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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How to not get cold, what to wear and how – winter swimrun is around the corner!

Next week the much dreaded Hellas Frostbite Swimrun race takes place, a winter swimrun in Stockholm, Sweden. We know for a fact that the organizers have prepared for the worst. If the ice will be to thick to break, they will saw their way through and create an ice channel for the racers to swim in.

Brrr. It doesnt get much colder than this. 

To prepare for the race, have a look at our guide below, on what to think of when doing a cold swimrun race.

/The WoS Team

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Today we talk with our WoS expert Nic. Nic is a PhD student in public health sciences at Karolinska Institutet, also working as an expert investigator at the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the national government authority with responsibility for public health issues.

Hi Nic and thanks for taking the time to talk to us at WoS. You are a swimrunner with vast experience, having done your fair share of races and adventures in difficult and cold conditions?

Nic: Hi and thanks for having me. Yes, I started swimrunning already in 2008 when preparing for my first ÖtillÖ race in 2009. We have a house along the ÖtillÖ route so I’ve spent my upbringing running on these islands and I’ve been windsurfing the area for many years, so I know my way around.

Nice, given your expert opinion, what should a swimrunner think about before hitting the cold water.

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THE WORLD SWIMRUN RACE CALENDAR FOR 2017 – NEVER MISS A RACE AGAIN!

If you havent noticed yet, swimrun races have started to announce their dates for 2017.

Already in January there’s the possibility to swimrun race the States with California Swimrun.

We are updating our World of Swimrun Race Calendar, the most comprehensive calendar out there, and if your race, or perhaps swimrun adventure is not present, let us know and we’ll add it for you!

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SWIMRUN IN THE USA

Whats the status on swimrun on the other side of the Atlantic?

Check out this update from Sean Durkin – Swimrun California!

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In 2016, there will be five swimrun races held in the USA according to World of Swim Run; this is quite remarkable considering only a few American athletes competed in or heard of swimrun when I started training in 2014. In 2016 there will be three races in San Diego, CA, one race near Portland, Maine and one in Randolph, New Jersey. Worldwide, there will be over 200 races this in 2016.

In 2014, my good friend and rowing teammate Andy Hewitt found out about the ÖTILLÖ race from a few of his “crazy” friends. Andy started training on his own but soon found he needed a partner, I’d just moved back to San Diego and we started right away.

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Stockholm follows Copenhagen with a capital swimrun cup

Is this the latest trend in swimrun racing?

This continued development of urban swimrun racing showcases the strong and widening expansion of the sport, bringing it closer to the competitors. stockholm cup

This summer, our friends at TRISPOT will host a capital swimrun cup (the second in the world), in and around the city center. Five races have been announced, 2 in the city center and 3 along the coast closer to the archipelago. The 1st race will take place in early May. Continue reading “Stockholm follows Copenhagen with a capital swimrun cup”