The second edition of the California swimrun took place on March 6th, in an unusual windy and rainy day. But the weather didn’t discourage 15 teams to show up for a 12km race in the Mission Bay of San Diego. The competitors started with a steep hill before heading over a bridge to enter the water for the first swim. The first team out of the swim was female team Chaffing the Dream, composed of Jennifer Huffman and Kristin Langston, proof if ever needed that ladies can hold their place in swimrun. Right behind the ladies was the triathlete duo of Mike Lyle and Karl Borine. After a short run, they were back in the water again and before the next swim, the men had taken the first position.
Through the middle of the race, the rain started to pour down and the wind picked up. The change in weather created a challenge in the fifth swim where the waves and wind currents made it difficult for the teams to maintain straight courses. After the fifth swim, the athletes had a longer run through rain and wind before the short sixth swim. It was still team Eiger in the lead but, the ladies from Chaffing the Dream were not about to give up and were still within striking distance. The final swim featured a rocky entry and exit which tested the athlete’s balance and footwork.
The athletes charged toward the finish during the last run and the rain responded by intensifying and bringing a final challenge to the competitors. Team Eiger finished first in the men’s division with Chaffing the Dream in first for the female division and Team Jellyfish first in the mixed division.