• Sports and leisure

Crossing for Hope

Free for spectators.
The crossing of Lake Geneva between Lausanne and Publier will take place on September 3, 2023. All profits will be donated to the "La Traversée Pour l'Espoir" association to help people affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Sports and leisure Crossing for Hope Publier


On Sunday 03 September 2023 in 07:00:00
Publier (74500)
Animals allowed
70 participants + 900 expected spectators

To facilitate access to this race for as many swimmers as possible, the distance may be covered :
- by a single swimmer, who must be accompanied by a canoe buddy,
- by a duet of swimmers.
N.B.: Regulations dictate that all swimmers must be able to get out of the water immediately, hence the need for canoes.
The event is open to 35 pairs. This figure has yet to be confirmed, and will depend on the number of canoes and safety boats available. Places will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.

Registration opens: April 15, 2023
Closing date for entries: August 30, 2023

1.1 - Each canoe (Sit-on-top) will be equipped with (supplied by the organization):
- A paddle,
- A watertight can,
- A lifejacket (must be worn),
- A red distress flare

1.2 - Swimmers must use an open-water buoy. In view of the thefts committed by some participants in previous years, swimmers are asked to
to bring their own personal buoy. The organization will be able to carry out some
Special point:
We do not supply food for the race. Each swimmer may place his or her own supplies, and any personal belongings, in the watertight can.

2.1 - Saturday, September 2, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Race presentation evening for competitors and attending media, in the Cité de l'Eau hall. Safety measures will be explained and safety equipment distributed.
During the same evening, people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis will be on hand to answer any questions.

2.2 - Sunday, September 3, 2023
a) - Meeting point
- At 07:00 in front of the Cité de l'Eau entrance, lake side, for participants and
transfer by bus to Lausanne, departure 07h30'.
- At 07:30, at the port des Clerges, for the safety boats, to pick up the canoes
canoes for transit to Lausanne.
b) - Race start: Bellerive beach at 09h30'.
Swimmers who wish to do so can join us directly on the Belle-Rive beach in Lausanne, with the return trip at their own expense.

The finish will be on the beach of the Parc du miroir in Publier. There will be no podium with trophy presentation and time classification. Each competitor will receive a prize pack at the finish.
Food and refreshments will be available at the association's stands. Showering and changing facilities will be available at the Cité de l'Eau.

Several boats will be positioned along the route to optimize the trajectory, and will have
with a recognizable mark. They will carry food and drink to help out swimmers. Other boats will be positioned as satellites, acting as sheepdogs to follow the swimmers.
In the race director's boat there will be a doctor with a defibrillator.

An association village will be set up in the mirror park.
Paralympic swimmer ANITA FATIS, who has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis since 1986 and is the association's godmother, is taking part in the race.

VI - NEW :
A race open to people - including children - with disabilities will be organized at the same time as the grande traversée. It will take place along the shoreline at Parc du Miroir, in the form of a loop between two buoys, 50m apart, to be swum as many times as possible.
Swimmers will also be paired up, with one able-bodied swimmer and one disabled swimmer.

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    Full price: 20 €.

    Partipants rate (membership): €20. Free for spectators.
    All funds raise will directly benefit to people with Multiple Sclerosis.


    Animals allowed
    Languages spoken : French

    In the Parc du Miroir in Publier (France), dogs are allowed if kept on a leash.


    Tuesday 3 September at 7 am.

    • Pets welcome


    Parc du miroir Rue des tilleuls Amphion 74500 Publier

    • Hearing disability
    • Mental disability
    Information update on 27/08/2023 by Office de Tourisme Leman Mountains Explore