The distance between the start and the finish is 20 km at the shortcut.
ValaamRace is held during the period July-August. From the second half of July to the end of August, the water temperature can reach 16-20 degrees, sometimes the water warms up to 21-22 degrees. But in terms of weather, the region is complex and unpredictable. Wind can raise cold water layers, and water may be several degrees lower.
During the swim, there may be head tide due to headwinds, and the speed of the swimmers may decrease. Water for a swim is chosen, as a rule, calm, but quickly coming winds can raise a high wave. Closer to Valaam, the head tide may intensify. 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.
There can also be such a weather, in which no swims are held, yachts do not go out to water area. 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. Dear non-resident participants! Mind that the swim may take a few days. Dear participants from Petersburg! Get ready to ask for a day off at work.
According to weather conditions, the swim can begin (and end) at any time. Security first and foremost, and the organizers are pursuing your interests only as the second priority.