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X-WATERS Imandra 2022

Ultra! Polar! Yours!

July 5-7
2020

Lake Imandra,
Monchegorsk

Distances:
17 km solo/duet, 1 mile, 1 km

What's the challenge?

In 2022, for the first time in history, we plan to swim across the beautiful Lake Imandra - in its widest part. It will be 17 km from the city embankment of Monchegorsk to the foot of the legendary Khibiny. 17 kilometers of the purest (and rather cold!) water, waves and Kola landscapes are divided into two segments: the first 7 km pass along Moncheguba at a relatively small distance from the coast and under some coastal protection, which can be considered a prelude, because they are followed by really harsh 10 km through the widest part of Bolshaya Imandra, where the lake resembles a freshwater sea. There will be no more coastline seen to the left or to the right, and only in front, stretching across the entire width of the horizon, a monumental mountain range will be waiting for you, growing almost out of the water.

Of course, 17 km, especially these ones, could be a real challenge. For those who want to taste Imandra more lightly, we suggest taking part in an evening swim for 1 km and 1 nautical mile along the renovated Monchegorsk embankment.

The start of the ultramarathon distance is on the night of July 5, approximately at 7 pm, the finish is already next day at 2 am. It will not be dark, because we will swim on a polar day - this experience will definitely become the most unusual and impressive in your swimming collection! Each participant of the ultramarathon will have an individual escort support. A kayak will go next to you, there you can put food and water that you need.

The depth of the largest lake in the Murmansk region reaches 67 meters, and the transparency of the water is 6 meters. This lake is a tricky body of water. It is quite cold; strong winds and serious waves in the open places are hardly an attraction for beach lovers, but it is ideal for a severe endurance test that can become legendary.

Imandra Lake is the largest lake in Russian Lapland and is famous for majestic landscapes that can only be seen here: huge expanses of water, nature scenery against the backdrop of the Khibiny Mountains and the unique phenomenon of "floating lakes"! Due to the refraction effect that occurs in hot, cloudless weather, it seems that the islands are floating on the lake. You need to see it with your own eyes.
IMPORTANT! Please pay attention to the admission requirements for the 17 km swim:

1) For a distance of 17 km, it is necessary to confirm participation in a swim of 10 km or more in open water with a pace of at least 25 min/km.

2) Medical certificate indicating the distance of 17 km from a sports doctor in accordance with the Order of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation dated 23 October 2020 N 1144н, indicating the stage of preparation not lower than "Training stage (stage of sports specialization)" with the following mandatory additional tests:
- ECG at rest;
- echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart);
- stress tests on a bicycle ergometer / treadmill test;
- clinical blood test;
- blood chemistry.


The medical certificate and additional analyzes must be sent to welcome@x-waters.com with the subject line "Admission X-WATERS Imandra 2022" no later than 3 weeks before the swim. After checking, the participant will be sent a confirmation of admission to participate in the swim.

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Participants of the 1 mile swim start from the embankment near the Monument "To the Defenders of the Arctic" and move along the navigation buoys towards Leningradskaya embankment 38, make a U-turn around the buoy and move towards the finish line. Participants move clockwise, passing the buoys on the left side, leaving them on their right. Start and finish are in the same place.

Participants of the 1 km swim start from the beach near Leningradskaya Embankment 38, move along navigation buoys towards the Monument "To the Defenders of the Arctic". Participants move clockwise, passing the buoys on the left side, leaving them on their right.

Participants of the 17 km swim start from the embankment near the Monument "To the Defenders of the Arctic" and move with individual escort towards the village of Imandra. 17 km swim includes a control cutoff at 6 km with a time limit of 3 hours. Participants who have not met this limit will be disqualified from the race and taken back to the start by boat.

Imandra

Imandra is the largest lake in the European Subarctic. In the Arctic, in terms of the size of the water area, only the Finnish Lake Inari can compete with it; they differ by only two or three kilometers in length. Imandra Lake occupies a tectonic fault along the meridian. It amazes everyone who sees it. First of all, its size is fascinating - almost 120 km in length. This is quite a lot for a continental lake, and especially in the North with mostly small water bodies. The shape of its basin is very complex, which corresponds to the complexity of the surrounding relief. The water body consists of several smaller "Imandras", which are isolated but interconnected by straits: Bolshaya Imandra (northern section of the lake), Iokostravskaya (middle section) and Babinskaya (southern section).

The northern part of the water system - Bolshaya Imandra - is elongated in the meridional direction for 55 km. It is the narrowest one - its width does not exceed 16.5 km including bays. The water area of the Bolshaya Imandra is about 328 sq. km. This part of the lake occupies a deep depression, bounded from the east by the Khibiny mountain range, and from the west - by the Monche, Volchya and Chunatundra ranges extending to the Finnish and Norwegian borders. The largest number of islands is also located here - 80 out of 144 known on Imandra.
Imandra is the largest lake in the European Subarctic. In the Arctic, in terms of the size of the water area, only the Finnish Lake Inari can compete with it; they differ by only two or three kilometers in length. Imandra Lake occupies a tectonic fault along the meridian. It amazes everyone who sees it. First of all, its size is fascinating - almost 120 km in length. This is quite a lot for a continental lake, and especially in the North with mostly small water bodies. The shape of its basin is very complex, which corresponds to the complexity of the surrounding relief. The water body consists of several smaller "Imandras", which are isolated but interconnected by straits: Bolshaya Imandra (northern section of the lake), Iokostravskaya (middle section) and Babinskaya (southern section).

The northern part of the water system - Bolshaya Imandra - is elongated in the meridional direction for 55 km. It is the narrowest one - its width does not exceed 16.5 km including bays. The water area of the Bolshaya Imandra is about 328 sq. km. This part of the lake occupies a deep depression, bounded from the east by the Khibiny mountain range, and from the west - by the Monche, Volchya and Chunatundra ranges extending to the Finnish and Norwegian borders. The largest number of islands is also located here - 80 out of 144 known on Imandra.

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