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Ice Sevens Challenge

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Locations for ice milers and the Ice Sevens swims around the world, governed and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association
Ice swimming in Murmansk. Photo by Nuala Moore of Ireland
Molly Conroy training at the Conroy Pond for her ice mile at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships. Photo by Paul McCambridge / MAC Visual Media
Nuala Moore doing an ice swim in Russia inside the Arctic Circle
Winter swimming or ice swimming by Ram Barkai in Antarctica

noun - The Ice Sevens Challenge or Ice Sevens is the ice swimming equivalent of the Oceans Seven.

Locations

To achieve the Ice Sevens, a swimmer must complete an ice mile under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) in the following locations. The swims must be ratified or recognized by the International Ice Swimming Association.

o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Europe
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Oceania
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Asia
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in North America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Africa
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in South America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any Polar location at 60º south or below or 70º north or above
o One of the seven Ice Miles must be a documented Zero Ice Mile (defined as a solo mile swim performed at below 1ºC)

Origin

Conceived and developed by Ger Kennedy and Steven Munatones, circa 2016, with the support of and governance by the International Ice Swimming Association, based on the concept of the Seven Summits and Oceans Seven.

Ice Swimming

Ice swimming is a type of open water swimming in a body of water with a frozen crust of ice or snow on the shore, and may be synonymous with winter swimming or Avantouinti in colder countries in water that is 5°C or less.

Ice Miles

As of April 2016, there have been 235 Ice Miles officially completed and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association including 164 in Europe, 4 in Asia, 6 in the Polar regions, 32 in Africa, 27 in North America, 1 in South America, and 1 in Oceania.

Synonym

ICE 7s

Jaimie Monahan Ice Sevens Swims

American ice swimmer Jaimie Monahan of New York completed the first documented Ice Sevens in history with the following Ice Miles:

o #1 in Europe on 2 April 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) in 35 minutes 0 seconds in the sea with 12 km/hr wind speed
o #2 in Asia (Ice Zero Mile) on 18 December 2016 in Tyumen, Russia in -0.03°C water (-31°C wind chill + air) in 30:20 in an ice pool cut into a frozen lake
o #3 in Africa on 13 February 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in 32:18 in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
o #4 within Arctic Circle on 4 March 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C air) in 32:09 in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
o #5 in North America on 9 March 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in 26:16 in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
o #6 in Oceania on 15 May 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand in 2.37°C water (14°C air) in 26:44 in a glacier lake
o #7 in South America on 2 July 2017 in Ushuaia, Argentina in 4.76°C water (5.9°C air) in 29:05 in the Beagle Channel

Ger Kennedy Ice Sevens Swims

1st Ice Mile in Europe in Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland on 24 February 2013, 1 mile in 3.3°C water in 40 minutes in a freshwater glacier lake
2nd Ice Mile in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway (Polar Ice Mile) on 6 March 2017, 1 mile in 2.5°C in 34 minutes 5 seconds in a sea water Norwegian fjord
3rd Ice Mile Zero in Asia in Tyumen, Siberia, Russia on 9 December 2017, 2 km in 0.5°C in 43 minutes 10 seconds in a 25m 3-lane ice pool called the lake of champions
4th Ice Mile in Africa in Lake Ouiouane, Mid-Atlas mountains of Morocco on 6 January 2018, 1 mile in 3.7°C in 37 minutes 10 seconds in a high altitude lake at 1630 meters
5th Ice Mile in North America at M Street Beach, Boston, USA on 22 February 2018, 1 mile in 4.7°C in 32 minutes 15 seconds in the open sea
6th Ice Mile in Oceania in the Thredbo Reservoir, NSW Australia on 1 June 2019, 1 mile in 2.8°C in 38 minutes 2 seconds in a high altitude fresh water lake at 1440 meters
7th Ice Mile in South America will be held in Portillo, Chile on 4 October 2019, 1 mile in 3.9°C in a high-altitude freshwater glacier lake at 2,880 meters

Ice Mile


On 21 April 2019 in Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, Kate Steels-Fryatt completed an Ice Mile, swimming 1.01 miles in 31 minutes 43 seconds in 4.2°C - 4.5°C water, her 5th Ice Sevens swim during her career.

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