Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge

By Richard Mitchell and Mogsy Ford

Updated May 2024

Canaqua Sports is proud to present the
Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge!

Ian Feldman, President, Canaqua Sports and the founder of the Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge says:

"Since our first race in 2017, we have been adding races as we work to grow SwimRun across Canada. After canceling our season in 2020 due to Covid-19 and getting through with a limited number of events in 2021, we are now positioned to run a full slate of 10 events for 2024 across Canada.

Watch for details to follow!"

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Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge Events

We now have 2024 dates - see below! 

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Events 2024

Sasamat Ice Cracker

Date:  05 May, 2024

Venue:  Sasamat Lake, Port Moody, BC

Swim and run in and around Sasamat Lake as you complete Mudskipper's first ever SwimRun event in the Vancouver area. The 13 km event includes 2 laps of the Sasamat course that will take you along trails that will challenge your running ability, and swims of different distances through this beautiful lake.

If you would prefer a shorter event, you can do the 6.5 km distance, which is one loop of the full course.

This event is being run in conjunction with the Sasamat Ice Cracker Open Water Swim.

Total Swim: 2.35 km

Total Run: 2.15 km

Total Distance: 6.5 km

Total Swim: 4.7 km

Total Run: 8.3 km

Total Distance: 13 km

CLICK HERE to register for the Sasamat Ice Cracker.


Deam Lake, Indiana, USA

Date: Sunday May 12th 2024

Venue: Deam Lake State Recreation Area

Deam Lake State Recreation Area is an Indiana State Recreation Area in Clark County, Indiana in the United States. The park is 1,300 acres and sits at an elevation of 535 feet. It features great water to swim in and challenging trails for running.

There are 4 events planned for the day:

  • Swimrun Mini
  • Swimrun Classic
  • Mudskipper 5 km Classic Run
  • Mudskipper Open Water Swim, 2.5 km or 5km.

Mini Event

Total Swim: 2.2 miles

Total Run: 7.8 miles

Total Distance: 10 miles

Classic Event

Total Swim: 2.95 miles

Total Run: 14.9 miles

Total Distance: 17.85 miles

Click here to register for any of these events, at the raceroster page!


Norfolk, England

Mudskipper are planning an event in Norfolk, England in June 2024.

Dates to be announced!



Mudskipper Swim Run Challenge

Mudskipper Welland

Date:  09 June, 2024

Venue:  Welland, Ontario

The Welland Challenge is set in a lovely section of the Welland Canal and includes 3 swims and 2 runs, over a flat and fast course. The longest swim is 1000m and the longest run is 2.5 km.

Total Swim: 2.5 km

5Total Run: 5 km

Total Distance: 7.5 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Mudskipper Welland.

Swimrunners at start of race, running towards the camera.They're off!

Collingwood

Date:  7 July, 2024

Venue:  Collingwood Harbor, Ontario

New for this year, a 12 km swimrun event that runs parallel with the Georgian Bay Masters Swim Club open water swim races.

Total Swim: TBA

Total Run: TBA

Total Distance: 11.5 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Collingwood Challenge.


Kenora

Date:  13 July, 2024

Venue:  Rabbit Lake Trails, Garrow Park, ON

There are three swimrun distances here. The running sections are over trails with relatively rough surfaces - bring your trail shoes! The swim sections are based on a 500 meter course.

The 20 km race is a qualifying event for the Aquaticrunner IWC solo World Championship in Grado, Italy.

Short distance;

Total Swim: 2 km

Total Run: 3 km

Total Distance: 5 km

Medium distance;

Total Swim: 3 km

Total Run: 8 km

Total Distance: 11 km

Long distance;

Total Swim: 4 km

Total Run: 16 km

Total Distance: 20 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Kenora Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge.


Mudskipper Challenge

Parry Sound

Date:  21st July, 2024

Venue:  Parry Sound, Ontario

The second time that this event has been held in Parry Sound, there are 2 distances - 10 km and a 20 km.

The 20 km race is a qualifying event for the Aquaticrunner IWC solo World Championship in Grado, Italy.

Total Swim: 2.9 km

Total Run: 7.5 km

Total Distance: 10.5 km

Total Swim: 5.8 km

Total Run: 14.2 km

Total Distance: 20 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Parry Sound Challenge.


Cavendish Beach

Date:  4 August, 2024

Venue:  Cavendish Beach, New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island

Celebrate Canada Day with a new event at Cavendish beach! This is a 17 km event that serves as a warm-up for the Summerside race, which is a World Qualifier. 

There are plans for a 20 km event here too - watch this space!.

Total Swim: 4 km

Total Run: 13 km

Total Distance: 17 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Cavendish Beach Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge.


Mudskipper Midsummer Classic

Date:  4 August 2024

Venue:  Welland International Flatwater Centre

This is a 13 km swimrun challenge that runs in and around this part of the Welland Recreational Canal. There are seven stages, and this course is flat and FAST!

Total Swim: 1km

Total Run: 2.5 km

Total Distance: 7.5 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Canaqua Sports Mid-Summer  SwimRun Challenge.


Mudskipper Canadian Championship

Date: 18th August 2024

Venue:  Waubuno Beach, Parry Sound

For this event, Mudskipper  have put together a brand new 15K course that athletes will do 2 laps of to complete the event, making this a 30km race! The first male and female athletes will be crowned Canadian Champions. As a bonus, they will also qualify for the IWC Individual Swimrun Championship held in Grado, Italy, in September 2025.

If you prefer a shorter event, you can opt to do just one lap of the course, for a 15km race!

Click here for more information and to register for the first Canadian Championship!


Sasamat 2 Fresh and Salty

Date:  22nd September 2024

Venue:  Sasamat Lake, Port Moody, BC

The final event of the season, in Belcarra Regional Park. It starts with a swim in Sasamat Lake and then runs through Belcarra. There are 2 races, of 10 km and a longer distance at 20 km.

Total Swim: 3.5 km

Total Run: 6.5 km

Total Distance: 10 km

Total Swim: 7 km

Total Run: 13 km

Total Distance: 20 km

CLICK HERE for more information and to register for the Sasamat  Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge.


Deam Lake, Indiana, USA

Date: Sunday 29th September 2024

Venue: Deam Lake State Recreation Area

As we continue to grow our events in the United States, the Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge is very excited to present our second Mudskipper Indiana event with a very different look than our May event. Different course, but at the same park.

Total Swim: 2.5 miles

Total Run: 10.71 miles

Total Distance: 13.21 miles

Click HERE for more information, and to register for this event.


World Champs Qualifying Events

As part of the SwimRun season, the Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge will be running 4 qualifying events for the World Individual SwimRun Championships in Grado, Italy on September 21, 2024.

The qualifying events will be run no later than the end of July with the top 2 men and top 2 women from each location, as well as the Canadian Individual SwimRun Championships.

More about the World Champs event in Grado, Italy, at our Swimrun Italy page!

The qualifying events for 2024 have been set:

  • Kenora Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge - Kenora,   July
  • Parry Sound Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge,  July
  • Sasamat Fresh and Salty Challenge - Vancouver,  June

The Series Partners

The Mudskipper SwimRun Challenge Partners are:

  • CanPro Marketing
  • Swim Secure
  • Chip Time Results
  • Premier Event Support
  • Thornhill Multisport
  • IWC World Qualify Aquaticrunner

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