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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A swimrun training adventure

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.”

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Brrr … the truth about cold-water swimming

Before the start of Utö in May, 20 athletes swallowed a pill that would register the effects of cold-water swimming on their bodies. The data was then downloaded for research. Jørgen Melau talks to Nancy Heslin about his project.

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Meet a World Champion: Eva Nystrom

Eva Nystrom is an accomplished athlete, winning the long-distance duathlon World Cup twice and competing in Ironman Hawaii. Swimrun was a natural transition, and four months after giving birth, she won the ÖTILLÖ World Championship for Mixed Team in 8:49:58.

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Meet a World Champion: Adriel Young

Adriel Young has the distinction of being the only non-Swede on the ÖTILLÖ World Championship podium, after winning the 2016 Mixed Team category with Eva Nystrom in 8:49:58. The Australian triathlete may have relocated to Gothenburg but he also launched the first swimrun Down Under last year.

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Vivobarefoot and the team building challenge

“Epic”. “Together”. “Cake”. These are the words that sum up Vivobarefoot’s office challenge at ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly in June, when the company sent six teams swimrunning for the weekend.

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Bonus Blog of the Month “But you are women …”

Kristin Larsson checked into her hotel in Les Salles-sur Verdon. When the receptionist learned she is in town for the SwimrunMan race, he looked at her in disbelief. “The Swimrun race?” he repeated. “But you are women!”

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Video of the month: ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly 2017

The second edition of ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly took place on June 17. It was a mind-blowing weekend between the race, the Mermaid wall and … cake.

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Merit Race #8: Breca Buttermere

The Lake District National Park in the UK is a mecca for endurance sports with its high peaks, glaciated valleys and unparalleled network of trails. Here Ben de Rivaz found Buttermere Valley, with its unique topographical features that make a perfect swimrun destination.

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A week of swimrun fun in Croatia

It’s the day after her first ÖTILLÖ swimrun on the Isles of Scilly last year. Sarah Odell is tired and sore and the thought of putting her wetsuit on is just too much to bear. Fast forward 10 months and Sarah is jogging along the coast of Hvar, Croatia, chatting with the other participants of the ÖTILLÖ training camp.

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In the beginning with Jesper Mars

One of the ÖTILLÖ Original Four, Jesper Mars started swimrunning with his brother and now races with his daughter.

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Bringing you to the heart of swimrun

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

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Swimrun Life: DECE clothing and the culture of hope

For many years ÖTILLÖ co-founder Mats Skott has been a supporter of DECE clothing in Romania, which began with a ball of wool and a crocheting needle in 2009. The charity now provides a path for families to earn income through their own work, giving hope and setting them free from the downward cycles of poverty.

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Merit Race #10: The Amphibious Challenge

When Simon Donato decided to compete in ÖTILLÖ in 2015 for an episode of the TV show Boundless, little did he know that he’d absolutely fall in love with the sport and feel compelled to introduce ÖTILLÖ-style swimrun to Canada.

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A musician, swimrunner and wine importer, Swedish rapper Petter hits all the key notes

Swedish rapper Petter not only fell in love with swimrunning, he created his own event – Koster Swimrun. Petter has learned to balance life on the road with sport, wine and giving back to the community.

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In the cockpit with Nair and Charlie

Flying is the fastest way to get to the Isles of Scilly, with travel time between 20 to 60 minutes. Female pilots Nair Tate and Charlie Baker give SLM the lowdown on Skybus.

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Blog of the month: ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö Race Report – #Bumblebee

Science says that the Bumblebee should not be able to fly since its aerodynamic capabilities are really bad. Of course, this is not something that the Bumblebee bothers too much about with its 200 flaps per second. The conclusion: Screw what you’ve heard. Believe in what you see.

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Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world

Read what Swedish Foreign Policy News had to say about ÖTILLÖ

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Merit Race #9: SwimRun NC

SwimRun NC is in and around Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina, which, with its 610 m of elevation gain, has been compared to the Rockman swimrun.

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ÖTILLÖ Merit Race #7 – Solvalla Swimrun

Swimrun came to Finland in 2014 with the Solvalla Swimrun and began with only 16 teams at the full distance start line. Today, three years later, the number of participants has grown to some 100 teams split between sprint and full distance. And a middle distance “Solvalla Swimrun Endurance” was added last year, and provides an excellent opportunity for sprint racers to step up to the next level.

Swimrunners strike a pose

Swimming, running and yoga have more in common than you would think at first, with movements that are synchronised with breathing. Breath awareness from yoga can also greatly benefit a swimrunner. Sinta Soekadarova offers the best yoga poses to improve your range of motion and work on building muscle strength, while increasing flexibility.

Tuning into ÖTILLÖ Islands of Scilly with Zoe Perry

The moment Zoe Perry read the backstory of how ÖTILLÖ started in a pub as a bet, she didn’t need any more convincing. She knew right then and there that the Isles of Scilly would make the perfect swimrun destination.

Leave nothing but footprints

ÖTILLÖ founders Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel have support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to ensure that the islands’ natural habitats can be fully explored by swimrun competitors in the least disruptive way to wildlife while still achieving that full island-to-island experience. Don’t miss the #2MinuteBeachClean on June 16.

Swimrun and the Barefoot Transition

At ÖTILLÖ, we know that we can’t conquer nature but we can try to become part of it. Then, and only then, can we be successful as swimrunners. For this reason we believe in having a shoe that not only protects our sensitive feet, but one that’s also thin enough so we can feel the ground we move on. ÖTILLÖ and Vivobarefoot have joined forces to build the best shoe for swimrun and our swimrun lifestyles.

Swim, run, sweat, repeat: what’s your ÖTILLÖ hydration strategy?

Andy Blow founded Precision Hydration in 2011 after learning he had a higher than average amount of sodium in his sweat, which was impacting his performance. Turns out it’s important to personalise your hydration strategy and that typical electrolyte drink out there just doesn’t cut it.

In the swim with Mikael Rosén, the Rain Man of swimming

Mikael Rosén – aka the Rain Man of swimming – is obsessed. When he’s not running a training camp, he’s posting daily motivational pics and videos to his 9,000 followers on Instagram. His book on open water swimming is being translated into English.

Video of the month: ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2017

The first ÖTILLÖ in Croatia took place April 1-2, with a sprint on Saturday and full-distance race the following day. It was an extraordinary weekend between a challenging swimrun, a beautiful location the people of the town of Hvar.

Putting ÖTILLÖ INCroatia: Meet the man behind the destination

For Ivan Verunica, CEO of INCroatia the sport of swimrun and the spectacular mountainous coast along the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea are “a match made in heaven”. He contacted Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott suggesting Croatia as a unique spot to race across the island’s history, beauty and stunning nature.

Blog of the Month: ÖTILLÖ Hvar

After taling on Jugo in Hvar, Thomas Schreven writes “it’s not necessarily the strongest runner or swimmer who make it to the finish line but those who manage to adapt to change most effectively”.

How to qualify for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship

As the popularity of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has exceeded our expectations, we’ve had to implement a few steps, including the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Ranking System and, new this year, the Swimrun ID, to give everyone a shot at a spot while trying to ensure we have the right mix of teams at the start line.

Adventures in Swimrun: The Calanques, France

François-Xavier Li, better known as “Fix”, founded Swimrun France along with Jean-Marie “Akuna Matata” Gueye. Together they promote the sport, supporting other swimrun start-ups and offering free advice.

Photo Pick: Talk about an Evolution

Jakob Edholm spends a lot of time underwater during swimrun events. “You should feel as if you were in the race yourself if you’re looking for the perfect image.”

ÖTILLÖ Merit race #6 – Stockholm Swimrun

Have you ever finished a swimrun that’s only a 15-minute walk from the subway? There aren’t many races where you can sightsee and race on the same day. Read about Stockholm Swimrun.

Bonus Blog of the Month: Mother nature is the boss

The 15km introduction Hvar ‘Sprint’ was harder than it had ever been: choppy seas, gallons of water ingested and more vertical feet under the Adriatic sun than I could count… and I was strapped to my buddy Jack who turned out to be an even worse swimmer than yours truly (aka The Sinker)…

ÖTILLÖ Merit Race #5 – Côte Vermeille

Brave the elements of one of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern France with the Côte Vermeille, the country’s first swimrun, with four possible distances ranging from short to Ultra, plus a kids’ race.

Swimrun Life #1 2017 – A word from the Editor

“You guys are crazy.” First thought that popped into my head when friends Jasmina Glad-Schreven and Thomas Schreven Skyped to tell me about this team sport “swimrun”, where you run in your wetsuit and swim in your running shoes while crossing the Stockholm…

Race Directors’ Moment

2017 is in full swing and the race season is fast approaching after a five-month break. This swimrun season starts full on with a new ÖTILLÖ weekend, ÖTILLÖ Hvar on April 1st and 2nd. We’re very much looking forward to showing you this magnificent location in Croatia...

The real story behind swimrun

There are countless versions of how swimrun came about, depending on which website or article you read, or even who you talk to. To set the record straight, here is the definitive swimrun story. In 2002, brothers Mats Andersson and Jesper Andersson got together with...

Mats Andersson – A real ÖTILLÖ Character

An interview with Mats Andersson. One of the Orginal Four who came up with the idea to swimrun from Utö to Sandhamn in 2002, even though he had never run before and was not a strong swimmer.

Blog of the month: Swimrun Race Report – ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes

I will be racing ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes with my all time partner in crime, JP. Our team training can easily be summed-up: we ran 10K together 12 months ago. Beside that, we exchanged messages and phones calls, but trained by ourselves in Paris and Hong Kong respectively. We have a quick check-in at the hotel and off we go to grab our race kits and attend the race briefing…

Meet a World Champion: Annika Ericsson

Annika is a humble force and true inspiration. She started her swimrun career in 2012 with Ångaloppet and then ÖTILLÖ the same year. Since then, she has competed in 28 swimrun races around Europe. Below, she talks to Josefine Ås about training, work and family.

ÖTILLÖ Merit Race #3 – Ångaloppet

Ångaloppet is probably the biggest swimrun race in the world today in terms of numbers, with more than 800 teams over the weekend. The course is beautiful and fun with lots of short swims and short runs. You really need to work on your transitions. As it’s in the...

ÖTILLÖ Discussion forum

Jakob Edholm Since we started ÖTILLÖ and swimrun in 2006 racers, friends, family and others interested in what we are doing have been looking for a plattform where they and we can communicate. As the sport continues to grow many people want to race, to find races and...

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