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Off the top of my head, and with a little help from SportOutdoor24: The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is a good starting point, with its 3.78km ocean swim off the coast of Hawaii You could join the Messina Straight swim, whose linked site (in Italian) says that you must be a licensed athlete to participate The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim also looks promising ...


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The Arctic and Antarctic are challenging places to swim at. It is not expensive to go to Svalbard and the Antarctic is reachable for a reasonable price too. Wim Hof, shown swimming in Iceland here offers courses that will allow you to swim in ice cold conditions for a long time without suffering the usual symptoms. This involves doing hyperventilation ...


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If you want an extreme, quite difficult challenge, why not swim from Europe to Africa? You can swim from Spain (or UK if you start from Gibraltar) to Morocco! Its about 12 miles, but its sea water. Fun fact: big transatlantic ships would need to stop if you want to cross, because "pedestrians" have priority over ships. Nice story to tell your grandchildren ...


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The longest freshwater swim race in North America is the 36-mile Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test on the Red River of the North on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. It's inexpensive and attracts people from all over the country.


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You could do the Rottnest Channel Swim, 20km from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island in Perth, Australia. Beautiful spot, water a nice temp, you might just have to battle a bit of seabreeze and the odd shark. You can enter 2 or 4-person teams as well, and each swimmer has a boat and kayak support crew. Great party on the Island once everyone gets over as ...


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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any info feel free to msg me. The marathon is about ~30km and the best swimmers in the world come to compete. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrid_Swimming_Marathon


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Maybe you could try out this one: http://traversee.qc.ca/en/natation/solo-traversee/ The site is a bit glitched in english, so here's a link to the entry form. It goes from the marker to the star: I don't know if there is an entry price, but places are very limited. Swimmers have boats following them for safety, which is nice. I linked to the "solo" ...


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If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the whole area is generally amazing. The only potential downside is how time-consuming it is to go there. The easiest way ...


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http://www.balaton-atuszas.hu/eng/informaciok this is a 5.2km swim in the biggest lake in Central Europe. Registration is 30 USD. Around 10000 people do this yearly, however very few from abroad, only a few hundred typically. There's a certain bragging right in that :)


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Where I live on the border between Germany and Switzerland there is a big lake, Lake Constance. Well, it's big by our standards. The Rhine runs in one end and out the other end over the Rheinfall, so there is a fair current, and it can be cold, depending on the time of year. Occasionally intrepid people swim all the way along it (63 km, 39 miles) or across....


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If you really want a triathlon, there is the Ultra-Triathlon Napoleon this summer in Corsica (France): A 15 km swim across the "Bouches de Bonifacio" (from Sardinia to Corsica) A 600 km biking race around Corsica A 200 km running race on the GR 20 (cutting a diagonal from South East to North West) All that from August 15 to 19. There are about 50 ...


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The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. The distance is 7.5km and the temperature is typically around 13°C. It takes place in the Southern Hemisphere autumn (around Freedom Day, 27 April) and is open ...


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There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro River in Ukraine - it's 10km, about 4 times the distance of Escape from Alcatraz swim and about 1/3 of the English Channel. Here's the link to the last year's ...


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How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).


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In Monsanto, just next to Lisbon there are a couple of abandoned buildings. Monsanto is a small mountain just next to Lisbon. It's considered the lung of the city and it's covered with pinetrees. Through the years many things were built here and there and than, for some reason abandoned. One is the panoramic restaurant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...



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