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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world

Read what Swedish Foreign Policy News had to say about ÖTILLÖ

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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Race Report Hvar: Let’s go 2018

Race Report Hvar: Let’s go 2018

Sitting on the plane coming back from Hvar, Croatia, all the emotions from the swimrun season opener splash up to the surface. What a spectacular weekend and what a start to the season. The chase for the Golden Bib is definitely on.

ÖTILLÖ bets on #cleantheocean with Mr Green

ÖTILLÖ bets on #cleantheocean with Mr Green

As ÖTILLÖ started from a bet between four friends to swimrun 75 km, it’s no shocker to hear about its recent partnership with an online gaming company. What is surprising is that the agreement between ÖTILLÖ and Mr Green is to focus on a #cleantheocean campaign.

Merit Race #14: BinSwimrun, Morocco

Merit Race #14: BinSwimrun, Morocco

This first ÖTILLÖ Merit Race on the African continent is a beautiful, early-season event with a warm, friendly atmosphere and a strong commitment to the environment.

On the record: George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg

On the record: George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg

As Team Garmin, George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg just clinched first place at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar. The dynamic duo are now looking to hold onto their ÖTILLÖ Üto title when they race again in May.

Co-founder of SwimRun USA, Jeff Cole, dies at 64

Co-founder of SwimRun USA, Jeff Cole, dies at 64

Lars Finanger received the first of a barrage of emails from Jeffrey Cole on September 2, 2014. Lars had just finished his first ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC race the day before, which Jeff had seen on Slowtwitch.com. Jeff was more than enthusiastic about bringing this sport to US soil.

Swimrun Life #6 2018 – A word from the editor

Swimrun Life #6 2018 – A word from the editor

In 1926, Gertrude Ederle, wanting to prove the “women can’t do it” naysayers wrong, was the first woman to cross the English Channel. At age 64, Diana Nyad was the first person to cross non-stop 180 km from Cuba to Florida. Diana and Gertie would have made a kick-ass swimrun team.

Race Directors’ Moment: Things sure have changed

Race Directors’ Moment: Things sure have changed

In 2006, Jonas Colting and Pasi Salonen were about to get into the water, and with them they had a boogie board onto which they had strapped two backpacks. They took off their shoes and they were wearing life jackets on top of their tri wetsuits. How things have changed …

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Chris Hauth has been competing since the age of 3. He is an American Olympian, Kona Ironman Top Tenner and endurance athlete for 25 years, but that is nothing compared to the spirit he discovered at the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC. That’s why he coming back for more.

Joanna Hanner swimruns for diabetes

Joanna Hanner swimruns for diabetes

An elite swimmer, Joanna Hanner was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22. Now she’s teaming up with her dad for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ WC to raise money and awareness about this life-threatening disease.

Could hot drinks boost your performance in cold weather?

Could hot drinks boost your performance in cold weather?

With the majority of athletes training for ÖTILLÖ World Series races living in colder countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Andy Blow thought it might come in handy to know the potential benefits of having warm drinks before and during training and races.

Vivobarefoot takes the plunge, even in cold water

Vivobarefoot takes the plunge, even in cold water

Cold water swimming is fast emerging on the medical radar as the “superfood” of physical activities – lowering blood pressure while boosting immunity, circulation and libido. VIVOBAREFOOT asks some cold water lovers of the Swimrun World Series why and how they do it when the temperature plummets.

On the record: Diane Sadik

On the record: Diane Sadik

At age 29, Diane Sadik is a powerhouse on and off the course, between a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering and numerous podium positions at ÖTILLÖ World Series races.

Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

I find myself waking up extra early on Sunday mornings with the anticipation of a blissfully long swimrun training day ahead of me. Instead, I put on an ÖTILLÖ cap and stare fondly at my paddles with this year’s race distances scribbled across them. Race days are not all I’m yearning for. It’s the people, the ÖTILLÖ community that I miss.

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

The selection process for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has started and the registration for Director’s Choice and the Ranking application is now open. There are four more ÖTILLÖ qualification races, plus the 7/24 concept.

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

In 2016, we started a Ranking System that we could be as fair as possible when awarding spots to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. Before this method, we had to try to sift through hundreds of applications and go with our gut feeling. Now we can finally see its full effect.

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine and Maria started working out three years ago at ages 34 and 37. As team Swimrun4fun, they not only finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC but are No 2 in the 2017 World Series Women’s Team ranking. As they say, “Our ultimate goal is to try to inspire others – we think everyone should be a swimrunner.”

The True Heroes of ÖTILLÖ: Meet Olof Karlsson

The True Heroes of ÖTILLÖ: Meet Olof Karlsson

Olof drove 7 hours to come and talk to me. I suggested Skyping or a phone call but he insisted, he wanted to see me in person. At the age of 40, Olof weighed 160 kg. He’s now hoping to qualify for the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC via the 24/7 concept.

Eventcare takes care of its swimrun family

Eventcare takes care of its swimrun family

Want to know why the pressure bandage is mandatory equipment for an ÖTILLÖ swimrun race? Meet Eventcare, the team that manages and coordinates all of our medical situations on the course. While they are wonderful people we really don’t want to see or talk to them during a race because that means that someone is in need of their assistance.

Swimrun NC sets the course for community outreach

Swimrun NC sets the course for community outreach

In 2016, Swimrun North Carolina bought Braille signs for the museum at Hanging Rock State Park, where the race takes place. This year, Swimrun NC spent $7,300 on a mobile fire fighting system for one of the parks ATVs. They also connect the elementary schools with the racers. Herbert Krabel shares the philosophy of the non-profit event.

On the record: Helen Maalinn

On the record: Helen Maalinn

At the age of 10, Helen Maalinn convinced the organiser of a local aquathlon to let her race with the adults. She hasn’t slowed down since.

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