There are few sporting events in the world that can boast of such a long, 80-year history as the Galata-Varna marathon.


Ironman Kona is an unique competition in the world of triathlon, but its age is half that of our marathon. We should be proud of Galata – Varna marathon and promote it outside of Bulgaria. These words belong to multiple marathon winner Georgy Polozov. The memories that the most outstanding Bulgarian butterfly swimmer keeps from his participation in the event are wonderful.


The multiple national champion and record holder of Bulgaria in swimming categorically claims, that he would always take part again if possible.


“I always meet a lot of friends there, the atmosphere is incredible – the competitive element always evokes strong emotions in me! Registration for participation is always at the highest level! The registration is perfectly organized! The swim itself, although quite dynamic, is quite easy due to the easy orientation for direction.


Palazov tells an interesting story from the swimming marathon in 2000, when he and Ivan Angelov finished together with the same times. Georgi Palazov has participated in the marathon 7 times and won it several times. He always swims for the sake of a pleasant experience.


He is happy because every time he comes to Varna,
makes new friends. “The atmosphere around the event is great. While we are driving and preparing for the start, there is always someone to tell a joke, someone to advise about tactics, to look at the competitors, to determine who you want to swim with, “, says the participant in the Olympics in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.


Palazov’s students are trying to persuade him to take part in the marathon again this summer, but since the 80th anniversary edition coincides with the national swimming championship for children in the city of Sandanski, he is still considering such a possibility.


“I wish the participants of the Galata – Varna anniversary marathon good health, successful training, and a comfortable and pleasant experience after the competition!” Palazov concluded.