…is a recurrent annual swimming competition, referring to the great tradition of marathons held in the seventies on the Hel-Gdynia route. This year’s marathon will be held between 23 and 25 August 2013. At that time, BCT campus will be set up on the beach, and the race will take place on the day with the best weather and thermal water conditions. Given that the distance of over nineteen kilometres makes the competition one of the toughest in the world, the best swimmers in the world were invited to participate. In addition, three wild cards will be awarded to the less well-known and exceptionally talented Polish contestants. The total prize pool is 28 000 USD.

This year’s edition of BCT GDYNIA MARATHON will consist not only of Hel-Gdynia Marathon, but also of the OPEN Race, in which less-known Polish swimmers and amateurs will be able to participate. Nearly three-kilometre race route will be located along the beach of Gdynia. The qualifications for the participation in the competition are on the ‘first come first served’ basis. We believe that BCT GDYNIA MARATHON 2013 will contribute to the popularisation of long-distance swimming in open water, and for three days the eyes of the world look at the host of this sporting event, the city of Gdynia. Cooperation with WOPR (Volunteer Water Rescue Service) will not only provide safety of the participants, but will also contribute to the promotion of safe bathing. We also hope that the locals and tourists visiting Gdynia at this time will join the party.

The competition was given  the honorary patronage of the Sports Minister Joanna Mucha, President of Gdynia Wojciech Szczurek and the Mayor of Hel Mirosław Wądołowski.
Gdynia – Sunny city with a zest
The shortest description of Gdynia: a city with incredible energy drawn from the potential of the sea and the extraordinary power of satisfied local community showing initiative, optimism and fully justified pride. The well-organised, well-off city of Gdynia is a place where one wants to live, work, study and rest – and take advantage of wonderful nature.
A visitor to Gdynia may easily experience all advantages of that city: beautiful location among forested hills just over the Bay of Gdańsk, beaches, the sea, good roads, ecological and modern public transport, and rich and diverse cultural offer. Gdynia attracts people with its visible dynamism, continuous development, and extraordinary activity of its residents. Perhaps it is not without significance that, as confirmed by scientists, Gdynia is the sunniest city in Poland (1671 sunny hours per year!).
Gdynia is a young vibrant city – also in the area of broadly-understood culture. All year round lovers of various arts may find something worth their attention: significant events of international importance in the sphere of music (Heineken Open’er Festival, Ladies’ Jazz Festival, ‘Globaltica’ World Culture Festival), theatre (Music Theatres Festival, Festival of Contemporary Plays R@PORT), film (Polish Film Festival), documentary (Meetings of Travellers), or literature (literary competitions).
Gdyna, as benefits a port, is a true “gateway to the world”. She supports explorers, is favourable to new trends and is always friendly to newcomers arriving from near and from far away.
You are invited too.



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