FINA sanctions two different open water swimming professional circuits: the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup and the longer FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.

Swimmers head to Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Macedonia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, and China to compete in the most competitive open water races on the planet.

Suntanned and smiling, trained and trim, the friendly group of 20-something-year-olds are bright-eyed, extroverted ambassadors of the sport. In Canada, they are hosted by local families who take extraordinarily good care of them. At each stop on the pro circuit, they meet fans and families, spectators and media. They give interview, sign autographs, and take pictures with the local amateurs. They readily explain their sport and showcase their talents over 2-hour races on the World Cup circuit and over 3-10 hour races on the Grand Prix circuit.

My host families in Québec are such wonderful people,” said Trent Grimsey. “They do so much for us and they are so motivated to make our stay a wonderful experience.”

The swimmers’ schedule at the 35th edition of the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in lac Memphrémagog is typical of what the athletes do before and after a pro marathon race:

July 31st: Welcome reception and dinner with coaches, host families, sponsors, friends and race organizers

August 1st: Press conference, official photo-taking, and meeting and Q&A with the fans (translation in French, English, Spanish and Italian) followed by medical check and the 2 km Sprint race, meal, awards ceremony, and formal public presentation of the swimmers

August 2nd: Technical meeting for the 34 km Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog

August 3rd: 8:00 am start of the Traversée, 4:00 pm awards ceremony, cocktails for swimmers and host families, and public presentation of the swimmers

August 4th: Depart for the next training session and next race on the pro circuit.

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