10,000 open water swimmers will descend upon the lake in staggered waves of humanity, 300 for each wave, at least 28-waves total. The race starts on Friday afternoon with the final wave on the Sunday.
Someone needs to contact the promoter of this event, have a sit down, and fine out what these guys did right! England is not known for being an "industrial assembly-line" of hyper dedicated swimmers. In fact you can probably count all the 50-meter pools in London on one hand. The fact that thousands have applied and will show up means the promoters got something right for a niche demographic.
The races have been organised as a series of waves of up to a maximum of 300 swimmers each, and amount to a combined mileage of around 10,600 miles – the distance between London and Sydney in Australia.
Things get under way with three two-mile waves on Friday afternoon from 3pm, while there is a single half-mile wave on Sunday morning.
There will be no fewer than 28 one-mile waves from Saturday morning right through until Sunday afternoon.