Preparation for Le Defi de Monte-Cristo

Escape from Chateau d'If
Maxim Lobanovszkij
Rinat Mustafin
Natalia Pankina
Mohammed Elsaber
Mary Joy Alcantara
Exon Anonuevo Sayo
Race date
May 31 to June 2,2024
Race location
Marseille, France
What kind of event is this?

🏰 “Escape from the Chateau d’If” or “Le Defi de Monte-Cristo” is a swimming competition created in 1999. Organizers, inspired by the legendary escape of the hero of Dumas’s novel The Count of Monte Cristo, created one of the largest events for swimmers around the world. Every year, several thousand athletes come to Marseille to repeat the feat of Edmond Dantes and swim from the Chateau d’If to the shore.

The swim takes place every year at the end of May beginning of June at distances of 5 km, 2.5 km and 1 km - suitable for both amateurs and professionals.

The competition takes place over two days:

1️⃣ On the first day, participants in the 5 km swim with fins will start.

2️⃣ On the second day, participants in the 1 km, 2.5 km and 5 km swims without fins. The 1 km and 2.5 km races start and finish in the same place - Village Monte Cristo.

✔️ The course is laid out in a clockwise loop: the 5 km race starts from the Château d'If and ends at the Village Monte Cristo. There is no time limit for the 5 km swim, but after 2.5 hours the boat begins to control the swimmers; perhaps the rescuers will ask you to finish, since it is dangerous to stay in the water for too long.

✔️ During the swim itself, boats and kayaks float around the swimmers all the time, indicating the direction if someone gets lost. The distance is conventionally divided into three segments: from the Chateau d'If to the shore, then to the right along the shore to the pre-finish buoy, then you need to go around the buoy, turn around and swim to the finish line, from the buoy there are 300 meters left.

How to get there? 🧐
There are several options for getting from the center of Marseille to the beach: take the metro 🚝 to the Rond point du Prado station, then take the bus towards the sea and get off at the Statue of David; OR by bus No. 83 🚌, which departs from the Old Port. After arriving at the beach, swimmers travel to Chateau d'If by boats that depart from Village Monte Cristo.
What do you need to do to get to the swim? 😁
First, you need to learn to swim. If you start doing this right now, then there is a chance of swimming your 1 km, 2.5 km or 5 km next year. You can learn to swim in open water at our swimming school. Secondly, register for the swim. You can register on the swim website 👉🏼 Registration opens on October 11.
What to take with you for a swim? 🎒
Wetsuit; disposable medical gloves; sunscreen (SPF 50); glasses; medical certificate; vaseline and bodyglide; documents confirming the purchase of the slot; towel; buoy; sports insurance; starter package; bottle of water 💦
Start day 🥳
Start is also called a “washing machine”. Everyone jumps from the shore at Chateau d'If and can knock off their glasses or accidentally hit them on the head. Later, people gather in groups, and it becomes freer. Be careful and do not offend other participants 🏊🏼‍♀️🏊🏾🏊🏻‍♂️
Life hack 😉
Life hack for those who are afraid to jump from the shore: on the side of the shore there are two ladders for descending into the water. You need to go into the water in advance, swim to the starting point and start from there 🤫
Preparation for Le Defi de Monte-Cristo
Escape from Chateau d'If
The 1st European Swimming Event and it's jubilee 25th edition next year;
Over 5000 swimmers from 60 countries participating;
10 swimming events (up to 6km) during 3 days so each of us can do a few races;
Kids of 12 yo and above can take part too;
Allow to use fins giving the chance to swim faster;
Entry fees are very affordable (max 60 euro).
Race date
May 31 to June 2,2024
Race location
Marseille, France