Blog of the Month: ÖTILLÖ – from Impossible to Possible, Crossing into the Ultra Territory

Oct 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Pierre Mangez

Eight years ago, I was still a keen smoker. From having never run more than 10km, I went to finishing the Swimrun World Championships, a 75km ultra distance with 10km of swimming on Sept 4, 2017. This is the story of a dream came true.

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Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issuze #4 (October 2017)

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