Race Report: Åland Swimrun 2017

“I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was EPIC”

The cold water of the Baltic Sea was not only beginning to affect my judgement, it was in full blossom. I could only think of two things: a hot sauna and “What the hell are we doing here”.

When first I got into the business of running in a wetsuit and swimming in shoes some ten years ago, I had NO clue what I was doing. We were absolute beginners who kind of made up the sport as we went along. As many of you know, many teams used quiet big backpacks and floatation devices designed for kids. The sport of swimrun was literally being born in front of us. The first years of Swimrun offered only one competition: ÖtillÖ, today the world Championship. In fact the sport didn’t even have a name back in the early years. We where just people who liked a good challenge and didn’t care too much about the “strangeness” of running around in the woods with wetsuits. But the spirit of teamwork, nature and of course really hard mental and physical challenges have appealed to many people these last years. The beautiful and sometimes harsh Stockholm Archipelago with its many Islands offers a perfect setting for a spectacular sport. Over the years I have done other swimrun races, but I have always found ÖtillÖ to be the original.

The ingredients for a swimrun should in my humble opinion include: A course from A to B, long and hard swims, technical trail running. Some waves to stir up things.  A good teammate and some epic nature. Swimrun have been a part of my life for almost ten years now. These past years have only consisted of a few swimruns every year to concentrate on the distant cousin: Triathlon.

 

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Swimrun, Bavarian Style: the Allgäu Swimrun

Our german friend Mic-O-Matic, the man with the many innovative swimrun ideas, went to scope out the inagural Allgäu Swimrun race in Germany. Its 1st real swimrun race taking place below the alps, with alpenhorn blowers sending the racers off from the starting line. How cool, enjoy.

Nic from The WoS Team

The inaugural Allgäu Swimrun held on October 8th, 2016 marked the first international Swimrun Race in Germany.
First? There have been some Swimrun events before but taking a “true” definition like “teams of two register to enter a Swimrun Race” the German Swimrun premiere took place in the foothills of the alps – the picturesque Allgäu Region around the Rottachsee and Grüntensee lakes.

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FIRST SWIMRUN COMPETITION IN CANADA – THE AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE

On September the 24th, Canada saw its 1st swimrun race take place. This sprint swimrun race, The Amphibious Challenge, located at the Ottawa river in Sheenboro, Quebec, stretched 15 km long with 12 km of running and 3 km of swimming. For Michelle Clarke, an experienced athlete with over 30 years of running under her belt, this was her first swimrun and after the race she wrote this great race report, enjoy!

/The WoS Team

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Pic by Christine Donato

I was listening to the radio the other day, and a marketing group had asked a bunch of senior citizens what advice they would give to the young people. The top piece of advice was “when opportunity knocks, open the door.” That has always been the advice I’ve lived my life on. When the opportunity popped up to be one of the first people to take part in the very first SwimRun competition in Canada, I had to say yes and now I can say I’m a swimrunner.

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Hell’s Hop 2016: A weaterh to remember

Mark Cohen is sharing with us his experience at the first edition of Hell’s Hop, a swimrun in the Hebrides off the north west coast of Scotland.

I registered for Hell’s Hop, then told my mate Alan Kennedy I had signed us up! The prospect of racing in Eriskay and Uist was very exciting. It’s wild and remote.

We realised how wild and remote as soon as we left Glasgow airport. The plane to Barra, lands on the beach, if the weather’s ok! We then caught the last ferry to Eriskay before the ferries were cancelled for the rest of the day due to the crazy wind and rain. Some competitors never made it to the start line as they couldn’t get to the island. Some arrived just in the nick of time on the morning of the race.

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