When I first heard about the ÖTILLÖ Sprint races, I didn’t think it was a good fit for me. First, sprint in my mind translates to a fast short race. Second, I thought the Sprint swimruns were an introductory stepping-stone to the full-distance courses, therefore practised swimrunners need not apply. I was wrong on both counts.
It has been a year in which weather has been very prominent at each race. In Hvar it was the wind and the currents, at Utö it was the fear of the cold water, at the Isles of Scilly it was the tropical-like conditions, at Engadin it was the major thunderstorm, at ÖTILLÖ it was the wind but at 1000 Lakes the season ended with perfect conditions!
Maja Tesch is a 28-year-old who wasn’t interested in sports until her twenties, but during the last few years has been making up for lost time. This summer, together with Christofer Johansson, she travelled through Tajikistan and set a world record for the World’s Highest Swimrun at an altitude of 3914m.
Looking to get your place in the 2018 World Championship? Teams Garmin and fēnix explain how to get the most out of your Garmin fēnix 5 swimrun app.
When you have weather conditions like at ÖTILLÖ WC this year, your logistic plans are totally screwed. So you adapt to nature and improvise, using the experience you’ve gained from 8 years of working as the official ÖTILLÖ photographer.
World Champions 2015 and power couple Staffan Björklund and Marika Wagner had a tough last year but came back strong in 2017 to win overall the Rockman swimrun in Norway. Then in September at the ÖTILLÖ WC, they finished mere seconds behind the first place Mixed Team.
Magnus Ormestad started Husky Podcast five years ago with a focus on the outdoors. He’s now launched Husky International in English, which includes his latest interview with ultra-endurance athlete and vegan, Rich Roll, who competed at this year’s ÖTILLÖ WC.
It all started one Saturday morning in 2012, when Chris Floden, Chairman of HEAD SWIMMING Nordic CBM, based in Nacka, Sweden, called his HEAD colleague Stefan Sponer to chat about the possibility of putting a long vertical zipper on the front side of the latest HEAD wetsuit, the TRICOMP12 …
In June 2017, Sylvain Scoccia, 55, and friends Julien Galmach Sophie and Hervé Lancien embarked upon a 240 km swimrun between Théoule sur Mer and Marseille in France, carrying everything on their backs for the 9-day adventure.
Dr Simon Donato started the ÖTILLÖ merit race Amphibious Challenge swimrun a few years ago. But in his day job, Adventure Science, the Canadian pairs super fit adventure athletes with researchers to conduct scientific and humanitarian projects in some of the most remote places on the planet.
On a day like this we have the right to question our choices in life. Consider living in harmony with nature. Work with it. Not against it.
When deciding where to host Western Australia’s inaugural Swimrun, we wanted a place that captures the sport’s core elements, a wild but beautiful environment where people could challenge themselves. Rottnest Island – situated 20 km off Perth, with its white sand beaches, turquoise bays and Australian wildlife – was the perfect choice.
We first met humanitarian response workers, Sean Casey and Mitch McTough, in Iraq, a month before the ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes in Germany. They had been training in a 16-metre basement pool and running on trails with landmines. So how did Team Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious manage at their first swimrun?
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In a 28-week period, Team Logistics has put on 12 races and our two shipping containers have travelled over 18,750 km with an inventory of over 2950 items. By the time the start gun goes, our little circus troop of 5 has swelled to over 70 people so that you guys can venture out into the open sea and swim 1750 m in gale-force winds and 1 to 2-m waves.
Hometown heroes Wez Swain and Alison Stedeford – aka Team Splashy & Dashy from the Isles of Scilly – finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ World Championship with a time of 13:05:290. Even six weeks later, they still have people stopping them on the street to offer congratulations, check to see if they’ve recovered or ask the duo what’s next.
Eight years ago, I was still a keen smoker. From having never run more than 10km, I went to finishing the Swimrun World Championships. This is the story of a dream came true.
You all know that moment, that split second when you realise that something has happened, something that will change your day and maybe even your life. You scream out of pain, physical pain, emotional pain, and you know it’s finished. You see it. You feel it, and your brain registers the fact that ÖTILLÖ is over for you before it really got going.
Annika Åstrom, 53, has completed nine ÖTILLÖ World Championships. In her first year there were only 10 women at the start but soon “we will be the majority”.
The 48km Troll Enez Morbihan “swim and run” in France crosses the Gulf of Morbihan, which is ranked amongst one of the most beautiful bay’s in the world. The race follows the coastal paths with swim sections up to 1500m while the running parts range from 100m to 17km.
Sean Casey and Mitch McTough are both aid workers in Iraq working on the humanitarian response around the offensive against ISIS and the large-scale displacements the terrorist group has caused. They have teamed up for ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes in Germany on October 1. Their biggest challenge? Training in a 16-metre basement pool and running in 40-50°C (104-122°F) temps.
In 2016, Lelle Moberg and teammate Daniel Hansson smashed the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship course record crossing the finish line under 8 hours. This year, Lelle will be racing in spirit only as he cheers from the sidelines recovering from an injury.
Daniel Hansson and his teammate Lelle Moberg smoked the 2016 ÖTILLÖ World Championship and set a new course record of sub 8-hours. Can he do it again next week with Jesper Svensson?
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the summer of 2014, Simon Börjeson and Rasmus Regnstrand were driving across Norway, discussing swimrun training plans. Rasmus suggested that they make an adventure out of it, and Simon, who happened to have a map of Scandinavia on his knee, saw something that grabbed his attention: “Let’s swimrun across Åland Archipelago.”