Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac

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The Plivački maraton Jarak-Šabac ("Peace Race"), a professional 19 km marathon swimming event on the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit, is known internationally as the Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim. The event is held in the Sava River and is organized by Vojislav Mijic. The race heads from Jarak (Јарак), a town of 2,200 people, to Šabac and is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

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FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix

The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix includes the Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim as well as professional marathon swims Rosario (Argentina), Santa Fe (Argentina), Hernandarias-Parana (Argentina), Sumidero Canyon (Mexico), Capri-Napoli (Italy), Lac St-Jean (Canada), Sabac (Serbia), Lac Memphremagog (Canada) and Ohrid Lake (Macedonia).

History of the Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim

The Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim (Medunarodni Plivački Maraton) is a great 19 km race in Serbia organized by Vojislav Mijić whose tireless efforts year after year are worthy for a nomination for the 2010 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

The race along the river Sava is 18.88K or the distance between village Jarak in Srem and city of Sabac at the beach “Stari grad”. A marathon run has been held in memory of 'the Blood march when 4,500 Šabac citizens in 1941 were forced under the threat of death to run 22K from Šabac to a German camp in Jarak. Anyone who couldn’t run was shot. Many prisoners survived thanks to people of the village Jarak which gave them water and bread. By helping they risked their own lives.

To show their gratitude, citizens of Šabac built a memorial drinking fountain at the entrance in the village with inscription: 'For love, for brotherhood, for water'. Milorad Rajsic was the pioneer of this race who worked long and hard to create an event that draws international competitors from around the world.

But this history of marathon swimming in Šabac started almost accidentally. A group of young men in 1970 raced each other along Sava’s banks. Their informal race was noticed by students from Homeland club of Šabac. The next year a formal competition was organized. One foreigner, Ate Sikes Frans from Holland, took part giving the marathon an international character. Years passed by and marathon gradually gained significance.

In 1982, the distance was set at 18.8K. In 1987, the local tourist association started to organize the marathon. Then came the years of international sanctions and war, but the marathon continued to exist during 1991 to 1994 and continues to prosper to this day.

Winners of the Jarak-Šabac Marathon Swim

The winners over the course of the history of the event include the following athletes:

1970 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1971 Ate Sikes Franc, Holland, and Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1972 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1973 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1974 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1975 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1976 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1977 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1978 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1979 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1980 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1981 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1982 Marino Šoljan, Yugoslavia
1983 Bojan Jan, Yugoslavia
1984 Mohamed Aly Jassen, Egypt
1985 Horvat Zolt, Hungary
1986 Dariusz Tasarek, Poland
1987 Mihalj Novković, Yugoslavia
1988 Premislav Abramoviscz, Poland
1989 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1990 Nace Majcen, Yugoslavia
1991 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1992 Milorad Rajšić, Yugoslavia
1993 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1994 Vojislav Mijić, Yugoslavia
1995 Zoltan Pavić, Yugoslavia
1996 Tomi Stefanovski, Macedonia
1997 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
1998 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
1999 Tomi Stefanovski, Macedonia
2000 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2001 Miodrag Vasić, Yugoslavia
2002 Nace Majcen, Slovenia
2003 Evgenije Bezrucenko, Russia
2004 Gabriel Chaillou, Argentina
2005 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2006 Anton Sanachev, Russia
2007 Petar Stoychev, Bulgaria
2008 Brendan Capell, Australia
2009 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2010 Rok Kerin, Slovenia
2011 Guillermo Bertola, Argentina

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