Big Neva Cup – 2020
February 28 @ 12:00 - March 1 @ 18:00
For winter swimming enthusiasts, it’s the best time and location to sum up their training season by taking part in St. Petersburg Big Neva Open Cup on February 29 – March 1, 2020. Those of you who are active in open water in the summer season but still are worried about swimming in cold water even in the wetsuit have chance to overcome your fear by getting a safe experience of swimming a short distance bareskin in the ice cold water.
We will cut a 25-m pool in the ice of the Neva river. Each of the three lanes of the pool will be equipped with the ladders and turning walls on both ends, per IWSA standards. In the previous years, the night air temperature dropped down to -18°C. To prevent the pool from freezing, we use a special equipment of our own unique design. Expected water temperature +0.4°С, air temperature -12°С.
We will set up heated tents and inflatable modules right on the snowy beach of Peter and Paul fortress. The participants and spectators will be served with hot tea. There will be a mobile sauna and a hot tub for the swimmers’ recovery.
Professional highly equipped rescue divers will provide safety to the swimmers. There will be an ambulance on duty close to the pool side.
The stats, results and photos from the last Big Neva Cup are available here. Speaking briefly, last year we had 212 swimmers from 16 countries. 40% of them were the international swimmers.
We really hope that an electronic visa service promised by the Russian government to be launched for St. Petersburg on October 1, 2019 will make your trip to St. Petersburg even easier and even more affordable. You will enjoy both swimming in the Big Neva Cup and all the great culture St. Petersburg can offer.
- 25 m Butterfly
- 25 m Head Up Breaststroke
- 25 m Freestyle
- 50 m Freestyle
- 100 m Head Up Breaststroke
- 100 m Freestyle
- 200 m Freestyle*
- 4 X 25 m Freestyle Relay
- 4 X 25 m Breaststroke Relay
* only for swimmers from 20 to 65 y.o.,
RulesThe competition is run underThe Rules of All-Russian Winter Swimming Federation. Relay team members must also participate in at least one of the individual races.
The start for 25 m races will be held upstream.
The team winner of 4×25 m freestyle relay traditionally will be awarded with the Big Neva Cup.
The team winner of 4×25 m breaststroke relay will be awarded with a prize from the sponsor.
The winners, 2nd and 3rd place holders in each age group will be awarded with medals and diplomas.
Each participant will receive a certificate and a commemorative dog tag necklace personalised with his/ her name and IWSA ID.
Have questions? Read the registration FAQ.
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