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Spectacular event to be held on February 16 in the Corniche waters; Doha Open Water Challenge to take place on February 15

Doha (QAT), 27.01.2019: The FINA Marathon Swim World Series Doha (QAT) 2019 is set to be held next month, with leading long-distance swimmers from around the globe, gearing up to return for the 10km race in the turquoise waters of Doha’s picturesque Corniche on February 16.

Doha will be the first city to host the FINA Marathon Swim World Series 2019, involving a total of 8 stops, followed by cities with some of the world’s most scenic waterways. This includes Seychelles (SEY), Setubal (POR), Balatonfured (HUN), Lac St. Jean (CAN), Lac Megantic (CAN), Ohrid (Macedonia) and Chun'An (CHN).

A day before the highly-anticipated event, Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) will also organise the Doha Open Water Challenge in the Corniche waters, which turned out to be a huge success last year.

The FINA Marathon Swim World Series Doha (QAT) 2019 is receiving a massive response from swimmers from all over the world, and with almost a couple of weeks left in the deadline to confirm participation, over 100 swimmers including top names from several countries have already signed up for the first meet.

Top swimmers who have confirmed their participation include 2016 Rio Olympic gold medalist in the 10 km Open Water Marathon, Sharon Van Rouwendaal (NED), who also won in Doha last year.

Van Rouwendaal will compete alongside the 2015 and 2016 champion in the series, and a Rio Olympic Silver Medalist Rachele Bruni (ITA). Italian swimmer Arianna Bridi, the 2018 European Aquatics Championships Gold Medalist in the 25 km open water, will also be competing in the race.

In the men’s field, overall winner in 2016 and in the following year, Simone Ruffini (ITA) has confirmed his participation along with Gregorio Paltrinieri, who has several world and European records. Kazan 2015 gold medalist, Jordan Matthew Wilimovsky (USA) will also be seen in action.

Ana Marcela Cunha (BRA) and Ferry Weertman (NED) – the 2018 overall winners, are also expected to feature in the series-opening race. Weertman clinched the men’s title in FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series Doha (QAT) 2018.

Doha Open Water Challenge on February 15

The Doha Open Water Challenge, which will take place on February 15, is open to everyone over the age of 11 years old.

The registration has already started and it is receiving an overwhelming response from the Qatari residents. The participants will be able to swim the same course in which the Olympic and World stars will compete in.

The Qatari athletes will also be able to enjoy the unique experience as they will be using the same facilities and full services as the elite athletes, allowing everyone to be a world-class athlete for the day.

The Open Water Challenge consists of three age group categories and different distances: 400m for boys and girls aged 11-14, 800m for boys and girls aged 15-17, and 1,200m for boys and girls aged 18 and over.

Entries and registration is accepted either through e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the Qatar Swimming Association offices on the 7th floor (Olympic Tower in West Bay) from 9:00am – 12:00pm or 5:00pm – 7:00pm till February 13, 2019.

Qatar Swimming Association (QSA) has the honor and pleasure to invite you to participate at the Doha Open Water Challenge in Doha Corniche (Orry statue) on February 15, 2019. 

The following information has been prepared in order to assist you in your decision to attend this event.

ENTRY FORM (PDF)

Doha 2019 Open Water Challenge Entry Form

EVENT CONTACT

Should you have any questions or queries regarding the information provided in this document please feel free to contact Qatar Swimming Association (QSA). 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EVENT KEY DATES 

Participant’s needs to consider the below important dates. 

January  01, 2019 to February 13, 2019         Entry by Name & Declaration Form Details   ( OPEN )

February 15, 2019                                              Race Registration & Technical Brief (@ competition venue /time tbc)  

February 15, 2019                                              Race & Medal Ceremonies (time tbc) 

 

PARTICIPANTS 

Doha Open Water Challenge competition is open to everyone wishing to participate, meeting (a) the entries eligibility (older than 11 years old) and (b) the Event Declaration form requirements.

ENTRY PROCESS & CATEGORIES 

Registration and entries will be accepted (a) through mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (b) at the QSA Offices (Qatar Olympic Committee Tower, West Bay – Corniche, 7th Floor from 09:00 – 12:00 & 17:00 – 19:00) Secretariat Office. Participants needs to submit both the Entry & Declaration Forms, and to provide a color passport photo.

Doha Open Water Challenge participation categories are:

                 Group A                                    Boys & Girls between 11-14 years old, 400m distance 

                 Group B                                    Boys & Girls between 15-17 years old, 800m distance  

                 Group C                                    OPEN (Boys & Girls, 18 years old & above), 1200m distance 

Start lists will be available one day earlier (February 14, 2019) on the QSA website.

(https://www.qatarswimming.com). Results will be available at the QSA website

Results for the OPEN group will be in age categories such as 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-95, 95- 

Doha Open Water Challenge participants should attend the Race Technical briefing that will take place 90minutes prior to the race start at the venue briefing area. Venue signage will guide you to the location. A Roll Call of every Group participants will take place along with presentation of the Race Start /Finish procedures, along with the Safety & Medical provisions. 

Participants fail to attend; on time the Technical Briefing Roll Call, will be automatically disqualified. The exact time of the meeting will be announced through the QSA social media pages.

A 400m course will be set up with left shoulder turns, at the Doha Corniche. More details on the course design will be shared during the Technical briefing. Waters in Doha Corniche are relatively calm, with a course depth varying from 1.8 – 3.5m. Weather data over the last 8 year’s reveals an average air temperature ranging between 19 – 27 degrees Celsius at the date of the competition, with clear blue skies, nil precipitation and humidity ranging between 40 – 60%. Prevailing wind pattern is from East to North East, at average speeds between 8 – 17 km/h. Water temperature ranges between 19 – 23 degrees Celsius.

Please note that all the events will be conducted according to the latest FINA Rules, in force at the time of the event.

Where is the event taking place?

The Doha Open Water Challenge will take place at the Doha Corniche, near Orry the Oryx Statue, on February 15, 2019.

How do I register for the event?

There is a form on the website, which needs to be downloaded, filled in, signed and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If I am a late comer, can I still register?

The deadline is on February 13, 2019.

Can I register for the event on the day?

No.

What time does the event start?

The race will start with Group A, followed by Group B and C. Race start time for Group A is 14:00.

How will the event start?

The Race starter will signal the race start with a horn. Details of the race start procedures will be presented during the Race briefing.

What time does the event finish?

The event will finish at approximately 16:30, including the Medal Ceremonies per age group. Understanding that this is an open water competition, the event duration & timings may be changed.

Where should I collect my Participation Diploma?

It will be available at the Registration Desk at the end of the competition session (16:30).

Is the race briefing mandatory and how long will it take?

The race briefing is mandatory for all participants. It will take place at the Call Room 30 minutes before the start of the race. Information about the course, medical & safety will be provided, along with the last check in for numbers & electronic timing devices. Participants that are not present on time at the Call Room will be automatically disqualified.

How is the event timed?

There will be electronic timing (transponders) for all participants, with the results displayed live on the website.

How I get inside the venue?

To enter the venue you will need an accreditation, which will be provided to all race participants by the Federation, in a day & time that will be announced shortly. To avoid inconvenience ensure this card is available with you at all times.  

Are there changing rooms and other amenities at the venue?

Athletes’ changing rooms are present in the Venue site including showers, toilets and changing areas, separate for men and women.

Do I need to register at the venue?

Upon arrival at the venue, you must present yourself at the registration desk, where your participation will be confirmed, a swim cap will be provided with your number, your race starting list along with the timing device. Your ID card is required and will be kept until the timing device is returned.

Is there somewhere I can store my bag?

There will be a storage for your bag and volunteers to take care of that. They will provide you with a number tag, according to your race number to store your bag.

Do you have on water safety?

The race course will be managed by Organizing Committee Judges & Referees, Marshals, Lifeguards, Coastal Guards and Paramedics Staff, located on either a kayak, Jet Ski or a speedboat.  

Is the water quality safe?

Water quality at the Corniche is safe for swimming. Water analysis; by Ministry of Environment will be available at the Registration Desk, along with all the other weather data.

Do I have to wear a swim cap for the event?

All participants of the Doha Open Water Challenge will be provided with a colored swimming cap, which will be in line with the Group and “race wave”. Your participation number will be on it.

Will there be water/food available on race day?

There will be water all around the venue, possibly fruits as well.

Are spectators welcome?

There is a big area for spectators to watch the races, which is quite close to where the participants will be racing. However, since they will not have an accreditation, they will not be in a position to enter the competition venue.

Is there parking available at the Corniche on race day?

There is no reserved parking for the event participants and/or spectators.

What happens if I lose something on race day, do you have a Lost and Found?

There will be a Lost and Found area at the Registration Desk.

What other equipment do I need/what should I bring?

Swimsuit (FINA Swimsuit protocol), goggles, slippers, towel and sunscreen.

Will the water be cold?

Water temperature is between 19 – 23 degrees Celsius.

What if it rains?

According to the weather forecast, it won’t rain, however if there is a sudden change in the weather, the referee may stop the race and postpone it until it gets better.

Participants should wear appropriate for FINA competitions , as per below examples.

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