The Paraná River (Spanish: Río Paraná, Portuguese: Rio Paraná) is a river in south Central South America, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina coverng 4,880 kilometres (3,030 mi). It is second in length only to the Amazon River among South American rivers. The name Paraná is an abbreviation of the phrase "para rehe onáva", which comes from the Tupi language and means "like the sea" (that is, "as big as the sea"). It merges first with the Paraguay River and then farther downstream with the Uruguay River to form the Río de la Plata and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Paraná River is site of several open water swimming events including the Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana that is held from the city Hernandarias to Paraná, Argentina, and the 25 km Maratón Internacional Aguas Abiertas Villa Urquiza - Paraná.
Open Water Swimming
- At 88 km (54.6 mi), Maratón Internacional Hernandarias – Parana is the longest open water swimming competition and longest professional marathon race in the world. It is held annually in February under extremely competitive conditions, attracting the fastest marathon swimmers in the world, down a river with varying currents and flotsam. Tens of thousands of spectators line the course in an extremely festive atmosphere. Offers US$25,000 in prize money when it is part of the global FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit. It is one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims.
- The Asociación Cruce a Nado Río de la Plata or ACNRP is the governing body that organizes and ratifies solo swims across the Río de la Plata on the border between Argentina and Uruguay in the estuary formed by the confluence of the Uruguay River and the Paraná River on the border between Argentina and Uruguay.
18º Maratón acuática Hernandarias-Paraná
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