World Bog Snorkelling Championship

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Bog Snorkelling Championship, World

Last Monday in August
Peat bogs are areas of wetlands that are plentiful around the United Kingdom, so in the 1980s folks in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales, decided to make annual, if wacky, use of one. They clear a 60-yard path through the black, smelly waters of the Waen Rhydd peat bog outside town. Competitors must traverse the trench twice using any but standard swim strokes. Snorkels and flippers are required wear. A newer event takes place in the same bog in July—the World Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling Championship; participants in this race can skip the flippers, but still must wear snorkels, as they try to cycle two lengths in the fastest time.
CONTACTS:
Tourist Information Centre
Ty Barcud
Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales LD5 4RB United Kingdom
44-15-9161-0828; fax: 44-15-9161-0666
www.llanwrtyd.com
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Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Mid Wales - World Bog Snorkelling Championship
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