A tough competition
The Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean is a 32 km open water swimming race between Péribonka and Roberval. The event is always presented on the last saturday of July. In 2013, this “cult” marathon will mark 59 consecutive years of presentation, making it one of the most long-lived sports events in North America and around the world. In 1994, a scientific study in American “Outside” magazine classified the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean among the six most challenging sports events in the world.
A huge celebration
During the last week of July, Roberval comes alive and sways to the rhythm of activities sur-rounding the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean. Numerous sports, cultural and family-oriented events allow the local population and visitors a chance to celebrate the event while having fun. Supper in the Streets Loto-Quebec, outdoor shows, fireworks, a Winners’ Parade starring the swimmers, a Children’s Day, sports competitions, an art gallery, a Happy Hour, etc.: a host of activities designed to appeal to people of all tastes and ages!
A worldclass organisation
The Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Inc. is the Organisation entrusted with the annual staging of seven (7) open water swimming competitions, at the elite and amateur levels. Around the world, the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Inc. is hailed as a model of organisation and professionalism. Year after year, it receives accolades from its participants, most notably in regards to the quality of its organisational structure and the support offered to the athletes.
Mission Statement :
The Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean Inc. has, as its mission statement: “To organise an annual popular summer event for Roberval, centered around open water swimming, water and festivities, with the goal of stimulating economic, tourist and social activities about which its citizens can feel proud.”