Marko Pejchinovski - Lake Ohrid two-way

Ohrid - St. Naum - Ohrid

44.8 km (27.8 miles)

15 hours, 33 minutes on 31 July 2021

Observed and documented by Zoran Rodic



  • Name: Marko Pejchinovski
  • Gender: Male
  • Age on swim date: 15
  • Nationality: North Macedonia
  • Resides: Ohrid

Support Personnel

Observer: Zoran Rodic. Physical Education Professor, Certified Lifeguard, with a Certification for First Aid, and member of the jury for Ohrid Swim Marathon from 2007 till 2016.

Escort Vessels

  • Lake Legend (OH-971), Ohrid
  • unnamed (OH-943), Ohrid

Swim Parameters

  • Category: Solo, nonstop, unassisted.
  • Rules: MSF Rules of Marathon Swimming, without exception or modification.
  • Equipment used: Textile swimsuit, goggles, earplugs, grease.

Route Definition

Ohrid - St. Naum - Ohrid

  • Body of Water: Lake Ohrid
  • Route Type: multi-way
  • Start & Finish Location: Ohrid Harbor (41.111914, 20.799159)
  • Turnaround Location: St. Naum (beach to (right) of Black Drim river) (40.914966, 20.743107)
  • Minimum Route Distance: 44.8 km (27.8 miles) (map)


No known previous swims of this route. There is a longstanding professional race in this same body of water: Ohrid Swim Marathon

Swim Data

  • Start: 31 July 2021, 05:08:15 (Europe/Skopje, Central European Summer Time, UTC2).
  • Finish: 31 July 2021, 20:41:40
  • Elapsed: 15 hours, 33 minutes, 25 seconds.
  • Split Times: 7:34:43 (Leg 1) + 7:58:42 (Leg 2)

Summary of Conditions

Feature Min Max
Water Temp (C) 22 25
Air Temp (C) 20 32
Wind (kph) 0 25

GPS Track

Trackpoint frequency: 30 minutes. Download raw data (CSV).

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Speed Plot

Nutrition: Maltodextrin carbohydrates from My Protein mixed with water and NUUN tablets – orange taste. Feeding every half an hour - 200ml. Extra chocolate and Lecadol - (Paracetamol with vitamin C) when he feel pain in his shoulders.

Observer Log

Original, then translated.

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Observer Narrative Report

Original, then translated.

Swimmer Narrative

What inspired you to do this swim?

My biggest inspiration for this swim was my mother. My mother has cancer, so I really wanted to dedicate this swim to her. I also wanted to do something unique; something no one has everdone before-to be the first and only person to swim this route. I came up with the idea the same night I thought of the comeback swim.

Please describe how you planned for the swim:

One night I devised the route. It was the same night when I devised the comeback route, and it was really simple:why not swim the same route as I did for the comeback swim (Ohrid – St. Naum); but this time I go back and forth (Ohrid – St. Naum – Ohrid).This idea turned out to be perfect. I trained for 9 months (5 to 6 times a week), and the majority of the training was done in a small swimming pool.

How did the swim go, generally? Did you face any unanticipated challenges?

The swim started at 5am and it was going really well until I felt my body shut down for a split second. This happened a few km before the halfway point. I felt like I didn’t have energy in my body until I said a motivational speech in my head which gave me the push I needed. I finished half of the swim pretty strong. I rested for a couple of minutes and then I started swimming back, it was going really well until I had my second shut down for a split second and everybody thought I was ina crisis, but I knew that wasn’t the case. I couldn’t recover from the second shut down until my brother jumped into the water to motivate me, and honestly, that really helped me to start swimming faster. I was more motivated than ever and this motivation lasted for 2 and a half hours until my body started hurting. I couldn’t feel my arms and my stomach hurt really badly. So, I was feeling really demotivated because I knew how much I trained for this. However, my mindset didn’t change. I said to myself: “I don’t care how much my arms and my stomach hurt, I am going to raise my hands at the end and I am prepared for the worst to make that happen.” I started swimming the fastest I ever swam and eventually I reached the end, raised my hands happily and was welcomed by my whole family.


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Appendix A: Weather