12# Янтарная миля -Amber Miles, Russia

Sunday, 19 July, 2015 (All day)

1851 m

XII International swim in open water, "Amber Mile"

 Competitions included in the official calendar of the MTF

From Russia with Love:

Who would voluntarily undertake a one-way Aeroflot flight via Moscow to Siberia let alone get undressed and swim in icy waters with monthly air in November that dropped to -27’C…?

Now I mean not just dip in like on New Year’s Eve or at a Baptist ceremony- no, what I am saying is equipped with no more than your regular pool bathing suit, cap and goggles, you swim 25, 50, 200, 450 metres and 25m relays surrounded by ice that grows 7cm overnight (only two such nights and the Dutch skate THE famous and notorious Elfstedentocht!) This ice forms so quickly that it needs constant agitating and the whole setting of this event is in a serene virgin white landscape that stretches for miles….and miles…