For over sixty years, thousands of swimmers have flocked to the shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in the late summertime to participate in Israel’s largest amateur sporting event. Swimming enthusiasts of all ages and athletic backgrounds–both from nearby and abroad–participate in the extremely popular event. The water temperature, which usually hovers around 23 degrees Celsius, couples with the warm September/October weather to make the event incredibly pleasant and enjoyable for all participants.
The event is put on by the Ben Dror Group and is sponsored by Speedo. The organizers set up rubber rafts ever 250 meters to serve as rest stops along the course of the swim.
Swimmers can choose from competitive and popular swim courses. The two courses provide participants with short/long swim options. The competitive course’s short option is 1500 meters, while the long one is 5000 meters. The short popular swim course is also 1500 meters, but the long one is 3500 meters. All courses start at various kibbutzim in the area. However, every course ends on Zemach Beach, where a prize-awarding ceremony is held.
A video recap of the 2013 event:
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Itamar Mor and Adam Schrag 2015