Baikal Race is a 35 km solo cross-lake swim and relay swim located in Lake Baikal in Russia from the village of Tanhoj that is held between July and August in water temperatures ranging between 10°C - 16°C. It is part of the Grand Swim Series and one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swimming Relays.
- Solo: 1 swimmer
- Duo Team: 2 swimmers
- Triple Team: 3 swimmers
- Double Baikal Race: 2-way crossing
- Triple Baikal Race: 3-way crossing
Lake Baikal is the deepest lake on earth and the largest natural freshwater reservoir with 19% of all world freshwater.
2019 Grand Swim Series Events
1. Swim 24 Swimming Marathon, a 24-hour swim and a 6-hour night swim in a competition pool in St. Petersburg, Russia held in April
2. Kotlin Race Swimming Marathon a 25 km open water swim in Neva Bay in St. Petersburg, Russia held in May
3. Lake Balhash Race, a 32.2 km open water swim across Lake Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan held between May and September
4. Issyk-Kul Race, a 45 km open water swim across Issyk-Kul in the deep basin of the northeast Kyrgyzstan held between May and September
5. 13 Bridges, a 27 km open water swim along the Neva River through St. Petersburg, Russia to the Gulf of Finland held between June and August
6. Neva Swimming Marathon, a 77 km open water swim in the Neva River to the Gulf of Finland held between June and September
7. Baikal Race, a 35 km open water swim across Lake Baikal in Russia held between July and August
8. Valaam Swimming Marathon, a 20 km open water swim from the island of Putsaari to the island of Valaam in Ladoga Lake, Russia held between July and August