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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Over 260 races in the world and more are on their way – Plus de 260 courses prévues dans le monde

 

A while back we had some 200 races in the world and today we’re already passed 260. Every month more races are announced and this is awesome. We love it! L’an dernier, il y avait environ 200 courses dans le monde; aujourd’hui nous sommes déjà passés à 260. Chaque mois, plus de courses sont annoncées et c’est génial. Nous aimons ça! 

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Swimrun keeps growing in many directions and on many levels. The 2017 season hasn’t even started but we can now look forward to races in 24 countries. Most races still take place in Sweden, but now the French, and their swimrun-scene, is the second largest swimrun country in the world. Swimrun continue de croître  dans de nombreuses directions et à de multiples niveaux. La saison 2017 n’a pas encore commencé mais nous pouvons déjà nous attendre à voir des courses dans 24 pays. La plupart des courses se déroulent toujours en Suède, mais maintenant les Français sont les seconds en nombre de swimrun.

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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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Happy Swimrun Season Wrap-Up 2016

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We had a great 2016 swimrun season! The season opened with Borensberg Swimrun at the start of May and included 13 swimrun races in 4 months! As Team Happy Swimrun by Orca we completed Borensberg Swimrun, Utö Swimrun, Stockholm Swimrun, Kustjagaren, 2XU Island Challenge, 10 Island Swimrun, and ÖtillÖ.

Going into the season we were well prepared physically and had trained specifically for the season that we had planned. We looked at all of the early races as preparation for our A-race, ÖtillÖ. And boy was there a lot of preparation and learning to do that finally got us to the finish line of ÖtillÖ! Last year, 2015, was our first season racing together and we had few expectations other than having fun, but when that resulted in an undefeated season our excitement and expectations for the 2016 season were sky high. That led to a 2016 season full of ups and downs. There were lots of podium finishes, but also sprained ankles, a DNF because of a cold, and plenty of other small setbacks that rattled us.

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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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