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X-WATERS VOLGA 2019

Cross the biggest river in Europe!

July 27-28
2019

Nizhny Novgorod
Russia

Distance
1 km, 3 km, 5 km

WHAT'S THE CHALLENGE?

- The largest Russian open water start, more than 1500 participants in 2017 and 2018, a living legend. The first and main child of X-Waters.

- You will cross the longest and deepest river in Europe, "Mother Volga", one of the few rivers that are known all over the world.

- Right in the place of the swim, Volga is joined with another large river ‑ Oka; as a result, that's a large water with variable flow, temperature and a unique character‑.
- The river is different every year and every day‑, participants of every year swam in two completely different Volgas. What it will be in 2019 is impossible to predict. We can be sure just about one thing: you will dive into an unforgettable and unique adventure!

Use Telegram app to chat with other participants https://t.me/xwaters_volga (open from your phone when the app is installed).

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X-Waters Volga 2019 distances: "1 km", "3 km", "5 km"

«1 km»: start from a sandy beach on the Mochalny Peninsula. View of the city center, the Kremlin and the Chkalovskaya staircase. Transfer to the start by the ship. Finish‑ in line of sight. Throughout the course of the swim there is a lateral current, which can be more or less strong (every year is different). The strongest current is ‑ by the end of the distance. The effective length of the distance can be from 1000 to 1500 meters, depending on the current and individual trajectory. Finish is on the embankment near the boat "Geroy".

«3 km»: start from a grass-sandy beach on the left bank of the Volga. View of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the “Nizhny Novgorod” stadium. Transfer to the start by bus. Finish in line of sight and the track is straight. The first two kilometers pass along the current, then the same as the distance of 1 km. Effective length of the distance = 3100 m. Finish is on the embankment near the boat "Geroy".

«5 km»: start from a sandy beach on the right bank of the Volga. River view. Transfer to the start by bus. The distance consists of 2 straight sections with an intermediate control point ON THE SHORE. The first part is ‑crossing the Volga from right to left‑ to the starting point of 3 km distance, then passing the control point on the shore (as close to the water as the shore allows) and then‑ similar to 3 km distance. Effective length of the distance = 5500 m.

Finish is on the embankment near the boat "Geroy".

NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Nizhny Novgorod is an old and very beautiful city 400 km from Moscow. Dozens of flights and railway connections daily.

The city is interesting with monuments of architecture of the XVII-XIX centuries and a unique natural relief with stunning views of the Volga valley.

In Soviet times, a large industrial center, the birthplace of hydrofoil ships, sea skimmers and a hydrogen bomb.

Now, it's a‑ great place to spend a weekend: a lot of clubs and restaurants with half prices compared to Moscow, long waterfront embankments for jogging, worthy museums and the longest in Europe cable car over the river‑ overlooking the X-Waters Volga track. It's enough to come with a support group or with your family!
Nizhny Novgorod is an old and very beautiful city 400 km from Moscow. Dozens of flights and railway connections daily.

The city is interesting with monuments of architecture of the XVII-XIX centuries and a unique natural relief with stunning views of the Volga valley.

In Soviet times, a large industrial center, the birthplace of hydrofoil ships, sea skimmers and a hydrogen bomb.

Now, it's a‑ great place to spend a weekend: a lot of clubs and restaurants with half prices compared to Moscow, long waterfront embankments for jogging, worthy museums and the longest in Europe cable car over the river‑ overlooking the X-Waters Volga track. It's enough to come with a support group or with your family!

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IBIS hotel is located in the center of Nizhny Novgorod. 25 minutes walk to the start camp (10 minutes by taxi), 10 minutes to the historical center and Kremlin, 5 minutes to the pedestrian Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street. Address: M. Gorky street,115. http://ibis-nn.ru

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X-WATERS VOLGA IS YOU!

Bertuğ Coşkun
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Turkey. Two-time Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race winner

I must say that X-Waters Volga 2018 was a perfect race. If you like to compete, if you like to swim in a marathon in the biggest river of Europe, you must definitely swim in the Volga. I must thank X-Waters for organizing such great event and for their warm welcome.
ANNA GRIGORYEVA
SAINT-PETERSBURG
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I do not want to let this summer go for the first time in my life, there were so many emotions that I was sometimes ashamed that they were all mine. Sometimes I think you need to dream of madness. Then, when they happen, nothing surprises you, but you just enjoy the process itself. When I swam the Volga, I really thought that I was an idiot that registered for 5 km, even with the current, it was very adrenaline. The Volga wins in my mind among all starts in 2017 summer. I will remember it for a long time!
ANASTASIA BAYOL
MOSCOW
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This year Volga test was a little more difficult, but we coped, got excellent experience and unforgettable impressions. This is important! Thanks, friends, for an unusual start! Conclusion: Open water is unpredictable and you need to rebuild the strategy of your movement in the water instantly. That's all is just as life: you swim too fast and you can be taken away from the intended goal; unexpected obstacles can blow you out and throw somebody off his stride; chaotically rushing people involve you into the bandwagon effect. All this (and many others) you need to face and be able to overcome.
ALEXANDRA ZAKHAROVA
MOSCOW
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I, cuttlefish, swam across the Volga! :) I almost swam away to the Yenisei. The current was carrying me away, the waves whipped right into my open mouth. 2/3 of the distance I was ideally oriented to the landmarks, at the very end I missed the finish by a few meters and painfully tried to return against the current. I was not afraid, I did not panic. I was just blown away from what was happening :)) 5 km next time? Why not?!:)

AGENDA / VISA SUPPORT / HOW TO GET HERE

27 July

03:00 PM - 09:00 PM Registrations, getting starter packages, EXPO / Meeting near the boat "Geroy"

28 July

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM Registrations, getting starter packages, all day EXPO / Meeting near the boat "Geroy"

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Briefing

12:45 PM - 01:30 PM Departure to 1 km distance start point

01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Departure to 5 km distance start point

01:50 PM - 02:50 PM Departure to 3 km distance start point

02:00 PM Start of 1 km distance swim / Beach of "Mochalny Island"

02:40 PM Start of 5 km distance swim / Beach near the Borsky bridge

03:10 PM Start of 1 km distance swim / Secret Beach

05:00 PM Finish closing / The boat "Geroy"

06:00 PM - 7-00 PM Awarding ceremony - all participants / The boat "Geroy"

* The agenda is now preliminary and can be changed by organizers

VISA SUPPORT

A lot of foreigners need a visa to visit Russia. You can visa request via tour agency but it is more expensive. You may also get it by yourself following our instructions.

There are five steps:
1. Here you can check if a citizen of your country needs a Russian visa.
2. Get the invitation by our official visa partner online usually it costs $25 (depends on your country). If you buy a tour package with registration to the swim, you get it for free.
3. Find the Russian Consulate or Visa application center (such as VFS Global) in your area, here is the list.
4. Collect your documents following the list provided by the Consulate https://visa.kdmid.ru and submit it. The usual Consular fee is €35, and service charge could be about €27 per person.

You can get visa either before or after your registration to the race.
For the first time we promise you to make a refund of the paid entry fee in case of visa refusal.

Feel free to question us.

HOW TO GET HERE

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport STRIGINO with IATA code GOJ is one of the biggest airports in Russia and is a reserve one for the flights to Moscow. The airport is located approximately 25 km from the city. Mainly the airport serves the domestic flights (Moscow, European part of Russia, Ural region, Siberia, Caucasus). Also there are a few regular international flights.

The airport is connected to the city with municipal transport (bus) that is the cheapest way to reach it. But it is recommended to take a taxi. This is easier and not too expensive.

The train station in Nizhny Novgorod is located in the northern part of the city centre, near the Metromost Bridge. It is reachable via the metro. There are several options for train travel to/from Moscow including high speed Sapsan, Strizh, Lastochka trains (3.5-4 hours, RUB1,000-1,700) and slower late night trains (7 hours, from RUB1000). Most trains to/from Moscow arrive to/depart from Moscow's Kursky or Yaroslavsky train stations. There are 2 daily overnight trains to/from Saint Petersburg (15-16 hours, from RUB2000).

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