Now, a tradition, in October one of the most desirable sports events for those who like swimming in open-water takes place – The Cross Rio Swim.

A crossing that, as its name indicates runs between the waters of the strait of El Rio, which separates the island of Lanzarote from La Graciosa, and covers a distance of 2.6km between the beach of Playa de Bajo el Risco in Lanzarote and Caleta de Sebo.

It is organized by the Servicio Insular de Deportes del Cabildo de Lanzarote, and this year will be held on October 5th. The scheduled start time is approximately 13.00h, but both the time and the distance as well as cancellation due to adverse weather or tidal conditions, could be amended by the organization, because although the waters are normally calm, the safety of the participants is the priority.

Recorrido de la travesía El Río

Registration began last June 25th, and as has become the norm in recent editions was full within a few days. The trial has limited participation for safety reasons, 675 adults and 50 U18’s aged between 14 and 17, and has a high level of difficulty, therefore the organization recommend being in very good physical shape since the trial lasts about 40 minutes depending on the currents, meaning medical check-ups should be undertaken in advance. See the rules of the trial in this link.

Subscription is now full, but the Servicio Insular de Deportes website has opened a waiting list for thoose who want to sign up in case anybody drops out.

Although this event has not been held every year since 1933, the year of the first edition with 50 participants, it has cemented itself as a big event in the Canary Islands sporting calendar, celebrating its XXVII edition this year, which nobody wants to miss.

See the rules of the trial here