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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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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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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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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