EXCELLENT CONDITIONS FOR PADDLE BOARDING!

The Balaton Cross-Swimming is organized only when the weather conditions are ideal. The water is almost always warm or at least not cold, with small waves or no waves at all, and rain, wind, or storms are not expected on the day of the event.

DATE

July 31., 2021
Reserve days: August 1., 7., 8., 14., 15

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:     Révfülöp, on the football field next to the harbor
The exact location of the start: Révfülöp, Halász u. 7. (football field)
Révfülöp is on the north shore of lake Balaton, along route no. 71.
Route Planner

Site plan

The star of the SUP race will be a few meters from the start of the Balaton Cross-Swimming (5.2 km), on the promenade between the football field and Lake Balaton.

FinishBalatonboglár, Platán Strand (plage)

Site plan

According to our plans, the finish of SUP race will be a few meters from the start of the Balaton Cross-Swimming Half Distance (2.6 km).

PARKING

The information regarding parking will be finalized a few weeks before the event, but most likely the guidance will be similar to the one in 2020 that you can read down below.

In case you arrive by car, in Révfülöp you will be able to park at the places indicated below. We ask that you find and use only the parking lots marked here. Arrive on time at the event, so that you will have enough time to park your car properly.

We kindly ask you to always park your car according to the rules of The Highway Code. Please be mindful and take care of the local environment!

 

In Balatonboglár there will not be any parking lots specifically for the participants.

DISTANCE, COURSE

Distance: 5200 m

  • The distance can only be completed individually, regardless of the type of SUP, and no other person (or animal) may be there.
  • The distance may only be completed on the course between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár. Paddling back from Balatonboglár is strictly forbidden!
    • The designated course will be East (towards Tihany) of the swimmers. Swimmers will be on the right side of the paddle board during the entire time, sometimes even separated by buoys.
  • During the race, participants must proceed to the left of the direction of travel of the buoys (which will be on the right), at a maximum distance of 30 m, and they must pass by the support boats the same way.
  • It is forbidden to proceed within swimming lanes (the area between the buoys and the support boats).

Course:

ENTRY FEES

With early bird registrationFt/fő
standard entry fee (with event T-shirt)10.000 Ft
entry fee with Spuri Gold Card  (with event T-shirt)9.000 Ft
On-site registration (without event T-shirt)10.000 Ft

ATTENTION! The entry fee must be paid in cash with exact change.

The entry fee includes:

  • Participation at the event
  • Secured course
  • A unique cotton T-shirt with a logo for pre-registered participants
  • free one-way boat service on the Balatonboglár-Révfülöp route
  • Medical service
  • Chip timing
  • Finishers pack
  • 21,26 % VAT
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

ENTRY METHODS AND PROCESSES

With early bird registration

from 16th June 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 present it when registering.

With your confirmation form you can immediately head over to the registration tents, where you will be given a yellow 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!

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration on the spot:

Upon arriving to Révfülöp, the football field, please, fill out a registration form.

With 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 31.07.2021, between 8:00-11:45 in Révfülöp, on the soccer field.

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 when handing over the timing wristband.

WRISTBAND PICK-UP AND STEP-BY-STEP INFORMATION ON WHAT TO DO BEFORE GETTING INTO THE WATER

If you arrive in Révfülöp:

  1. If you have not signed up previously for the event, fill out a registration form at the tent situated outside of the start area
  2. Upon entering the paddle board start area, you must meet all the requirements for the race regarding the current regulations for the pandemic
  3. You will be given a wristband that serves for timing and identification at the race office tent after the payment of the entry fee
  4. If you have a package that you would like to send to Balatonboglár or would like to pick up in Révfülöp after the race, drop it off at the appropriate storage tent
  5. Inflate your paddle board and come back to the start area
    1. There will be a makeshift storage within the start area for those arriving with a hard or an already inflated paddle board
  6. Stand in line with the other participants and when it’s your turn, get in the water through the stairs

If you arrive in Balatonboglár:

  1. Find the tent for package storage where you will get a complimentary ticket for the boat going to Révfülöp
    1. Hard or inflated paddle boards cannot be transported on the boat
  2. In Révfülöp, turn right at the pier and go to the soccer field
  3. If you have not signed up previously for the event, fill out a registration form at the tent situated outside of the start area
  4. Upon entering the paddle board start area, you must meet all the requirements for the race regarding the current regulations for the pandemic
  5. You will be given a wristband that serves for timing and identification at the race office tent after the payment of the entry fee
  6. If you have a package that you would like to send to Balatonboglár or would like to pick up in Révfülöp after the race, drop it off at the appropriate storage tent
  7. Inflate your paddle board and come back to the start area
    1. There will be a makeshift storage within the start area for those arriving with a hard or an already inflated paddle board
  8. Stand in line with the other participants and when it’s your turn, get in the water through the stairs

AGE LIMIT

For entrants under the age of 18, a parent/guardian consent form will be required for every participant.

Participants younger than 14 years old can only get into the water with the help of their parents/guardian.

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 9:00-12:00
The race may start 1 hour after the start of the Balaton cross-swimming, therefore it may be changed (it may be earlier or later).
Due to possible changes in the weather, the latest start time may be earlier.

REFRESHMENT, FINISHER PACK, T-SHIRT PICK-UP

There will be water provided before the race.

During the race, participants must provide refreshments for themselves.

Upon arriving at the finish line, participants 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 yellow wristband—that they’ve received at the registration tent—in Balatonboglár, at the T-shirt pickup tent, outside the finish area.

Those who signed up for the race on the spot can purchase the T-shirt for 2500 HUF in Balatonboglár or order it while stocks last.

TIME LIMIT

The race must be started by 12:00., and must be finished by 14:00 at the latest. We ask that those who plan to complete the 5.2 km in more than 2 hours start the race accordingly!

The times specified above may be modified due to possible changes in the weather (times might be earlier). This will be decided after consulting with the authorities.

During the race, there will be different time limits after certain distances. Participants must get to the checkpoints at each kilometer until the time specified below.

Closing times and the checkpoints based on the 12 PM start:
at 2 km:               12:45
at 3 km:               13:10
at 4 km:               13:35

CHANGING ROOM, CLOAKROOM, BAGGAGE STORAGE

You can change in Révfülöp and Balatonboglár in tents near the registration center.
You can drop off your package at:
–          Révfülöp and Balatonboglár: packages that don’t require transportation
–          Révfülöp: those packages too that require transportation to Balatonboglár

Cloakroom opening hours:

In Balatonboglár:
Baggage drop-off: from 5:50 until 10:50
Baggage pick-up: until 16:00

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

 

Baggage drop-off:

It is not allowed to use the package drop-off service for storing rigid or inflated SUP. We ask that you place these sports equipment into the makeshift, guarded storage situated close to the registration tent for the SUP race.

In Révfülöp:
You can only drop off your package after the withdrawal of the wristband that you get after you paid the entry fee.
Packages, which remain on the spot, can be dropped off at the tent where the baggage storage is. After the drop-off, participants get a wristband that has the same number on it as the tag on the package.
Packages can be withdrawn after the race showing the wristband.We recommend this option to those sailing back to Révfülöp after the race.
Only deflated and packed SUPs may be taken on the boat that transports participants. Rigid SUPs cannot be transported on this boat.
Packages, which need to be transported to the opposite shore, can be dropped off at the tent that has the ‘package transport’ sign. After the drop-off, a new number and letter combination are being added to the wristband. Packages can be withdrawn on the opposite shore, in the tent indicated by the letter combination, showing the wristband. We recommend this option to those staying in Balatonboglár after the race.

In Balatonboglár:
Participants who are registered to the race or who are willing to register, can drop off packages. We recommend this option to those arriving in Balatonboglár, then sailing to Révfülöpre for the start.
Only deflated and packed SUPs may be taken on the boat that transports participants. Rigid SUPs cannot be transported on this boat. 

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 race. Staff members will scan the chip at the start and at the finish line to record the 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.

BOAT TRANSPORTATION DURING THE EVENT

Only deflated and packed SUPs may be taken on the boat that transports participants. Rigid SUPs cannot be transported on this boat.

All information regarding the boat transportation will be finalized a few weeks prior to the event, but most likely the guidance will be similar to the one in 2020 that you can read down below.

FROM BALATONBOGLÁR TO RÉVFÜLÖP:

During the 38th Lidl Balaton Cross-Swimming catamarans are operated between Balatonboglár and Révfülöp.
The catamaran service will be continuous. The boat departs as soon as it gets full. The FIRST BOAT from Balatonboglár on the day of the swimming will be at the dock at 7:00 and departs to Révfülöp as soon as it’s full. From Révfülöp it departs again when it’s full, and so on. Boats that transport the swimmers who plan to participate in the race will not run on a schedule—as soon as a boat fills up it departs to Révfülöp.
The LAST BOAT that transport the participants to the start departs from Balatonboglár at 11:00.

FROM RÉVFÜLÖP TO BALATONBOGLÁR:
During the 38th Lidl Balaton Cross-Swimming multiple boats will run between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár. The boat service will be continuous. Boats will transport those accompanying the participants from the northern shore to Balatonboglár.

For the participants of the 5.2 km distance the first one way is free and can be redeemed by showing the wristband received for the swim. Additional tickets may be purchased.
Participants of the half-distance and those accompanying them must purchase tickets for each ride.
We recommend that those friends and family members who intend to use transportation to both directions buy roundtrip tickets beforehand to avoid waiting in line for a long time.
For the boat transportation, the ticket prices of the Balatoni Hajózási Zrt. apply.
Tickets may be purchased at the cashiers of BAHART on the spot.

On the boats, it is mandatory to obey the rules regarding the pandemic.

RACE RESULTS

The results at https://bsieredmenylista.hu/ 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.

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. Between June 16-July 15 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 16-July 30 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 31, on the day of the eventthe 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. Between August 1-August 10 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, RACE RULES
  • Anyone can compete at the race who accepts the terms and conditions of the race.
  • During the entire time of the race, it is mandatory to wear a life jacket, that everybody must provide for themselves.
  • The distance can only be completed individually, regardless of the type of SUP, and no other person (or animal) may be there. The distance may only be completed on the course between Révfülöp and Balatonboglár. Paddling back from Balatonboglár is strictly forbidden!
  • During the race, participants must proceed to the left of the direction of travel of the buoys (which will be on the right), at a maximum distance of 30 m, and they must pass by the support boats the same way
  • It is forbidden to proceed within swimming lanes (the area between the buoys and the support boats).
  • Participants may get help from the staff of Decathlon with inflating their SUP in the start area.
  • It is not allowed to use the services of facilities (cloakroom, dressing room, restrooms, race center) with a rigid or inflated SUP.
    • Before the start, sports equipment may be placed into the makeshift, guarded storage situated close to the SUP race center.
    • We kindly ask every participant to deflate their sports equipment as soon as possible after arriving at the finish in Balatonboglár, or in case of a rigid SUP they must hand it over to a friend or family member, and only after doing so, should they redeem the coupons in the swag bag. Please only use the cloakroom service of the package storage without a SUP. There will not be a storage facility for SUPs on the southern shore.
  • Only deflated and packed SUPs may be taken on the boat that transports participants. Rigid SUPs cannot be transported on this boat.
  • 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.
  • We are not responsible for any valuables during the race!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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