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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Interview: Annika Ericsson – A true champ!

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A strong competitor with loads of podiumpositions is this ironlady some extra special. Started her carrier with hours and weeks in the pool at young years, has now developed to be something outstanding. Here is Annika Ericsson!

Tell me about you´re background as a swimrunner?

I did my first swimrun race in 2012, which was Ångaloppet. That was followed by ÖtillÖ the same year. The goal with ÖtillÖ was only to try and manage to finish and I had never done such a long race before so I was quite nervous. The race together with Fredrik Selmered was just absolutely amazing and we had such a good time that we continued another season 2013 and surprisingly won ÖtillÖ that year.

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Director Report – Breca Jersey 2016

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Pioneer events are special. There are no previous course times to consider, no race reports to read – they’re a step into the unknown. And in the case of Breca Jersey, it wasn’t so much a step as an enormous leap. The swims are on three of the island’s coastlines – each stage is subject to different swells, currents and tides (this year the east coast was particularly memorable). Reflecting on this afterwards, Vaughan Robinson (team The VWs) postulated that it was a swimmers course. But, I would argue that the combination of trail, steeps, fast flats, technical entries and exits favours both the complete athlete and teams that can work together. So huge congratulations to all of you that took part, it was really inspiring watching you take on the course.

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Interview: Markus Rössel the man, the myth, the concept

In the world of swimrun we always find interesting athlets. One german guy that has been competing frekvently during the last couple of years is Markus Rössel, from the team “German Sparkle Party“. We meet him after finishing this years Ö till Ö on Utö. Here is our interview with the Athlete, Journalist and so much more.

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Tell me about your background as a Swimrunner?

I grew up in a pretty active household. Apparently my first spoken word was “ball”. My parents took me along on all kinds of outdoor undertakings such as hiking trips, skiing and so on. I had to spend countless weekends on tennis courts as they both played for a long time. Unexpectedly for a German kid I took on football and played this beside other sports such as mountain biking, table-tennis and skater-hockey for a pretty long time.

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