Find out everything that's happening in the World of Swimrun! All updates and Swimrun latest news items will be posted here.
Announcement from the organizers:
"In times of COVID-19, the swimrun scene has to stick together particularly strongly. We're back in the starting blocks and invite you to take part in Austria's first (since 2017) and still largest swimrun event, the Riverthlon, on August 23, 2020. The place of action is Waidhofen/Ybbs, located in the center of Austria, easily accessible from every direction. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or www.riverthlon.at. We look forward to seeing you! Oh yes, and we offer a prize money of 500€ for a new track record (each, male and female)"
Race Director at Ötillö, Michael Lemmel has announced that the Swedish authorities have withdrawn permission to stage the 2020 World Series event in Sweden. It is hoped to hold it in September 2021.
In the meantime, the SwimRun event at Engadin, Switzerland, is still scheduled to proceed this coming weekend 25/26 July.
ARK Swimrun have a new website! You can check it out HERE....
IGNITE have made the following announcement on their website:
"COVID-19 pandemic has affected events all over the country and IGNITE SwimRun is no exception. Our event venues are closed for the foreseeable future and new registrations have all but stopped, making it difficult to continue operating as is. While we had hoped to weather this storm, we are forced to make some tough decisions.
Effective May 15, 2020, Rip It Events LLC will acquire IGNITE SwimRun LLC. IGNITE SwimRun Maryland will become SwimRun Maryland. We are grateful that you chose IGNITE this year and in years past. THANK YOU for promoting this sport. We have had a blast creating unique event experiences and have made many friends along the way. We hope you consider SwimRun Maryland in 2021."
Our favorite training brand have just announced a sale with up to 50% off products! It's running from today till 12th July - click the logo below for all the bargains!
Also, the New York Marathon, due to be held in November 2020, has been cancelled.
Ark have released what they call the ultimate SwimRun suit, called the Utö, after the famous Ötillö event. It has a low-level front zip, extra warmth in the upper body area, and great elasticity in the leg area for running. Our review is coming soon!
You can now enter any of the 4 challenges in the Breca Virtual Series.
Complete one of four virtual challenges: The Beowulf Challenge, The Pirate Challenge, The Ice Challenge or The Lunar Challenge to win a t-shirt, medal, certificate, and the chance to win one of the grand prizes. With only a £20 entry fee and £15 of every purchase going to charity, this is the perfect way to get back into swimrun shape for the challenges that lie ahead.
CLICK HERE for further information.
Breca have made the following announcement!
"This summer Breca are taking you to the moon and back with our Virtual Swimrun Series.
We are here to guide you out of your lockdown slumber and back into swimrun shape. With 4 unique challenges on the way there is something for everybody.
Full information coming your way on the 1st of June..."
Watch this space! We will update further on 1st June!
Otillo, the founders of Swimrun have today announced the launch of their new website that they have been working on during lockdown.
Check it out HERE! It's pretty cool!
Breca have released an update on the Breca Swimrun 2020 series. Please follow the link below to read the article on their reaction to COVID-19 and plans for the global series this year.
This is the new planned race calendar for 2020:
Otillo have made an announcement about the upcoming 2020 events and which will be cancelled or postponed.
Join a virtual swimrun on Friday 10 April after work with Envol Swimrun.
Envol Swimrun is online for a special SWIMRUN training session. We will do the Utö swimrun Sprint race!
Based on the times of last year's winners, Francesc and Henrik, we will take you through the course, section by section. You will do each swim and run segment of the Utö sprint, at your own speed for as long as it took Francesc and Henrik in 2019.
CLICK HERE for the details and to register a place!
The World of Swimrun Admin have announced:
"The night between 6 and 7 April 2020 became a whole pallet with new ORCA wetsuits for triathlon, swimrun, open water, as well as some accessories, stolen from our freight forwarder's truck at the resting place Lagan in Småland, Sweden. The thieves will most likely try to sell these products and we ask you to be observant."
You are asked to contact them if you see anything suspicious.
As the Covid-19 virus spreads around the world, many countries are closing their borders and many Swimrun events are being cancelled.
We will try to keep our calendar updated with cancellations and postponed races but we advise you to contact the race organiser of any event you have entered to check the status of your race so you can amend travel arrangements etc.
swimrunseries.es have announced that the date of the first Swimrun Tenerife has been changed from May 9 until July 18 as a preventive measure in the face of the health alert situation due to COVID-19.
Breca have announced that the Bay of Islands Swimrun will not take place in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are trying to reschedule it to the end of the year.
Breca Swimrun has confirmed its fifth year on the Channel Islands. Read more here...
The news about the Corona virus (AKA COVID-19) are hard to avoid at the moment. But surprisingly its consequences on swimrun has not (yet) made the front pages. What impact this virus may have for us, swimrunners?
Read more here on the World of Swimrun website.
Breca's inaugural event in Scotland will be a magnificent swimrun race and will be held in Loch Lomond. Breca say:
"We look forward to welcoming returning swimrunners, local Scots and our international community. For those interested in a recce, we would recommend heading to the summit of Ben Lomond for an excellent panorama of the loch.
The race will run mid-summer on the 8th & 9th August and the long range weather forecast is for a bright yet cool day, but don't quote us on that.Final course map due soon on the Breca Swimrun website."
Otillo have announced the following new mandatory equipment rule:
"Starting with the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina weekend we will NO longer require that each team has a compass and a race map with them."
Check out the Otillo Swimrun rules - www.otilloswimrun.com/rules
Otillo have announced: "The 2020 season is soon under way. In 7 weeks we have ÖTILLÖ Catalina. Our first race in the USA.
In March there is the new ÖTILLÖ Merit race heroswimrun in Brazil. An amazing race course in the town of Buzios, north of Rio. We know that the race director Fabio is looking for some established European teams that can bring some color to his event. Contact them as they might be able to provide some travel packages if you fit the profile.
Then in April we have two races.
The ÖTILLÖ merit race SwimRun Lake James in the beautiful North Carolina is well worth the visit in the unique location and race course and should be on all US racers list.
ÖTILLÖ Hvar in Croatia where we meet spring and enjoy the incredible water.
Check them all Out and sign up on HERE!"
California have a page where you can find your next race partner! They have two more ladies on the Partner Match Page looking for race partners.
This is a great blog from Vivobarefoot including an interview with two of the top swimrun athletes in the world, Fanny Kuhn and Nicolas Remires to reflect on the season past as well as their plans for the future:
Next event: September 2020
Location: Georgian Bay, Ontario
"Just on the eastern rim of Ontario’s Lake Huron lies the Thirty Thousand Islands, a UNESCO designated reserve that stretches 200km north to south. It is the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, a place of cultural and ecological significance, and we are honoured to call it the home of Breca’s first North American swimrun adventure. This will be one of our wildest and most challenging races – a journey across uninhabited islands; grey-pink granite shorelines and wild, coniferous forests. Wanderlust meets extreme endurance, as only Canadians can do. We cannot wait to share this experience with you.
Places at the first edition in September 2020 will be limited.
Announcement from Breca:
We are happy to finally announce that we are launching our first North American event in 2020. Canada's stunning lakes, adventurous wilderness and extremely friendly culture make it a true paradise for swimrun, and we really can't wait to take you there!
A few words from Ben, our CEO: "We could not be more excited
to be taking Breca into North America. We know the Swimrun community will
be chomping at the bit to test their abilities in what could even become our
most spectacular destination yet. Canada was a no brainer for us and a
country we’ve wanted to launch in for years. It will provide the most
quintessential Swimrun conditions possible, it will be breathtakingly
beautiful, it will be incredibly challenging and it will undoubtedly be an
unforgettable experience for our athletes."
We want to take this occasion to give a shoutout to our amazing community for the love and support that you showed us until now. It's thanks to you if we can keep growing, we won't disappoint you!
Sorry for lack of updates! We have been on vacation and got engaged :)
Update from Breca:
are thrilled to announce that the very first edition of Breca Loch Lomond
is coming on the weekend of the 8th-9th of August 2020.
It’s a magical location, ideal for swimrun. At the heart of Scotland’s first National Park, it’s one of the country’s most idyllic and unspoilt areas, with the largest expanse of fresh water in Britain and the backdrop of the mountains looming beyond.
The unique location will present the teams with long trail runs along the lush forest and frequent swims in the loch’s clear glacial water.
Sign up NOW for early bird rates
Otillo have today announced the following:
UPDATED FLOTATION RULE
After discussing with many racers we have decided to update the flotation rule one more time. The measurement is based on the commercial products on the market and we will NOT allow pool buoys bigger than 32 cm x 30cm x 15 cm. This is effective as of October 1st, 2019.
SAFETY BUOYS FOR SOLO RACERS
At the same time we will no longer require Safety buoys for solo racers. We will have buoys available or you can bring your own. This is effective as of October 1st, 2019.
Apologies for lack of news! We've been unfortunately offline with Wifi issues for a month, but now we're back to keep you up to date with what's happening in the world of Swimrun!
Another view on ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes which is taking place this weekend in Germany. Race Director Michael Lemmel tills you why he loves the race! Check out his video below!
Announcement from Otillo:
"After seeing the development of bigger and bigger pull buoys, which becomes a huge advantage for those using them, we have decided to make a new rule limiting the size of the flotation.
As of today (13 August) the maximum size flotation that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm.
We will have a box in which your device will have to fit into.This rule is effective as of August 12th, 2019 and therefore also for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019."
ÖTILLÖ Engadin, Switzerland. The last ÖTILLÖ weekend before ÖTILLÖ, the swimrun world championship 2019! The Engadin Valley is exceptional, if you are not there participating you can follow the races as close to LIVE as possible.
Click below for the LIVE site to find everything relevant to the races over the weekend!
ÖTILLÖ Malta registration opens at 14:00 CET on July 2nd. Today!
Click here for more information and to enter
ÖTILLÖ Catalina registration opens on July 10th at 14:00 CET
Click here for more information and to enter
700 swimrunners on a large sandy beach. 700m to run, and a buoy 500 further away. Guaranteed melee. Add to that waves and strong tide current, and you’re in for a tough first swim. Centred around Berck-sur-mer in the North of France, 1 hour drive from Calais, the Authieman is unique as it passes through the sea, a river, a lake … and a tiny swimming pool at the very end!
NEW RACE 2019
Otillo announce ÖTILLÖ Malta to be held end of November - finish the season in warm water!
Malta has been populated by many strong cultures since 5900 BC which has left some incredible historical sites. The coastline is rugged and the water is AMAZING!
In November water temperatures are around 20 degrees C.
This will be the finals of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series.
CLICK HERE for more information! Registration opens on July 2nd.
Breaking news out of the ÖTILLÖ camp as co-founders Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott announce the first-ever ÖTILLÖ swimrun race outside of Europe.
ÖTILLÖ promises unique races in unique places and they’ll certainly deliver with the new ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island on February 29 and March 1, 2020. Located 40 km off the coast of Los Angeles in southern California, Catalina Island is a conservancy-protected, geologic and environmental phenomenon.
Who is fitter, a swimmer or a runner? A new study looking at the hearts of athletes in each sport has found that whilst all showed above-average heart function, runners came out on top in terms of left ventricle performance. But if you want to be on the safe side and cover all bases, the Swimrun is definitely the answer!
Breca New Zealand dates for 2020 have been set! The courses are still being plotted but you will be guaranteed stunning backdrops, clear waters, gnarly trails and friendly faces. It's the winning recipe that makes New Zealand such a dream swimrun location.
Entries will open May 30th 2019 at 1pm NZ time.
The official Swimrun Costa Brava by HEAD 2019 video has been released.
Click below to watch!
ÖtillÖ may be coming to Catalina Island in 2020 - read more here! There has been much support to hold the race there so watch this space!
A great read from Fanny Danckwardt - winner of the Womens event in Hvar 2019. Written 'from the inside' it gives her thoughts during the big event!
The World of Swimrun have made the following statement:
"World of Swimrun understands that following the creation of multiple national championships (e.g. the recently announced Belgium championship) and the perceived need to unite European nations in light of the BREXIT events, the European Community commission for Sport will announce during its next Forum taking place in Bucharest (Romania) on the 8-9 April 2019 that a European Swimrun Championship (ESC) will be organised. The team aspect was a key factor of the decision. This is an exciting development and recognition step for the sport. More details to follow."
Find out how Lucy Gossage is taking on a new challenge every month in a break from Ironman racing. On June 9th she will be competing in the Mixed Teams Group of the Isles of Scilly SwimRun - this is also the race we are competing in!! I think we may be a bit behind them :)
The SwimRun Canada program is set and registrations are coming in. Canaqua Sports is proud to be hosting 8 SwimRun Challenge events for the 2019 season. Check out their new website www.swimrunchallenge.ca and join in the fun and excitement that is SwimRun, as they continue to expand and grow SwimRun in Canada.
We will be adding Canada dates to our SwimRun Rest of the World calendar soon!
Check out the new US SwimRun calendar and they have also announced a national championship!
For the very first time, teams will be able to compete for the Breca National Championship title and earn Rankings points across all their races.
The winning teams in the Full and Sprint distance races at Breca Buttermere in each category will be crowned the 2019 Breca National Champions.
Breca Buttermere will be held on 10 - 11 August 2019 - 43km full distance and 19km sprint - "brutally beautiful"
On Monday February 4th at 11:30 you can listen to one of our Race Directors, Michael Lemmel at the ISPO Trade Show in Munich. ISPO is the world's largest international multi-segment exhibition for the sports industry.
Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel are the two organizers of ÖTILLÖ - the race that started the whole Swimrun movement. What started as a drunken bet in Vardshus on Utö is now the driving force behind Swimrun, one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world. Michael Lemmel tells the Oudoor and Watersports community why the sport is exploding and where it might go in the future.
The World of Swimrun site have created a world swimrun bucket list now the 2019 Swimrun season is on! Get planning those races round the world!
Swimrun Bologna will be held on 28th July 2019. This is a great race that we did in 2017.
There are now three distances Short, Half and Long of 40 km - Otillo Merit Race and National Championship in pairs.
All race information and registration methods will be on their website soon - click here for further details.
You can read our race report here.
Beautiful views and fresh air between the pine forests, challenge yourself in the cold water that will be a great and unforgettable experience.
The first Swimrun event in Vietnam is being held in 2019 - find out more here.
You can get a taster of the race route by clicking here to watch a short video!
The middle distance for this Swimrun in South of France - near the Spanish border - sold out in 20 mins!! We tried to enter and are on the waiting list.
The short distance sold out in 25 mins. Other distances are still available but selling fast!
The third ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series weekend of the year. On the beautiful Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. We call it "Paradise lost". Do not miss this unique place.
Friday afternoon #cleantheocean activity
Saturday - Sprint & Experience - Team and solo
Sunday - World Series - teams onlyInformation about the weekend is found here:
PRESS RELEASE FROM ORCA - one of the original Triathlon brands
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The new Otillo record holders Fredrik Axegard and Alex Flores are racing again at OTILLO 1000 Lakes after an impressive win just 3 weeks ago.
To read the story of how they prepared for their race and a bit about their background in sport click here
Due to historically calm conditions, records were set at the Breca Jersey Swimrun! 144 swimmers raced around 54k of Jersey coastline.
Course records were set and 16 teams went faster than their previous best.
To read more about the third edition Jersey Swimrun and the records smashed click here
Turkey announces its first international SwimRun race!
The race is to take place on November 10-11 and will consist of sprint and long distances categories. You can visit the site below for more detailed information.
Save the date: 11/08/2019 ANDORRA SWIMRUN
Only 200 bibs will be available!
Tomorrow, the race will open the 2019 registration... book your bib and don't miss the Pyrenees Swimrun!
ÖTILLÖ have announced the following race dates for 2019 - further details and links to register will be on our Swimrun calendar Europe soon! We have been informed registration will open soon.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series have made the following announcement in their aim to make the Swimrun sport grow:
"Dinosaurs go extinct, Swimrunners adapt!
In our sport and in our lives we need to learn how to adapt and how to expand our minds.
After 13 years of living with Swimrun almost everyday we too also have to adapt and see the world with new eyes.
During the ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes weekend we will try something new that has grown out of our own practice of the sport. Some days we train together and a lot of the time we train alone.
For the sport to grow and for us to bring new people into the sport we have decided to not only introduce a shorter race called ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience but we will also introduce an ÖTILLÖ version of solo entry in both the Sprint and the new Experience format.
These solo entries will have their own start and they will also bring their “team member” - an inflatable buoy for all swims- that we supply. The Solo events will be separate from the team events, they will not be together.
In this way, we believe we can introduce Swimrun and our community to a new group of people, that then will find a partner to continue their lives as full-fledged swimrunners.
As Anders Malm, Original 4 and one of the origins of the sport says “in the beginning we trained together and sometimes alone. It was as it was, but we always preferred to do it together”.
This being said we assure you - it is only for the shorter races and the only access to the World Series races and the World Championship is in a pair!
Let’s convert some new people to the art of racing as a pair!
See you out there.
Michael & Mats"
Personally we enjoy competing as a team but it is good they are trying to widen the appeal of Swimrun. Maybe the next step should be age-group categories so that older competitors (like us!) can get a little recognition of their achievements!
The World of Swimrun are now sharing the first ever book on Swimrun and it's FREE!
The book was written to help both beginners and experienced Swimrunners further explore what the sport of Swimrun is all about. You can download it HERE.