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The mythical swimming race

The Monte-Cristo challenge

8 juil. 2021 > 11 juil. 2021

The famous swimming race is back with many new features for its 23rd edition:  seven  days rich in sports  performances and discovery ! With one stage in July and another in September, it is the appointement not to be missed !

Published on 10 May 2021

An exceptional event

The”Monte-Cristo” challenge is without context a human adventure, often the challenge of a lifetime for some, an extraordinary sporting experience where surpassing oneself  rhymes with courage and determination. Whether you participate in the race or stand as a spectator, this event in free water promises strong emotions! 18 races are on the program starting from the mythical “Château-d’If” If Castle and the “Degaby” isle, with a finish line on the ‘Plages du Prado’ (Prado beaches). With more than 10,000 participants in 2021 and 70 different nationalities, the “Monté-Cristo” challenge stands out as the biggest free water swimming gathering in Europe.

The program and its different routes

The “Monte-Cristo” challenge is therefore two appointments

  • step one : from the 8th to the 11th of July 2021
  • step two: from the 10th to the 12th of September 2021

Five  different courses are offered starting at the “Château-d’If” If castle or the “Degaby” isle with different distances: 1km, 2km, 2.5km, 3.5km, and 5km. Depending on the level and wishes of each !

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