Åland Swimrun geting close.

On the 23 of september is the Åland Swimrun is held for the second time, and we on World of Swimrun is curius how the planing is going. What to expect and so forth. We found contact with the race directors Ia Colerius and Hubert von Frenckell.

Close to race now! Is the race course well market?

Yes, it´s getting closer. Well marked? At the moment only the supersprint course is marked but gradually we will start to mark the Short course. The Long- course will this year only be partially marked (at the start and in the end). Instead the Long- participants will get a map and find themselves a way from A, where they get up from the water to B, the start of the next swimming segment.The swimming segments for all three routes will be marked both at the decline into water (flag) and at the ascent from the water (buoys / signs)
Watertemp?
It was 14 degress celsius on Wednesday – nice and refreshing.Nobody thought it was cold on Tuesday’s training
Seems to be beautiful islands to cross, how did you recce out the longdistance course?
– Among the 6757 islands in the Åland archipelago, we chose some of the finest for our race. We knew from earlier that the surroundings along the route are beautiful and sometimes quite stunning. First we planned a route based on the map, which was then checked by our team. Our ambition with the LONG race was to combine the most beautiful scenery in the Baltics with a very demanding race course, both concerning the running but especially the swim.
It is definitely not a race for beginners. Especially if the weather is rough you have to be a strong swimmer to accomplish the first swimming parts on the northern part of Åland. Since swimrun is such a magnificent sport where you come closer to nature than in almost any other sport, we also want to offer something to everybody. That’s why we have the short with a possibility to race individually and the sprint for those who want to try the sport for the first time.
Finish championship in swimrun it says, tell me more!
Not only Finnish Championships in Swimrun,but the first ever in this sport! To compete for the FM-title and be able to get a FM-medal both teammembers must be a member of a triathlon association belongong to the Finnish Triathlon Association.
When is the latest time to registrer to the race? Is it possible to take a late desicion or do you need a deadline? 
The pre-registration will close on Sunday 17.9.2017 at 23.59 (finnish time). For those who wake up late or haven´t been able to decide before we also provide the opportunity to sign up on site Käringsund on Friday 22.9 from 6- 8pm and on Saturday from 11.30-12.00 am
Is it possible to follow the race online or somewhere on the track?
Yes, it will be possible. All the participants at the LONG and SHort course will have GPS- trackers on them. Info about where you can follow them will be published on the website and the Facebook page. 

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! 😀 )

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‘Roof of the World’ Regatta and Swimrun

Get stoked. A crazy swimrun adventure is in the pipe-line. The ROTW!

/The WoS Team

‘Roof of the World’ Regatta and Swimrun

Jackie and I have been travelling on the Pamir Highway for over 7 years and we have always felt a special affinity with the village of Karakul – the ‘last place in Tajikistan’. What makes Karakul special is the people and the location. The people (over 1000 in the community) are ethnic Kyrgyz and they live in their village without running water or an electricity supply through the mild summers (+20C) and freezing winters (-40C). The village lies on the edge of a huge meteorite impact crater filled with turquoise water (Lake Karakul – 380Km2) and surrounded by +7000m peaks (Lenin Peak – 7134m).

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Swimrun Russia – Indepth talk with organisers

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Swimrun is expandning, we are curious what the globe has to offer. On last years Ö till Ö i meet up with two swimrunners from russia. At utö värdshus they told me about there race in russia this upcoming summer. After some more letters between us i send some questions to Marina. Here are the result. 

Hello Marina, why a Swimrun Russia? Tell me about the background?

– Hello! History of SwimRun Russia began at 2015, when Dmitriy Egorov have got a qualification for ÖTILLÖ – the SwimRun World Championship – and decided to organize own competition near St-Petersburg. 02.08.2015 SwimRun Lake-to-Lake had start. Participants can choose one of three distances: SwimRun30, SwimRun15, SwimRun Fun. In the competition took part 50 teams on distances SwimRun30 and SwimRun15, 25 people swam and run in personal race SwimRunFun. Air temperature was 20-210С, water temperature – 17-180С. So, Swimrun history was in Russia was started. At July 2016 SwimRun Lake-to Lake had a second edition with longer distances and 300 participants in total. Atmosphere was great and we were happy, that a lot of people like a new sport – SwimRun! For summer 2017 we prepare new challenge: another place, longer distances, colder water, tough running. It will be new version – SwimRun Russia.

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Hellas Frostbite Winter Swimrun – Race Report

So, why do you willingly enrol in a race that takes place, in Sweden… in December?

C:\Users\niklas.karlsson\Dropbox\IMG_20161130_210754.jpgWell. I really don’t have a good answer for this except for being part of something epic-in-creation. I did my 1st swimrun back in 2009, ÖtillÖ, a race at the time unheard of and subjected to all kinds of adventures. It suited us who liked taking on unknown challenges and to sort out problems as they came along. Sharing the feeling with friends, the sense of camaraderie and being part of something undefined and epic. The Hellas Frostbite Swimrun Race is very much like this. It’s new and unheard of and you really don’t know what to expect. I did the 1st race in 2015 and that year it was more correct to call it the Hellas semi-Frosbite race since it was plus few degrees and no snow nor ice. This year it was totally different. Forecast was for -6, snow, winds and an expected ice sheet covering the lake. A true Frostbite challenge.

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