22 years ago we created a contest in which swimmers of Bolivar state, and then to other parts of the country, challenging waters orinoquenses walking a path between Ravines populations Fajardo (Monagas) and San Felix (Bolivar).
Swimmers from various regions of the country participate annually in the Swim Step Orinoco and Caroni rivers, which held a new edition this April 22.
This competition is now considered as the biggest water sports event in the country and the second largest in the state of Bolivar, after the Games Interempresas of Guayana, in which thousands of athletes-workers in basic industries, public institutions and industry private entity.
Originally called "Orinoco Swim Step", was changing its name to "Step Swim Orinoco and Caroni rivers", as the competitors go through an area where the waters of both rivers have not been mixed. The composition and temperature difference between the two rivers, making its waters are kept apart by more than 10 nautical miles, showing a rare phenomenon in which the Orinoco seems to be divided into two bands, one darker and one south rather north-gray sand.
As explained by the coordinator of the organizing committee of the event, Felix Dicurú, in the past three years about 1 thousand Venezuelans and foreign swimmers have been present to challenge the power of the Orinoco River and its tributary Caroni, which binds to the 3 miles before starting site.
"This creates a spectacle of great interest for tourists and a challenge for the swimmers, who must go through two very different types of water density and temperature in a single trip," said Argenis Tamayo, who participated three times in this fair.
The organization of the competition provides a great display of several institutions in the states of Bolivar and Monagas and the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and rescue agencies and security.
The National Institute of Aquatic Spaces (INEA) closes the navigation channel of the Orinoco during the day, while the National Institute of Pipes (Incanal) placed buoys and flags.
Boats and Navy divers Bolivarian National Guard and Civil Protection accompany swimmers, ready to intervene in any danger. Volunteers yacht clubs of both entities also collaborate in this task, as well as the logistics to bring the staff to the points of departure and arrival. The step has several categories to give swimmers an opportunity to compete adolescents, adults and seniors, as well as athletes with physical disabilities.
The general manager of the Institute of Sport Caroni, Ramon Vina, stressed that the move was no longer a tradition of Bolivar state to become a mandatory appointment of swimmers from all over Venezuela, Latin America and Europe.
Aside from sporting interest aroused, this annual event also has an educational component-counselor about the need to preserve the country's largest river and its tributaries.
"Without the Orinoco could not have human and economic development in more than 10 states.'s Why it's important to protect it with their tributaries of industrial and human pollution," said the spokeswoman for the NGO United for Our Rivers, Anna Varchese.
"The Caroni River is the main tributary of the Orinoco and see how illegal mining and the penetration of man in its upper half is affecting the quality of its waters. If we want this competition is maintained for the next 20 years, we must act from and in defense of this river, "he said Arbelaez Yalitza student, participant of the latest edition.