MONTE CRISTO CHALLENGE
It was Edmond Dantès, the character made famous by Alexandre Dumas in his novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”, who inspired this one-ofa-kind sporting event, having embarked on a death-defying swim to escape the Château d’If. Every summer since 1999, swimmers have been flocking to the city in their thousands to try their luck in this open water race – locals, tourists, enthusiastic amateurs, highly trained professionals, the young and not-so-young, wearing flippers or swimming barefoot. Swimmers can opt to compete in one of four separate races that are organized over the course of the weekend: the main race - the 5 km Monte-Cristo Challenge, two Open Challenges covering 1 or 2 km, or the 1 km Junior Challenge, with safety always a top priority. As in previous years, the 2016 race will set off from the northernmost tip of the island on which the Château d’If stands, just opposite from the Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, and then follow the Marseille coastline as far as Grand Roucas beach on the eastern side of the city, on June 18-19.
Pullman Marseille Palm Beach, 200 Corniche J.F. Kennedy,