Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There is one constant on the FINA professional marathon swimming circuit: change.

Races come and races go as the number and locations of the events change from year to year. 2019 will continue that trend.

The 21st Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario in Argentina will serve as the second leg of the six-race 2019 FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series.

The 15 km event – a race around a 2.15 km loop – will return to the FINA professional marathon swimming circuit for the first time since 2014 and will be held on February 9th. The same course will be used in March during the Juegos Suramericanos de Playa (South American Beach Games).

2019 FINA Professional Marathon Swimming Circuit
February 3rd – 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda, Argentina [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
February 9th – 15 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario, Argentina [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
February 16th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Doha, Qatar
May 12th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Seychelles
June 8th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Setúbal Bay, Portugal
June 15th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Balatonfüred, Hungary
July 25th – 10 km Traversee international du Lac St-Jean in Québec, Canada
July 27th – 32 km Traversee international du Lac St-Jean in lac St-Jean, Québec, Canada [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
August 3rd – 10 km Traversee international du Lac Mégantic in lac Mégantic, Québec, Canada

August 24th – 25 km Ohrid Lake Swim Marathon in Macedonia [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
August 28th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Ohrid Lake, Macedonia
August 31st – 20 km Novi Vinodolski in Croatia [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
September 7th – 36 km Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli from Capri to Napoli, Italy [FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series]
September 29th – 10 km FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series race in Qiandao Lake, Chun’an, China

Roberto Tagliabue, Secretary of Sports Development, said, “We are very happy to return as a professional marathon race that will also serve as the site of the South American Beach Games. Two of the six FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series around the world are being held in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Swimmers from the province who achieve the highest placing in the 57 km Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe – Coronda and the Maratón Acuática Internacional Ciudad de Rosario, as we have been doing for several years, will receive the support of the provincial government so they can compete on the rest of the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series circuit.”

Cristián Fredes explained the course, “The start will be at the Balneario La Florida where swimmers must swim 7 loops in a 2,150m circuit in the 15 km race required by FINA as the minimum distance of the FINA UltraMarathon Swim Series circuit.

Registration closes next Monday with Italian, Argentine, Brazilian, Macedonian, Bulgaria, Ecuadorian and Venezuelan, among others, expected to compete.”

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