Lostwater Swimrun Orienteering – Your own way through nature

Imagine standing before a swimrun race not knowing exactly where and how far you will go. A few seconds to start and you lean forward, preparing to pick up the waterproof map placed on the ground, back up.  

That Swimrun Orienteering origins from Sweden is perhaps not so hard to imagine. Both Swimrun and Orienteering cultures are strong here. The Founder and Race Director Erik Froode is exited about the premiere.

“I really hope I can convey the joy and adventure when going your own way through nature, and it will be interesting to see what will happen when these two sports come together to form one”.

Swimrun Orienteering combines Swimrun and Foot Orienteering and will take you out on a boundless adventure where you as a team decide how to move from one checkpoint to another. One limitation is that you must use the designated water entry/exit points (WEPs). It is a safety precaution and also a way to control the amount of swimming. Besides that you are free to go your own way between checkpoints, both on land and in water. Checkpoint platforms has been designed and built where a standard orienteering checkpoint/marker pole is integrated.

“The platform development and also building the first three was fun. The last eight not as much”, Erik says and laughs.    

The Swimrun Orienteering Premiere is held close to Stockholm, in Nacka nature reserve and Erstavik 23rd of September. The first competition is called Original Loops as the courses consist of loops, all with start/end in race centre Hellasgården. The Endurance course has 4 loops, total distance of 20 km straight. The Action course has 2 loops, 7,3 km straight.     

Swimrun Orienteering is not all about physics. You need to be smart. Determine the best way for your team. Weigh swim distance against run distance and terrain. Erik finishes by adding

“If there would be a way to measure what team had most fun out there, I would use that for a separate prize ceremony

Check it out. It will be a blast for sure!

/The WoS Team

(P.S. Rumor has it that there will be a swimrun party afterwards, so you better check it out! 😀 )



Allgäu SwimRun – An authentic race in the beautiful alpine foothills

The Swedish endurance sport swimrun comes to the Allgäu region for the second time. Here, between the foot of the Alps and idyllic lakes, in the most southern part of Germany, the Allgäu SwimRun 2017 will take place. Gentle trails and the clear waters of the Allgäu lakes makes this the perfect location to cross new boundaries.


The route consists of 7 running sections in total of 23,5km (560 m positive altitude change), as well as 6 swimming sections in total of 3.5km. The estimated water temperature will be between 12 – 14° Celsius. The race is suitable for swimrun beginners, but has enough potential to be challenging for experienced swimrunners, as well.

Last year the Allgäu welcomed 52 teams from 12 nations. We saw a battle at the front of the race and also a battle against hard weather conditions. 45 teams were crossing the finish line: cold but smiling.

See more : www.allgaeu-swimrun.com
contact info@swimrun-allgau.com

Allgäu SwimRun is one of the first swimrun races in Germany.

Start: Oy-Mittelberg, Bavaria, Germany
date: 7. oct 2017
Distances: 23.5km running, 560m elevation | 3.5km swimming
longest run 9km, longest swim 1.1km

Directions: http://www.allgaeu-swimrun.com/de/venue.html

/The WoS Team

The Day After ÖtillÖ – How the body recovers

WoW, what a race.

Tough conditions and challenging elements, just like it should be. ÖtillÖ really presented itself from its best side, the raw beautiful nature!

And still we saw sub-8 hour times!

But how does +75 km of fighting in these harsh conditions affect the body, and what should you think about when trying to recover?

Apart from pizza and beer, there are some quick tips to have in mind, especially if you are a bit older.

Have a read below and remember that there are no short-cuts in the recovery process, which is highly individual.

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP). “How the body recovers from an ultramarathon.” Science daily, 18         February 2016. 

Ultramarathon runners can expect an approximate five-to-seven-day subjective recovery post race, according to research presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Calif. The study also looked at factors that affect physical recovery and a runner’s ability to return to full running speed after participation in an ultramarathon.


(Full study can be found here http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02640414.2016.1183808 )

/The WoS Team

The WoS ÖtillÖ Special – Your Complete Guide To The WC Race

It’s time! – The world championships of swimrun racing.

74.7 km racing on one of the toughest 1-day courses there is.

ÖtillÖ – The original!

We have all the info you need for the race, just scroll down and enjoy!

Swimrun was born in 2002 when 4 friends challenged each other to see who could get themselves first from Utö to Sandhamn island by only running and swimming. A couple of years later Erika Rosenbaum dubbed the sport swimrun, and it is defined as follows:

Continue reading “The WoS ÖtillÖ Special – Your Complete Guide To The WC Race”