Around three hundred sports enthusiasts, including Arjen Robben, swam in a relay race from Zoutkamp to Groningen.
This last weekend was the sixth edition of the swimming marathon, which is held each year for charity. The relay swimmers dived into the water in Zoutkamp early in the morning for their journey to the city. Around 5 p.m. the first participants arrived in the Oosterhaven in Groningen.
Former international footballer Arjen Robben swam 8 kilometers from Dorkwerd to Groningen, having become an ambassador for the Groninger Swim Challenge. After Robben stopped playing football, he thought participating in the Challenge could be a new goal to train for. Robben trained for just a couple of weeks, and in the end he completed his challenge faster than expected.
The swim trip raised a total of 210,000 euros, from a total of around 8,200 doners, which will go to the UMCG Cancer Research Fund. Three challenges were available for people to attempt: a 1.5Km City Swim, the 35Km Swim Challenge, and a 50Km ‘Ultra Challenge’.