Descenso a Nado de la Ria de Navia
The Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia (or Navia Estuary Downstream Swim) is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims. It is a multi-race event held annually held in early August on the northern coast of Spain. It is in its 56th edition in 2013. It offers a 5 km men's race, a 3 km women's race, a 1.7 km masters race and a 1.1 km junior race with cash prizes for the men's 5 km and the women's 3 km races of 1000€ for the winner, 700€ for second and 400€ for third. It is also combined on the same weekend as the Copa Asturias (Asturias Cup.
World champion David Meca has won 9 consecutive races and 11 races overall. Two-time Olympic marathon swimmer Francisco Hervas has won 3 races. Olympic marathon swimming bronze medalist Cassandra Patten has also won the 3 km race.
1.1 km, 1.7 km, 3 km, 5 km
City River Navia
Male Record by Christian Reichert 5 km: 35´18´´
Female Record by Nadine Reichert 3 km: 25´51´´
1. First-time swimmers are called Novatas (females) or Novatos (males).
2. Pregonero is an invited guest who also serves as the keynote speaker at the festivities.
3. A Queen (Reina) and Princesses (Dames) are selected to serve as ambassadors of the Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia.
Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil
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