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Descenso a Nado de la Ria de Navia

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Finish of the Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia
Princess Marta Sánchez González, Queen María García López, and Princess Lucia Carrera Pérez with international swimmers at the 55th Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia

The Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia (or Navia Estuary Downstream Swim) is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims. It is a multi-race event held annually held in early August on the northern coast of Spain. It is in its 56th edition in 2013. It offers a 5 km men's race, a 3 km women's race, a 1.7 km masters race and a 1.1 km junior race with cash prizes for the men's 5 km and the women's 3 km races of 1000€ for the winner, 700€ for second and 400€ for third. It is also combined on the same weekend as the Copa Asturias (Asturias Cup.

The Descenso a Nado Ría de Navia has been broadcast on live television on Spain's TPA and organized by the Amigos de la Ría de Navia.

Previous Winners[edit]

World champion David Meca has won 9 consecutive races and 11 races overall. Two-time Olympic marathon swimmer Francisco Hervas has won 3 races. Olympic marathon swimming bronze medalist Cassandra Patten has also won the 3 km race.


1.1 km, 1.7 km, 3 km, 5 km




City River Navia

Country Spain

Region Europe


Race Director Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil

Event Information[edit]

Month: August


Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No



Male Record by Christian Reichert 5 km: 35´18´´

Female Record by Nadine Reichert 3 km: 25´51´´

Unique Aspects[edit]

1. First-time swimmers are called Novatas (females) or Novatos (males).
2. Pregonero is an invited guest who also serves as the keynote speaker at the festivities.
3. A Queen (Reina) and Princesses (Dames) are selected to serve as ambassadors of the Descenso a Nado de la Ría de Navia.

Juan Ignacio Martínez Fernández-Villamil[edit]

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