Bringing you to the heart of swimrun

Jul 27, 2017 | 0 comments

By Robin Danehav

Spocks Family – the roaming social media storyteller – has been covering the sport of swimrun for over four years now, but I can remember the exact moment when its appeal hit us over the head – and it’s a lot more recent than you might imagine.

From the moment the shotgun went off the first time we covered ÖTILLÖ, we immediately fell in love with this wonderful, crazy, demanding, exhilarating form of racing.

Many of us involved in bringing you the races live have spent our time stuck in the studio at the finish line or in the control room, but we never had the chance to experience the thrill of these races up-close.

That moment of revelation I mentioned came a few weeks back as we bounced across the waves off the coast of Hvar, Croatia, in a speedboat, with the sun beating down, sea water swelling around us and swim caps of our competitors bobbing on the tops of the waves.

It was then and there that many of us realised the full scale of the physical and mental demands the athletes place on themselves in challenging conditions, navigating a course as tough as it is beautiful.

All the while, we broadcast large chunks of the event live on the ÖTILLÖ Facebook page because this is what we do.

Ultimately, we want to know everything about this sport and the only limits we respect are those of our imagination.

Regardless of whether it is a multi-camera set-up with studio lights and fancy graphics, or a scaled-down Facebook Live broadcast using an iPhone and a cordless microphone, our goal is always to show you the heart of what is happening, and together with the race directors we seek out stories to tell, and then find a way to tell them.

It’s not always easy.

Sometimes we will be tested by the elements (one year our studio was blown down by gale force winds two hours before the race started), other times the technological gremlins will rear up and refuse to co-operate in some blacked-out corner of an island with no 3G.

When this happens, we draw on the vast wealth of experience we bring – from covering events in Svalbard and the Sochi Olympics to crowning Sweden’s best chef every year – to find a way.

Ultimately, we want to know everything about this sport and the only limits we respect are those of our imagination.

And at the centre of it all are the heroic athletes, from the elite and experienced to the dogged newcomers, who make every aspect of every race an odyssey in human nature.

We’ve been privileged to be part of these races over the last few years, and we look forward to being involved for many years to come.

For like the sport of swimrun, we’ve come a long way – but we’ve only just begun.

Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue # 3 (July 2017)

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More magazine articles

Swimrun Life #3 2017 – A word from the editor

The ferry ride. As a kid in the Seventies, a ferry ride meant an adventure – water, waves, fun, and freedom to run around, watching the mainland disappear into the horizon. You were leaving the crowded city with its big boring buildings for fresh air on a spacious island, where nature was beckoning to be explored, insects inspected, and tree roots to be tripped on.

Race Directors’ Moment: It has been a whirlwind of a season

It has been a whirlwind of a season.At ÖTILLÖ Utö, most of the teams were terrified of the cold water. In fact, almost everyone baked. At ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, the Atlantic Ocean was like a swimming pool and who will ever forget the last night outside the pub, hanging on the sea wall and watching the sunset together? At ÖTILLÖ Engadin, a mega thunderstorm in the middle of the race clearly showed us all that nature will never be tamed. We now have a couple of weeks to prepare for the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. At this point, it’s safe to say that …

ÖTILLÖ LEGEND #3: Jonas Colting

One of Sweden’s most recognised triathletes, Jonas Colting is the only person to compete in every single ÖTILLÖ World Championship race since its inception in 2006. Colting, who promotes swim safety as a way of integrating refugees and immigrants in Sweden, just finished a 300km swim in the Baltic Sea to raise awareness about the need for public swimming pools in the country.

ÖTILLÖ Team 36: The two crazy Mexicans

Living in a small Mexican town like Cordoba, 300 km southeast of Mexico City, training was a hit and miss for us at the beginning. We tried everything, from a triathlon camp in the US to an 18,000-foot volcano. And running in a wetsuit at 35°C was no fun either. Nothing quite worked for us, until we discovered Lake Alchichica, only three hours away. The only problem was no one dared to swim there because it was bewitched.

How to stay hydrated during a swimrun

The trick to prerace hydration is knowing that you cannot simply drink loads and loads of water in the final few days (as many athletes try to do) and store it away for future use. All that drinking lots of extra water does is to increase the amount you need to pee and it can actually be very counter productive if this leads to dilution of the electrolyte levels in your blood.

Campz free Swimrun Guide

André Hook first heard of swimrun almost four years ago, when a triathlon friend sent him the link to the video of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2013. Four years later, an avid swimrunner, André has written a free e-guide for CAMPZ.

International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
Processing...
Thank you! Your subscription has been confirmed. You'll hear from us soon.
Subscribe to Swimrun Life Magazine newsletter
ErrorHere