As one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims, the 19 km event held this year on August 6th has taken on the personality of its event director whose nickname can be translated into English as “the man who swims better than he walks.” Mijić explains the background of the event which is beautifully captured in the video below.
“In Serbia, we now have 15 marathon swims per year. When I first started swimming marathons back in 1973, people told me that I was a very crazy man. But now, everything has changed. Marathon swimming is now in the Olympics. I am deeply satisfied in my heart.”
The August 6th race of 19 km down the stream of the river Sava. Each participant and his/her coach is provided with a two days full board accommodation at the local hotel in Šabac. Total prize money is 3600€, equally divided between men and women.
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