DATE

July 23., 2022
Reserve days: July 24., 30., 31, August 6., 7., 13., 14.

The final date of the event will be announced 2 days before the race (on Thursday at noon), after the approval of the Siófok observartory of Hungarian Meteorological Service and the Balaton Water Police.

LOCATION

Start: Balatonboglár, Platán Strand
The exact location of the start: 8630 Balatonboglár, Szentmihályi u. 1.
Balatonboglár on the southern shore of Lake Balaton can be approached on road 7 and on the M7 motorway.

Route Planner

FinishBalatonboglár, Platán Strand (plage)

Site plan

DISTANCE

Distance: 2600 m

The swimming course starts from Platán beach in Balatonboglár,  at the first 100 m the water is shallow and then suddenly deepens. 200 m from the shore the water depth is already 3 meters.

Swimmers have to turn back at the buoy at 1300 meters and return to the finish at Balatonboglár.

ENTRY FEES

Coming soon…

ENTRY METHODS AND PROCESSES

Early bird registration

from the opening the registration, through  https://uszas.futanet.hu/

Log in to the website with your e-mail address and password, and select a distance. Fill out the registration form, provide your T-shirt size, then click Next, and finalize your registration, or sign up other persons. As a last step of the process, you must click on the “Pay Now” button!

At that time, no actual payment is made, but this step is necessary for a valid registration.

In case you have also put the Lidl Balaton Cross-Swimming swimming cap to your basket, then you have a payment obligation, the price of this cannot be paid on the spot. After the successfully completed transaction a comfirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

In case of a successful registration, a confirmation in .pdf will be sent out to the provided email address(es), which also works as an entry form. Kindly check your spam folder too, as it might happen that the registration confirmation email ends up there.

Print this out, and please obtain the medical certificate and seal authorizing your participation on this confirmation and present it when registering.

(Upon finalization of the entry, we will also accept the medical certificate issued on a separate piece of paper.)

If you don’t have medical certificate authorizing your participation, it can be obtained on the spot which costs 1000 HUF and can be paid in cash.

With your confirmation form and medical certificate you can immediately head over to the registration tents, where you will be given a white wristband that will be used for timing and upon picking up the event T-shirt.

At this point, you must pay the entry free indicated on the registration form. The payment must be made by cash.

Please, note that the registration confirmation cannot be printed out on the spot!

Registration on the spot:

Upon arriving to Balatonboglár, the Platán Beach, please, fill out a registration form.

Besides of this, you will need a medical certificate authorizing your participation. It’s possible to obtain it in advance or on the sport for 1000 HUF.

With this and your registration form head over to the registration tents, where you will be given a red wristband that will be used for timing.

Please, note that event T-shirt is not included the on-site registration fee. It can be purchased at the finish, in Balatonboglár for 2000 HUF while stock lasts.

Finalizing your entry, paying the entry fee, picking up the wristband for timing: On 23.07.2022, between 8:00-11:45 in Balatonboglár, on Platán Beach.

In order to speed up the administration, we recommend to bring the certificate of protection against COVID19 and the accompanying identity document in a photocopy on one sheet, which will be checked upon entering the race center area.

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

Please note that no registration for the event will be confirmed without providing a valid medical certificate issued no earlier than 23 June 2022.

We recommend obtaining the medical certificate in advance. By doing this, you can save time, and you make the organizers’ work much easier. Obtain your medical certificate in advance so that you will be able to avoid the long queues at the medical tent.

You can get the medical certificate on the spot as well (your general health condition must be appropriate for the race) for 1000 HUF which can be paid by cash.

In case the event is postponed, the medical certificates obtained for the original time are also valid for the new date, unless they have been issued before 1 July.

There are no specific parameters or format requirements of the medical certificate obtained in advance, but it must state that there is no contraindication to the practice of the sport.

In case of foreign participants, we accept non-Hungarian medical certificates with signature and official stamp of the doctor.

AGE LIMIT

Participants younger than 18 years old do need a declaration of approval of the parents/guardian.

Participants younger than 14 years old can only get into the water with the help of their parents/guardian. The only exceptions are the certified competitors of the different swimming, water polo, triathlon and pentathlon sports.

All entrants under the age of 18 who do not have a certificate of immunity or are not a certified athlete with a sports medicine approval may only participate at the event under the supervision of a person protected against the coronavirus.

STARTING PERIOD

between 9:00 and 12:00
Due to a possible change in the weather, the closing time of the start may be earlier.

ACCOMPLISHING THE DISTANCE

The first half of the course can be done in a seperate lane next to the full distance lane, then after 1300 m swimmers turn left and reach the finish line along with the field of the full distance.

REFRESHMENT, FINISHER PACK, T-SHIRT PICK-UP

There will be water provided before the race.

On the route, there will be water provided on the escort boats. Glucose will be also available if necessary, but we can provide it in accordance with the recent recommendations to protect against COVID-19.

Upon arriving at the finish line, participants can have a tea, and they also get a finisher pack with goodies from the sponsors.
Some items of the finishers goodie bag (eg coffee, pastry) are offered as a coupon which can be redeemed on-site.

Participants with pre-registration may pick up their T-shirt using the white wristband—that they’ve received at the registration tent—in Balatonboglár, at the T-shirt pickup tent, outside the finish area.

For on-site registrants the T-shirt can be purchased at the finish, in Balatonboglár for 2500 HUF while stock lasts.

TIME LIMIT

Everyone has to start swimming by 12 PM, and has to arrive at the finish line until 3 PM at the latest.

Times may vary depending on the weather (it can be earlier). The organizers will make the final decision after arranging with the authorities.

During the event we set swimming course closing times per kilometer, adjusted to the time limit.

Swimming track closing time calculated with the closing time of the 12-hour start:
at 1.4 km, which is also the 4 km of the full distance: 14:20

CHANGING ROOM, CLOAKROOM, BAGGAGE STORAGE

You can change in Balatonboglár in tents near the registration center.
You can drop off your packages that don’t require transportation

Cloakroom opening hours:

Baggage drop-off: from 7:00 until 11:50
Baggage pick-up: until 16:00

Baggage drop-off:
In Balatonboglár:
Participants who are registered to the race or who are willing to register, can drop off packages.
After the drop-off of the packages which remain on the spot competitors get a wristband that has the same number on it as the tag on the package. Packages can be withdrawn after the swim showing the wristband.

BICYCLE DEPOT

There will be secured bike parking facilities on both shores, but participants need to lock down properly their bikes. Bicycles cannot be transported to the opposite shore.

TIMING

Timing will be done by a chip that is attached to the wristband given to the participants upon the payment of the entry fee. All wristbands are made of a waterproof material, so they won’t be damaged during the swim. Staff members will scan the chip at the start and at the finish line to record the swimming time.

We ask that you take good care of your wristband and do not lose it; otherwise, your time will not be recorded at the event.

RACE RESULTS

You can find the results here, they will get updated continuously as soon as participants cross the finish line. From here, you can download your personalized certificate as well, and you can even share it on Facebook for all of your friends to see.

Results from previous years can be found  here.

LIDL BALATON CROSS SWIMMING SWIM CAP

Purchase a Lidl Balaton Cross-Swimming swim cap for yourself or a friend!

The swim cap is white with logos on both sides. Each of the pictured designs is on either side of the swim cap.

– the material is 100% hypoallergenic silicone
– anti-slip coat that does not pull hair
– maximum elasticity
– unisex, adult size: 22.5 x 19.2 cm

The swim cap can be purchased as follows:

  1. Until 30 June online at uszas.futanet.hu, the cap is under “Products” in the menu.
    The price of the pre-ordered swim cap is 4990 HUF, including the shipping cost. Orders will be fulfilled depending on stock availability, foreseeably from the beginning of July, so most likely—depending on the speed of the postal service—you will be able to wear your new gear while completing the distance.
  2. Between July 1-July 23 online at uszas.futanet.hu,the cap is under “products” in the menu.
    The price of the pre-ordered swim cap is 4990 HUF, including the shipping cost.
    Please note that orders placed during this period might not arrive on time for you to wear it at the race.
  3. On July 23, on the day of the event the swim cap can be purchased in Balatonboglár in the finish area while supplies last. The price of swim caps purchased on the spot is 4490 HUF.
  4. After July 24 or while supplies last at uszas.futanet.hu, the cap is under “Products” in the menu.

The price of the pre-ordered swim cap is 4990 HUF, including shipping. Orders will be fulfilled continuously based on stock availability.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Anyone can compete at the race who accepts the terms and conditions of the race and has a valid medical certificate on the day of the race. The medical certificate must be provided upon withdrawing the wristband.
  • A participant who does not have a preliminary medical certificate are required to take a mandatory medical examination on the spot.
  • A participant who does not follow the exact route signed by the organizer or does not provide accurate information, including emergency contact information, when filling out the event application, can be disqualified.
  • It is forbidden to use / consume alcohol, drugs or other mind-altering substances before and during the event! The organizers may disqualify persons with intoxicated and / or altered state of consciousness.
  • The basic condition for participating in the event is the ablity of swimming and water safety.
  • We are not responsible for any valuables during the race!
  • Any commercial or promotional activity should be permitted by the organizer in advance, in a manner determined by the organizer.
  • The organizer reserves the right to limit the number of participants and close the registration at any time.
  • The organizer reserves the right to change the program and the date of the event.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE DAY OF THE RACE

We’ve collected some very useful advices for you. To check them, please click here. 

The event is supported by the Ministry of Human Capacities, the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the Lake Balaton Development Council.