Sporty Snaps: Open Water Swimming

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Every year in our lake, there is this interesting Open Water Swimming event: crossing Lake Como, from Torno to Moltrasio. Here are some black and white photos of this event!

The crossing of Lake Como from Torno to Moltrasio is a non-competitive open water swimming event to raise funds for a charity for disabled children. This event is organized by the Provincial Section of the Italian Sports Center every summer. The swimming distance is 1050 meters, and this year, there was a record number of participants: more than 500 athletes!

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After the registration, the athletes were directed to the pier so they could be transported in groups to the eastern shore of the lake, in the small town of Torno.

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Each athlete received a numbered bag for storing clothes, a towel, along with his personal things.

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A smile before the long swim!

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Even a dog was in attendance to this event!

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After more than an hour, the athletes ready on the steps of the shore for the competition.

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Other boats and canoeists have provided support during the race.

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The best athletes made the crossing in about 20 minutes, while the others took more than an hour.

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As a non-competitive race, there were no official winners. But what’s important is the love for the sport and the unity in friendship and charity!

All photos were taken with a Zorki 6 camera and a Fuji Neopan 1600 film exposed at 1000 ISO and developed in R09 Spezial (Rodinal Special).

written by sirio174 on 2012-08-16 in #lifestyle

One Comment

  1. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Despite the modern looking boats, except for the Sport 13 Whaler, the setting and the light give this series a certain patina of classicism! Congratulations! We have in Costa Rica open water swimming too, albeit in shark and crockodile patrolled waters!

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