Winter swimming contest!
Finland is home to many bizarre but fun contests. There's air guitar, wife carrying, chili eating, phone throwing, swamp football, and in the winter something parhaps a little more normal - ice swimming!
A 25 metre swimming pool is cut into the ice and up to Protected content swim against each other and the clock in various race categories and age groups. There's freestyle, breaststroke, 4 person relay and even a "just jumping in the water" event for the kids.
Warming back up is taken care of by an evening program with food, drink, dancing and karaoke, getting everybody ready for the next day's cold water fun.
So who's up for a road trip and a genuinely different weekend? All you need is your swimming costume, a hat and a "can do" attitude :) It would be great if we could manage a four person relay team for Internations!
The individual race entry fee is €35 until the end of Protected content , rising to €40 in Protected content . Other details such as transport and accomodation we'll figure out later when we have a clear idea of how many people are interested.
We're lucky in that we have plenty of great places to practice, and City and Outdoors regularly runs swimming events where you can introduce yourself to cold water in a safe and controlled environment. So why not give it a go? You'll already be a cold water veteran before the contest, and it's a great story to tell bemused non-Finns at parties. In addition to that it's very good for your health!
Let's get in touch with our inner penguins...
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