Swimrun Races
By Country

By Richard Mitchell and Mogsy Ford

Updated May 2024

When you're looking for swimrun events, you may be looking for 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? Remember to check the swim to run ratio!

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Australia

In Western Australia, there is the Trans Cape on 9th March 2024 starting at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse.

On the 11th May 2024, Swimrun Australia will hold the Sydney East event. There are 2 distances, and a total limit of 300 teams.

There are also 2 other events - In Sydney North the event is on 19th October 2024, and on the Gold Coast, Queensland, at Miami Beach, on 14th September 2024.


Austria

The Backwaterman series is held in the fjord-like waters of the Ottenstein reservoir, North-West of the capital city Vienna. Save the date: 22/23 June 2024 .


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Belgium

These are held by EcoSwimRun at:

  • Butgenbach  (20 May 2024)
  • the Gileppe Dam (30 June 2024) and at
  • Robertville (31 August 2024).
  • Here is the link to the EcoSwimRun website for more information.


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Canada

Swimrun competitors starting a race in the sunshineA Mudskipper start

There is an EXCELLENT choice of Swimrun races in Canada:


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Cyprus

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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Finland

There are several Swimrun organizers in Finland. The Aland series of 3 races is not being held in 2024:


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France


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Germany

Here we have


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Greece

There is ONE really spectacular race in Greece;


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Italy

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


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Luxembourg

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


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Moorea

  • The Moorea event is held in August, next to Tahiti in  French Polynesia.

Netherlands (Holland)

In the Netherlands there is


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New Zealand / Aotearoa

2 swimrun competitors wearing red caps and bibs wading out of the water at Wanaka, New Zealand.Breca Swimrun Wanaka

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

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

Hoever,  Breca cancelled ALL its races 2022 and went into liquidation.

The Breca brand name was acquired by new owner Jonathen Littlewood of www.swimrun.con (June 2023) but he did not revive the brand.

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Norway


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Portugal (including Madeira



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South Africa

  • Torpedo Swimrun Val de Vie at 11km.
  • Torpedo Swimrun Cape, held near Cape Town, at 16km.
  • Torpedo Swimrun Cosy at 6.5 km
  • Torpedo Swimrun Skins at 16 km


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Spain

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


  •  Gran Canaria is also located on the Canary Islands, with super sprint and standard sprint distances.
  • Tenerife. They offer a super sprint at 7km as an introduction to the sport, and a standard sprint distance at 12km.
  • La Palma, also on the Canary Islands, is a new addition to the series.
  • Swimrun Madrid has 2 events, one on July 7th and the other on September 22nd, both with 3 distances to choose from.


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Sweden

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

First up:

  • the famous Ötillö Uto, with 3 distances of 8km, 14km, and the big one at 41km.
  • The EX Swimrun has 3 race distances, the ARK Supersprint, the EX Long at 23 km and the EX23 Short at 14 km.
  • The Jönköping race 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 event has 2 races - 5.5km and 23km.
  • The Grinda swimrun has one distance, 10km, for team and solo racers.
  • 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 Nynäshamn event has 5km and 10km races for teams and solo athletes.
  • Bokenäs Swim run is at the end of June.
  • 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 Norrtälje has 11.5, 5.6 and 2 km distances, in July.
  • The Torekov has one distance, at 23km.
  • Vasteras 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.
  • Juniskär has distances of 26km, 11km and a 2km trial.
  • The Karlskrona event has a 14km Sprint, a 6km Intro and a 14km Relay on offer.
  • The fun 2-island Moose to Goose race offers a straight 10km event.
  • The Finnhamn event has a 12km race open to teams and solo competitors.
  • Swimrun Over the Fjorden
  • Halmstad covers 17 km, and takes place on 2nd September.
  • The Husarö has one distance of 15km, for teams and solo swimrunners.
  • Hellas Frostbite Swimrun, Stockholm

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Switzerland

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 Engadin. 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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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


  • In North Carolina we have Lake James with options of 12.7 miles or 19 miles.
  • In Maryland there is the Maryland event at Greenbrier State Park, at 9.5 miles or 18.8 miles.
  • In Maine there is the Odyssey Casco Bay event, with distances of 11 miles or 21 miles.
  • In Michigan we have the Odyssey Mackinac event at 13.45 miles or 19 miles.
  • In Washington there is the Odyssey Orcas Island with 10 mile or 22 mile options.
  • In Texas we have the Odyssey Swimrun Austin, at 9 miles or 16.5 miles.
  • Cape Cod, MA, is in September 2024, for the second time!


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Uruguay

There are 2 locations that we are aware of in Uruguay, so far;


In almost all 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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