“Jelgavas Roņi” Winter Swimming and Hardening Club began its activity in 1990 and holds the status of a public organization. Official status of the club – Public Organization “Jelgavas Roņi” was received in 2006.

The goal is to popularize and develop winter swimming and tempering, as an active and healthy sport style, as well as to promote this for youth and increase interest in sports and healthy lifestyles.

The main event associated with the organization is the “Jelgavas Roņu Kauss” (JR Cup), an annual international winter swimming event usually held at the beginning of November.

The club organized the “Jelgava Roņu Kauss” (JR Cup) for the first time in 2009, and the last 5 competitions were the Winter Swimming World Cup in winter swimming. The Winter Swimming World Cup was organized for the first time in 2015 in Jelgava, when the city celebrated its 750th anniversary. The most important event in the history of our club and Latvian winter swimming was the “Winter Swimming World Championships”, which our club organized in 2012 in Jurmala.

From January to December, the club organizes the following events:

June 

“Ligo Marathon”

A 4 kilometre open water swimming marathon on Lielupe River, starting from Yacht Club Jelgava and swimming until the end of Pils Island (water temperature from +16 to +20 °C).

September

“Autumn Marathon”

A 4 kilometre open water swimming marathon on Lielupe River, starting from Yacht Club Jelgava and swimming until the end of Pils Island (water temperature from +10 to +15 °C).

November

“Jelgavas Roni Cup”

An annual international winter swimming event based in Jelgava, Latvia (water temperature from +2 to +5 °C).

January

“Kreschenye”

Every year on January 19 our club “Jelgavas Roņi” together with the Orthodox Church of Jelgava organizes dipping in the ice-hole (water temperature from -0 to +2 °C).

In cooperation with Jelgavas Sporta Servisa Centrs plans to continue the development of various competitions and events in Jelgava.

Contacts:

Kr. Barona iela. 5-36, Jelgava, Latvija, LV- 3001

jelgavasroni@gmail.com
+371 63081254
+371 29242520
+371 20205215

Our usual swimming location for the period of when the water is cold (September 1 to April 30):

Yacht Club Jelgava, swimming every Saturday at 12:00.

Malzeme Sports Complex, swimming every Sunday at 12:00.

If you would like to practice winter swimming, see our presentation: “Winter Swimming” Steps to health benefits!

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