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When you're looking for swimrun events, you may be looking for swimrun races not too far from home, or you may be looking for an event in another country, to make a mini break or small holiday out of the trip.

Whatever your plan, you can search by country on this page by clicking on the country name below. This will take you directly to the country you are interested in. OR you may decide to simply browse down through the countries listed, and see what you may find interesting!

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If this is your first race, you need to consider the total distance involved; we recommend entering the sprint race distance rather than the full long course distance. The short course race will give you a good idea of the elements of swimrun, and highlight your weaknesses. Are you confident in open water sea swimming? Or maybe a lake might be your style?

Here is our list of Swimrun events by country. Just click on the country name to jump down to the information.

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The Backwaterman series is held in the fjord-like waters of the Ottenstein reservoir, North-West of the capital city Vienna. Save the date: usually held in May.

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These are held by EcoSwimRun at:

  • the Gileppe Dam (July) and at
  • Robertville (August).
  • Here is the link to the EcoSwimRun website for more information.

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Swimrun competitors starting a race in the sunshineA Mudskipper start

There is a good choice of Swimrun races in Canada:

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Croatia is home to the

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The Protaras Swimrun company has 2 races in Cyprus - a sprint distance (8.2 miles) and a full distance (15.6 miles). Here is a link to the Protaras Swimrun website.

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There are SEVEN Swimrun organizers in Finland. The Aland series of 3 races:

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An advert for the Kuopio Swimrun event with the lakes of Finland in the background

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There are 2 really spectacular races in Greece;

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Hong Kong

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One of the most stunning countries in the world, Italy plays host to;

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There is just the one event in Luxembourg. Here you will find

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This the base for

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Netherlands (Holland)

In the Netherlands there is

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New Zealand

2 swimrun competitors wading out of the water at Wanaka, New Zealand.Breca Swimrun Wanaka

The Land of the Long White Cloud (Aotearoa) is home to 2 amazing Breca swimrun events. They are;

  • the Swimrun Wanaka  in the South Island, an hour north of Queenstown;
  • the Swimrun Bay of Islands in sub-tropical Pahia, a 3 hour drive north of Auckland.

These events are currently on hold, as Breca has cancelled ALL its races in 2022.

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Portugal (including Madeira)

  • The Azores Islands Swimrun has 2 race distances, at 10km and 20km.
  • The Tamega swimrun races are on mainland Portugal, and have distances of 16km and 30km.
  • The 2 Zezere races are also on the mainland, with options of 14km and 29km.
  • The Monsaraz event offers a choce of 12km and 23km .
  • The island of Madeira has just the one race, the Madeira Swimrun, with a race distance of 15km.

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Swimrun is becoming more popular in Russia, and there are a number of events to choose from;

First, the Toksovo races -

  • Swimrun Russia Stage 1, Toksovo (short) 12.6 km
  • Swimrun Russia Stage 1, Toksovo (middle) 17.8 km
  • Swimrun Russia Stage 1, Toksovo (long) 35.6 km
  • The Come On Swimrun races are held in St. Petersberg, with 3 distances called Basic, Advanced and Pro.
  • Swimrun Grom offers just the one distance, at 12km.

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South Africa

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The first swimrun races of the season in Spain are on the Canary Islands;

  • Tenerife. They offer a super sprint at 7km as an introduction to the sport, and a standard sprint distance at 12km.
  • The Swimrun Costa Azahar offers 3 distances at 7.5km, 9.5km and 16km.
  • Swimrun Gran Canaria is also located on the Canary Islands, with super sprint and standard sprint distances.
  • The Swimrun Costa Brava is held on the north-east coast of Spain, north of Barcelona. There are 3 race distances to choose from, at 11km, 21km, and the long one at 43km.
  • Neda el Món will hold their Swimrun event at Beceite on north-east Spain in April
  • SwimRun Costa Mediterránea have 3 events, in Marrazón (Murcia) on 12th June; in Madrid on the 26th June, and in Cabo de Pelos (Cartagena) on 29th October. Each event offers the option of Sprint distance (8-10km) and Half distance (16-20km).

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The Home of Swimrun, Sweden has a LOT of events!

First up:

  • the famous Ötillö Swimrun Uto, with 3 distances of 8km, 14km, and the big one at 41km.
  • The EX Swimrun has just the one distance at 22.5km, which is somewhat longer than normal sprint events but shorter than most full-distance events, which are usually over 30km.
  • The Boras Swimrun has 2 races to choose from, at 13km or 34km. This is also an Ötillö merit race.
  • The Jönköping Swimrun has a family distance of 1km, a 15km distance and a 35km distance which is also an Ötillö merit race.
  • Next is the Sjolppet event with distances of either 15km or 30km.
  • The Långholmen Swimrun has 2 races - 5.5km and 23km.
  • The 2XU Island Challenge has one race of 22km.
  • The Amfiebiemannen Swimrun is slightly longer at 26km.
  • Normally held in August each year, the Ötillö Gothenburg (Göteburg) event has 3 race distances of 8km, 21km and the long 37km (A World Series race)
  • The Angaloppet Steam Race event has FIVE race options
  • The Umeriver Swimrun has 2 races of either 12km or 22km
  • The Immeln Swimrun event has some of the longest races in the world, at 16 km, 40km, and an ultra distance of 113km.
  • The Ten Island Swimrun has 2 distances which are a bit more manageble! The Short event is 10 km and the Classic is 20km.
  • The Torekov Swimrun has one distance, at 23km.
  • Vasteras Swimrun has 2 races, "experience & solo" at 17.5 km, and the Full Distance of 30 km
  • The Ötillö Swimrun Final 15K has a race distance of 12.4 km, while the Ötillö Swimrun World Championship race involves a massive 75 km, and has the reputation of being the toughest one-day event on the planet.
  • The Blackwater Swimrun event has 2 distances of 10km or 20km.

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Two Swimrun competitors swimming side by side, wearing wetsuits and green tops, at Engadin in the Swiss AlpsSwimrun Engadin

Currently there is just the one Swimrun event in Switzerland:

  • the Ötillö Swimrun Engadin held by Michael Lemmel. There are 3 race options at this stunning location:
  • Experience & solo -  7.1 km
  • Sprint & solo -  15.1 km
  • World series -  46.3 km
  • Read about our personal race experience here.

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There is just the one event in Turkey, in Izmir.

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United Kingdom

3 swimrunners runnig into a lake wearing wetsuits, swim caps and googles, in a competitionImage courtesy Keen as Mustard Swimrun

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Two swimrunners running into a lake wearing swim hats, goggles and wearing swim floatsImage courtesy Ignite Swimrun

United States

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In almost all Swimrun events, you will need all the swimrun equipment that is standard these day, such as a pull buoy, a tow rope, wet suits and swim caps. There are no age groups yet - older competitors compete directly against the young 'uns.

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