Open water swimming brings 300 swimmers to Douro

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Guilherme Costa Oliveira

After last year’s success, Douro River hosts once again a competition for the Olympic modality of swimming in open water. Around 300 swimmers are expected to attend this second edition of Douro Bridges – Porto & Gaia Open Water, on the last Sunday of September.

Starting from Cais da Ribeira in Porto, next to the slope which grants access to the river and that is located a few metres away from Luís I bridge, at 9:30AM. And the (floating) goal will also be installed in the same place, in the beach contiguous to Douro Marina, in Vila Nova de Gaia. The time limit for athletes to arrive is 11:15AM. The 4k route addresses the categories of Affiliated athletes and Masters.

Organised by the Associação de Natação do Norte de Portugal (ANNP) with the sponsorship of the autarchies of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, the competition is integrated in the 16th Open Water

National Circuit, that takes place in the aegis of the Portuguese Swimming Federation.

Registration to participate is available until September 17th ANNP’s online page.

Debuted last year, Douro Bridges – Porto & Gaia Open Water marks Douro’s comeback to open water swimming, 43 years later. The event succeeded the Travessia do Porto a Nado, created in 1916 and last took place on 1979.