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180628_PM 4. Berliner Flussbad-Pokal

PM ~ The 4th Annual Flussbad Berlin Cup will take place on Sunday July 1, 2018

The 4th Annual Flussbad Berlin Cup will take place this coming Sunday 1 July 2018 at 1pm under the patronage of Senator Katrin Lompscher. 367 swimmers have already registered to take part in the event. So far, all forecasts in terms of weather and water quality are looking great.

The 4th Annual Flussbad Berlin Cup will take place this coming Sunday 1 July 2018 at 1pm under the patronage of Senator Katrin Lompscher. 367 swimmers have already registered to take part in the event. So far, all forecasts in terms of weather and water quality are looking great.

The 4th Flussbad Berlin Cup is set to get underway this coming Sunday 1 July 2018 in the Spree Canal between Bode Museum and Palace Bridge (http://www.flussbad-berlin.de/flussbad-cup-2018). At this year’s event, which will be held once again against the imposing backdrop of Berlin’s famous Museum Island, ambitious swimmers will be the first in the water, all of them competing to win the coveted 2018 Flussbad Pokal (trophy). As soon as they are done, the more recreational swimmers will take to the water to enjoy a leisurely swim through the area that comprises the site of the future Flussbad river swimming project. The Flussbad Cup is organised each year by the non-profit Flussbad Berlin Association and seeks to draw attention to one of the most highly anticipated urban development projects in the capital. The event gives all Berliners, who have signed in the Cup, the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to swim in the heart of their city even before the project is implemented.

Senator Lompscher: "The tremendous energy and vision of everyone involved in the step-by-step realisation of the Flussbad project is what has made it possible to carry out the Flussbad Cup swimming competition another time. I am delighted to be able to accept the patronage for this unique event in 2018."

ITINERARY (subject to change)
1 pm Welcome greeting by Senator Katrin Lompscher at the southern end of Monbijou Bridge
1:30 to 2:30 Start of the swimming competition for the 4th Berlin Flussbad Pokal (multiple heats consisting of mixed groups of men and women), hosted by Nadine Kreutzer
2:45 Award ceremony
3-5:30 pm Recreational swimming (no timekeeping)
6 pm End of the event

ROUTE
1,000 metres between Monbijou Bridge (entry point) and Palace Bridge (buoy turning-point)

COMPETITION
This year’s swimmers competing to win the Flussbad Cup trophy will start in mixed groups of men and women. As of today, 41 women and 82 men have registered to race for the cup. The youngest is 16, the oldest 75 years old.

RECREATIONAL SWIM
As soon as the race is over, the swimming route will be opened up from 3 pm to 5:30 pm to all swimmers registered for the recreational swim. This year’s recreational swimmers will not be assigned starting numbers nor have their swims timed. All participants will receive a personalised certificate of participation. As of today, a total of 244 individuals have registered for the recreational swimming, 133 of which are women and 112 of which are men. Latecomers can still register on the day of the event itself between noon and 5.30 pm. at the Monbijou Bridge.

WATER QUALITY
In general, the quality of the water that makes its way to downtown Berlin via the Spree River is quite high. However, after periods of heavy rain, the water is sometimes subject to overflows and contamination deriving from the mixed sewage system operating in the city’s historic district along the Spree Canal. One of our biggest priorities is to avoid any health risks to our swimmers due to pathogens in the water, and for this reason, the Berliner Wasserbetriebe (Berlin’s waterworks company) will be providing us with all the latest information on possible overflows leading up to the swimming event. Immediately prior to the swim, the water in the race area will also be tested for microbes at multiple times by the Berliner Wasserbetriebe’s specialist laboratory in accordance with the Bathing Water Directive. The results of these tests will be published by the Flussbad Association just before the event as well as on the day of the competition itself; If the city experiences strong rainfalls shortly before the competition, or if the water samples exceed the contamination limits stipulated by the Bathing Water Directive, then we have to cancel the competition at short notice so as to not endanger the swimmers. If this happens, we’ve already designated a substitute date on Sunday, 9 September 2018.

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
The Flussbad Pokal is made possible by funding from the “National Urban Development Projects” programme set up by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing. This programme has sustained the Flussbad project since 2014. We would like to thank our many other generous partners, which include the Berlin Triathlon Union, the Verein Berliner Wasserratten (founded in 1889) and the Landessportbund Berlin e.V. Special thanks also go to the team at the Berliner Wasserbetriebe, who will be providing us with essential information on the water quality in the Spree Canal leading up to the event. Our friends at the THW-Helfervereinigung Neukölln and the Landesverband Berlin der Deutschen Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft will once again take on the responsibility of making sure the route is completely safe for swimmers in advance of the swim. For photos of previous Flussbad Cups, please visit http://www.flussbad-berlin.de/flussbadpokal

We can offer interviews with Tim Edler, the author of the project, between noon and 3 p.m. Please let me know as soon as possible, if you are interested. And please note: For safety regulation reasons, access to the Spree Canal via the stairs next to the Monbijou Bridge will NOT be possible for members of the press.