Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

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Petar Stoychev has won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean 11 consecutive times
Christine Jennings and Eva Fabian competing at the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean
Early stages of the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean, heading towards Roberval, photo by Lucie Drolet
Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean is a professional and amateur open water swimming competition held in lac St-Jean in Roberval, Québec, Canada. This event has been long considered to be one of the greatest professional marathon swims in history with an excellent organization that focuses on the athletes. The entire community celebrates the exploits and abilities of all of the athletes, from the fastest to the slowest, in the competition usually held in late July.

Each summer since 1955, the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean attracts the world’s elite professional open water swimmers to Roberval and is part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix, an annual professional marathon swimming circuit, and is held in Lac St-Jean.

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean includes open water swimming competitions, outdoor shows, pyro-musical fireworks, a Winners’ Parade, family-oriented activities, and the traditional 'Supper in the Streets' sponsored by Loto-Québec. This is an enormous outdoor banquet bringing together 10,000 people at a table more than a kilometer in length set in the middle of town.

Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean has been honored by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Organisation. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.

Canadian Christine Cossette completed an unprecedented two-way crossing of lac St-Jean in 1985 that led to several years where two-way crossings of lac St-Jean were the norm.

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[edit] Date

28 July 2012

[edit] Location

lac St-Jean in Roberval, Quebec, Canada

[edit] Distance

32 km

[edit] 2012 schedule

21 July: Solo crossing of lac St-Jean (32 km) for amateur swimmers
21 July: 1 - 2 - 5 km Uniprix (Masters and Age Groups)
26 July: FINA 10 km (leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup)
27 July: Rio Tinto Alcan Youth Marathon
28 July: FINA 32 km - 58th Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

[edit] Prize Money

US$40,000

[edit]

Swimming/Natation Canada and organiser La Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean under the direction of Eric Juneau

[edit] Type

Lake

[edit] Event Information

Month: 27 July 2013

Website: www.traversee.qc.ca

Water Temp: under 20°C (68°F)

Class: Pro

Wetsuit: No

[edit] FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix Series sites

The FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix series consists of races in:

[edit] Amateur Open Water Swimming Events

- 1K, 2K and 5K Uniprix competitions (Masters and Age Groups)
- FINA 10KM Marathon Swimming World Cup race
- FINA 32KM Open Water Swimming Grand Prix or la Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean

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