Betony Garner, Press Officer of Communications & Public Affairs for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited provided a variety of fun facts about the Olympic marathon swim at the 2012 London Olympics.

The proper term for the marathon swimming event is the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km in English. The Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km will be held in the Serpentine within Hyde Park, starting at 12 noon GMT on August 9th for the 25 female finalists and August 10th for the 25 male finalists.

The number of ticketed (paid) seats around the finish of the Olympic Marathon Swimming 10km along the shore of the Serpentine in Hyde Park is 3,000. With an estimated 20,000 other spectators milling about the venue in one of the free events at the Olympics, full Olympic security measures will be in place.

Spectators will be able to watch the training sessions of the marathon swimmers and triathletes training in the Serpentine before their actual Olympic races. A schedule will be publicly available closer to the Games.

LOCOG is working closely with the Royal Parks, that owns and manages Hyde Park, to ensure the water quality is as good as it can be in the lead-up to and during the Olympic Games. Although there was a bit of blue-green algae present before the triathlon and marathon swimming test events during the summer of 2011, it was not present during the test events and did not impact either event.

With the attention of the world’s sporting fans zeroed in on London in August 2012, we are absolutely positive that Colin Hill and his LOCOG colleagues responsible for the events in Hyde Park will put on a gold-medal performance in presenting the grandest global stage possible for the Olympic triathletes and marathon swimmers.

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