calendar of the MTF

From Russia with Love:

Who would voluntarily undertake a one-way Aeroflot flight via Moscow to Siberia let alone get undressed and swim in icy waters with monthly air in November that dropped to -27’C…?

Now I mean not just dip in like on New Year’s Eve or at a Baptist ceremony- no, what I am saying is equipped with no more than your regular pool bathing suit, cap and goggles, you swim 25, 50, 200, 450 metres and 25m relays surrounded by ice that grows 7cm overnight (only two such nights and the Dutch skate THE famous and notorious Elfstedentocht!) This ice forms so quickly that it needs constant agitating and the whole setting of this event is in a serene virgin white landscape that stretches for miles….and miles…