Hungary's Balaton Cross Swim 2014

  • 14 Jul 2014 9:00 AM
Hungary's Balaton Cross Swim 2014
The Cross-swimming has been postponed again due to the still inconvenient expected weather. The anticipated new date for the event is 19 of July. The pre-registrations are valid for the next date.

The 2014 Pek-Snack Lake Balaton cross swimming competition is planned to take place on Saturday 19 july 2014. By tradition the 5.2-kilometre competition starts at Révfülöp port and finishes at Platan beach in Balatonboglár. Participants are welcome to start swimming anytime between 8 am & 2 pm.

Candidates are requested to register by filling in a registration form and go through a medical examination to qualify for the competition. This can be done from 7 am to 1:30 pm at Révfülöp football field near Révfülöp port (the start). Participants are given a bar coded wrist band for further identification. Cold shower is available at the start. Due to the large number of participants we expect, you are kindly requested to mind your fellow competitors throughout the race, especially when you jump in the water at the start.

The swimming track is marked by small stationary boats every 20-30 metres all across the lake that also ensure the safety of the competitors. When you reach the finishing line at Balatonboglár we scan your bar code and the race is completed. We also offer you refreshment here. Everybody who completes the distance is awarded a T-shirt created for the occasion, and a prize draw follows the competition with gifts, and, in the afternoon, we also provide some entertainment. Medical assistance is available on the beach.

For the day of the competition we run chartered ferries between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár available for anyone against a return ticket. The competition’s bar coded wrist band qualifies you for a free ride back to the start at Révfülöp. We operate a left luggage service at the start where you can store your belongings during the competition. It is also possible to have some clothes transported to the other side of the lake, we provide plastic bags for this purpose, however this has to be kept to a minimum; these plastic bags are available again at the finishing line. Please note that we do not carry & look after valuables (money, telephones, cameras, keys, jewellery, etc.) and cannot be made responsible for any losses.

We tell you the time that you have achieved in the competition and it is also available on the following website:

Please note that any change in the weather forecast can entail the postponement of this event.

Distance: 5,200 metres
Venue & registration Révfülöp football field from 7 am to 1:30 pm (Saturday 19 July 2014)
Medical examination mandatory at registration from 7 am to 1:30 pm
Start: between 8 am & 2 pm
photographs are taken every 5 seconds at the start which can be checked out on (easier if you know your exact start time)
Registration fee: HUF 6,000 incl. the mandatory medical examination & the return ferry
- children (under 14 years of age): HUF 4,000 incl. the mandatory medical examination & the return ferry

Advice for the cross swimming

The necessity and quantity of fat covering your body should be decided one hour before the swimming starts. If the water is warm, (24-25 C) only a little fat should be used. If the water is cold (less than 22 C), more attention has to be paid to the fatting.

Meal:  3 hours before the start the swimmers can have a usual and abundant meal, but it shouldn't be too fatty and spicy.
Style:  During swimming it's not recommended to change your swimming style.


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