Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Alexandre Dumas wrote an adventure novel in 1844 called The Count of Monte Cristo.

His story of the fictional Edmond Dantès covers his wrongful imprisonment, his escape from jail, his acquisition of fortune, and his revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.

The dramatic swimming escape from the Château d’If on If Island is played out by thousands of swimmers in the annual 1 km, 2 km and 5 km Défi de Monte Cristo (Monte Cristo Challenge) open water swim.

Held in Marseille, France, the popular race that sells out quickly (maximum field limit: 2,500) was established in 1999.

The 2016 Défi de Monte Cristo is is held on June 18th-19th.

The 5 km Défi Monte Cristo with fins is limited to 800 participants; the 1 km Le Défi Junior with and without fins is limited to 350 participants, and the 2.5 km Le Défi Open without fins are held on the first day.

The 5 km Défi Monte Cristo without fins is limited to 800 participants, the 1 km Le Défi Open with and without fins is limited to 350 participants, and the 2.5 km Le Défi Open with fins are held on the second day.

3000€ is awarded to the top male and female winners.



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