Swimmers from nine countries have registered to participate in the Galata – Varna swimming marathon so far. On August 4th, marathon swimmers from Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Turkey, Denmark, England, Netherlands and Moldova will be swimming along the 4-kilometer trail together with our swimmers. This was announced by the organizers of the marathon.

Prize winners in seventy-ninth Galata – Varna swimming marathon share an award fund of 6800 lv. The oldest swimming competition in Bulgaria is a part of the initiative “Varna – European sport city 2019” this year and will be held on 4th of August. The event is supported by the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev.

Organizers of the marathon are the Bulgarian Navy, Varna municipality and PSC “Black Sea”. In the seventy-ninth international swimming marathon “Cape Galata – Pier 2 (Varna)” can take part citizens and guests of Varna from the country and foreign land born in 2007 and older.

For the first time in the 79-years history of the Galata – Varna swimming marathon the start will be given by the beach. That’s how almost every famous marathon in the world starts. The Karantinata beach has been chosen as the starting point. This year the marathon will be held on August 4, Sunday.

According to Chief Judge Villie Tsekov, the start from the Karantinata beach will give absolute equality to the participants, since when starting from water, as it was before, there was no way for swimmers to line up in a straight line.

For the first time in the history of the marathon the participants will be transported to the start not by ships but by buses, which will be done with the exclusive assistance of “City Transport – Varna”Ltd.

Prize winners in seventy-ninth Galata – Varna swimming marathon will share an award fund of 6800 lv. The event is supported by the Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev.

Winners – male and female get money rewards of: 1st place – 1000 lv, 2nd place – 700 lv, 3rd place – 500 lv, 4th place – 400 lv, 5th place – 300 lv, 6th place – 200 lv.

Money rewards get the best: resident of Varna, male and female – 100 lv. This year they get one more big surprise – trip at the expense of Varna municipality to participate in the swimming marathon from 29th of August 2019 to 1st of September 2019 in Dordrecht, Netherlands.

200 lv is the bonus for a disabled swimmer. The same amount of money gets the swimmer who registered the most participations in this marathon.

All, willing to take part in the traditional swim, ought to come on the 4th of August at 6:30 a.m. to the sea port of Varna. It is necessary for participants to carry appropriate bags and sacks with them for their personal belongings.

Registration will last from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.. At 8:30 a.m. the registration stops and the participants who came later won’t be able to take part.

Two Dutchmen from Dordrecht, the Varna sister city,  will participate in the 79th edition of the Galata – Varna International Swimming Marathon. They will swim charity, announced from Varna Municipality.

The idea is the Dordrecht-Varna Twinning Foundation to support the realization of a noble cause – building a canopy in the courtyard of a family-type accommodation center in the village of Topoli. Inhabitants of the house are children with disabilities.

The sports forum will be featured by the editor-in-chief of a famous media from the Country of Tulips – the RTV Dordrecht. The journalist will also make a separate coverage about the charity cause for the help for children with disabilities living in a house – part of the family-type accommodation center in the village of Topoli.

In return, Varna citizens wishing to support the Dordrecht cause for cancer fighting can donate funds to the Dordrecht Varna Twinning Foundation account – NL87 INGB 0007 413037 using the following link:


The two Varna citizens with best times in the Galata-Varna Marathon will have the unique chance to swim in the city swimming marathon of Dordrechton August 31st.

The big summer emotion of Varna – the swimming forum “1000 x 1000” attracts the interest of more and more fans of swimming from Bulgaria and abroad. The interest in the attractive event grows avalanche.

The start of the third edition is on 3-th of August  at 10:00 a.m. on the beach in front of Mr. Baba’s restaurant, and the gathering is two hours earlier at 8.00 a.m.

Dozens of Bulgarian families living and working abroad have planned their holidays so to coincide with the start of “1000 x 1000”. They are flying to Bulgaria two to three days earlier.

Among them are families from London, Munich, Berlin and Brussels, who last summer together with their children took part in the swimming event.

Attractive awards will be given in a random draw to all participants in the  „1000 х 1000“ swimming forum that has been gaining increasing popularity in recent years. As Kristian Dimitrov, the Chief of the Municipal Sports Department announced, the awards will be made available by the Municipality of Varna.

In 2018 the distance was completed by many families from Varna, as well as by talented swimmers from the Bulgarian champion club – PSK „Cherno more“. The swimming challenge was also completed without strain by the grandsons of the Titan in the national marathon swim – Dobri Dinev. Edgar-Antonio, who is currently a coach in his grandfather’s school in Canada, Dorian and Christopher-Dobri, experienced unforgettable summer emotions.

All participants in the swimming event will undergo a compulsory medical examination to be performed by a healthcare team from the Medical Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in Varna.