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The history of ISSYK-KUlRACE is just beginning, although there have already been attempts, including successful ones, to swim across the Issyk-Kul. In 2019, we are beginning to help swimmers reach their goal, get over the lake, and everyone within the GRAND SWIM series can swim across Issyk-Kul as part of a team or in an individual format.
Every great lake keeps its secrets, Issyk-Kul was no exception: in 2006, archaeologists who conducted research at the bottom of the reservoir, discovered a civilization unknown to science that was flooded about 2.5 thousand years ago.
Issyk-KulRace Swim is carried out in accordance with the requirements and rules set by the organizers. Rules are based on international regulations. The organizers recommend to pay attention to a number of points that must be observed before the swim and during it. Therefore, we ask you to read carefully the instructions below.
Hydrometeorological description of the swim
The distance between the start and the finish is 45 km as the crow flies.

Issyk-KulRace is held from May to September inclusive. About 80 small tributaries feed the Issyk-Kul, in the west the Chu River flows nearby, which gives it a part of its water in the spring, and the lake does not have drains. The length of the reservoir is 182 km, width - 58 km, and the maximum depth of the lake is 702 m. Therefore, only such giants as Baikal, the Caspian Sea, African Tanganyika and Nyasa are deeper than Issyk-Kul, as well as South American San Martin. The unique moderate maritime climate prevails in the lake. There are no severe frosts and exhausting heat here, in winter the air temperature does not go lower than -2 - -6 degrees, and in the middle of July it remains at the comfortable + 17. The sun shines on the coast of Issyk-Kul for about 2,700 hours a year, for comparison: in Moscow this figure is a thousand hours less.

Weather conditions for the swim are assessed by the organizers using forecasts from several sources and reported to swimmers on the eve of the start.

The organizers select suitable weather for swimmers, depending on their level. Trust the organizers, wait for the "start" command.

There can also be such a weather, in which no swims are held, yachts do not go out to the bay, and normal people do not go outside. In this case, you will have to wait for the weather to get better, which may take several days, or, on the contrary, shift the start a few days ahead until the storm has come. The swim can take a few days, or even a week.

According to weather conditions, the swim can begin (and end) at any time. The organizers want to start swimming after breakfast and finish by dinner, just like you want. Instead, the beginning may take place at lunchtime, and you will have reached the finish only by the night. If this happened, believe that it was better for you. Security first and foremost, and the organizers are pursuing your interests only as the second priority.
Basic Rules of Issyk-KulRace
1. The swim is held in the categories of Solo (1 swimmer), Double Team (relay race, 2 participants), Triple Team (relay race, 3 participants)

2. Options for Issyk-KulRace distances:

2.1 distance of 45 km as the crow flies from the start (42.190489, 76.956855) to the finish (42.599004, 76.930019)
2.2 Double Issyk-KulRace (in two ways)
2.3 Triple Issyk-KulRace (in three ways)

3. It is forbidden to use
- warming ointments
- audio headphones and other playing media.

4. Swim is regarded as successfully completed when the swimmer has reached a natural point on the coast. If, due to weather conditions, touching the coast is not possible, but the distance covered is considered sufficient to count the swim, the escort boat should be touched (it is possible in exceptional cases at the discretion of the organizers).

5. A swimmer (swimmers) must not receive help from the outside, nor should they touch the side of an escort boat or other means of swimming. Remote assistance is allowed, as well as assistance in exceptional cases (boarding a boat in order to avoid imminent danger, such as the closeness of a vessel, a storm, a thunderstorm, lightning, etc.).

6. A swimmer (swimmers) must have a valid medical certificate. This may be a certificate in the form of the organizers, signed by a doctor who must check all the health indicators specified in the form. A certificate, issued in the form of a medical institution with the obligatory specification "certificate for participation in competitions in open water swimming at a distance of 10 km or more", is also applicable.

7. Consumption of any type of stimulants is completely prohibited before and during the swim. In such cases, the completion of the race will not be counted. The use of food additives prepared beforehand by the athlete himself is allowed.

8. The insurance policy must cover the date of the swim. Since due to weather conditions the date may be shifted, and the policy is paid for each day of coverage, we recommend you to arrange the policy either after confirming the start date or for an interval of 2-7 days. If necessary, the organizers will tell you the contacts of the partner insurance company and will take into account the online insurance in paperless form.

The organizers make every effort to ensure that the swim is safe. However, the organizers are not responsible for any accidents happening to the swimmer during participation in the swim, the consequences of any accident will be covered by the insurance of participants.

9. A swimmer or (in the case of a relay race) at least one person from the team (or accompanying person) must speak Russian or English.

10. When overcoming the distance, the captain of the escort boat is the person who makes the final decision about the safety of the swimmer. When solo swimming, it is forbidden to touch the boat from the moment of the starting signal to the final touch of the shore; for team swimming, touching the boat is prohibited for the swimmer in the water between passing of the baton. After touching the shore, the swimmer needs to go to the shore independently and raise the hand up.

11. A swimmer (a team) and all accompanying personnel must have passport and insurance policies with them on board the escort boat.
Registration fee (solo)
1.100 000 russian rubles

2. +40% to the registration fee - the cost for each additional swimmer when participating in one swim if accompanied by one team (no more than 3 participants in one swim). Also applicable to conditions, specified in other paragraphs of the rules.

3. + 60% of the registration fee - the additional cost of each section when swimming in two or three ways (up to 16 hours).

4. To book the date of the swim, the participant must prepay 50% of the registration fee. The remainder must be paid no later than 31 days before the chosen swim date. In case of not paying the remaining part 31 days before the date of the swim, the booking of the date is canceled and the prepayment is not refunded.

5. The registration fee includes the swim time of 16 hours from the moment of start, boat rental, captain work, transfer to the start point, a finisher package in case of successful overcoming of the distance (certificate, map, medal, memorable prize, photo).

6. For each swim hour after 16 hours from the start, the participant will have to make an additional contribution of 10 000 russian rubles per 1 hour.

7. The registration fee does not include food and equipment for the start of the swimmer, insurance.
Registration fee (team, 2 participants)
1. 110 000 russian rubles

Paragraphs 2–7 are equal to those in the "Registration fee (solo)" section.
Registration fee (team, 3 participants)
1. 120 000 russian rubles

Paragraphs 2–7 are equal to those in the "Registration fee (solo)" section.
The lake is located at an altitude of 1609 m above sea level, it is surrounded by mountains covered with snow-capped ridges of the Tien Shan, protecting the water area from the hot breath of deserts.
While traveling to the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, tourists can enjoy untouched nature and see many types of animals and plants from The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Issyk-Kul Biosphere Reserve was established in 1948, and in 1991 UNESCO included it in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Issyk-Kul is mentioned in the ancient Chinese annals dated to the 2nd century B.C., where it is called the "Zhe-Khai" or " Warm Sea".
The exploration of the lake is closely connected with the name of Nikolay Przhevalsky, who was so fascinated by Issyk-Kul, that he bequeathed to be laid to rest on its shore. In October 1888, the traveler's will was executed: 12 km from Karakol, soldiers were digging solid ground for 2 days and buried the researcher in a double coffin, wooden inside and iron outside.
The brackish water of Issyk-Kul is famous for its purity and clarity, and due to the presence of mineral salts it is considered healing. Because of the blueness of its waters in the photo from space, Lake Issyk-Kul looks like a beautiful platinum-framed aquamarine.
The unique moderate maritime climate prevails in the lake. There are no severe frosts and exhausting heat here, in winter the air temperature does not go lower than -2 - -6 degrees, and in the middle of July it remains at the comfortable + 17. The sun shines on the coast of Issyk-Kul for about 2,700 hours a year, for comparison: in Moscow this figure is a thousand hours less.
Modern Issyk-Kul has more than a hundred health resorts, a great place for recreation and beach tourism, a mecca for artists, photographers, and of course, admirers of history and wildlife.