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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,Mar­seille, FRANCE

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