Swimrun Life #4 2017 – A word from the editor

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.

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

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 sets world record with Roof of the World Swimrun

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.

Top Tips to get the most out of your Garmin Fēnix 5 swimrun app

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.

Photo Pick: Jakob Edholm and the legendary Pig Swim

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.

Meet World Champions 2015: power couple Staffan Björklund and Marika Wagner

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.

Husky podcast founder Magnus Ormestad goes international with ultra-endurance athlete Rich Roll

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.

#WEareSWIMRUN: so much more than a hashtag

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 …

Swimrun Life: Sylvain Scoccia’s 240km swimrun adventure in France

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.

Swimrun Life: Where Adventure meets Science

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.

Video of the month: ÖTILLÖ World Championship 2017 Pig Swim

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.

Merit Race #12 Rottnest SwimRun (Australia)

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.

Humanitarian response workers in Iraq complete 1000 Lakes

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?

Bond has ‘Q’, Batman has ‘Alfred’. ÖTILLÖ has ‘Team Logistics’

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.

Isles of Scilly team make a real splash and dash at World Championship

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.

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

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.

Aftermath of ÖTILLÖ 2017

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.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Legend: Annika Åstrom

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”.

Merit Race #11: Troll Enez Morbihan

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.

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Our 2019 challenge: bring a friend

Swimrun continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Not only has the sport crossed over to the endurance community but new brands, new athletes and new races (and on non-frozen continents!) are coming on board. Look for our new 5-7k Experience distance and the possibility to race Solo.

Swimrun’s ARK of success

The 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship was one for the history books. Against all odds, including disorientating waves and relentless winds that toyed with racers throughout the day, a new sub-8 hours course record was set. Off the course, the buzz was all about the new ARK wetsuit prototype worn by two of the first-place teams.

Thule Crew sweep 2018 ÖTILLÖ season to win €33,000

Helena Karaskova Erbenova and Martin Flinta took first place at 1000 Lakes last weekend. Wearing the Golden Bib for the Mixed Division, it was the pair’s sixth consecutive ÖTILLÖ swimrun win – a streak that took them across the entire 2018 season and led them to the €33,000 pot of gold.

ÖTILLÖ’s new World Champs get ready for 1000 Lakes

Some people break records, others shatter them. That’s exactly what Fredrik Axegård and Alex Flores did when they finished the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in a time of 7:39:25, 19 minutes faster than last year. As Team SportOffice heads to 1000 Lakes in Germany this weekend, they talk to SLM about race day and tactics.

Confessions of a swimrunrunner: first time at ÖTILLÖ

To non-Swedes, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship seems like a way the natives spend a day outdoors frolicking with friends before the long dark winter sets in. But for those of us not born in the country that bares a yellow Nordic cross on a field of blue, ÖTILLÖ – 75 km that cross 26 islands, known as one of the toughest endurance races in the world – is daunting. Here’s what teams racing the WC for the first time have to say.

No training? No problem, ÖTILLÖ still needs you!

Volunteerism may be the fastest growing trend in global tourism, but you don’t have to travel half way across the world to give back: you can make an impact at a local level and swimrun is a cool place to start.

The rise of the swimrun Sprint

When ÖTILLÖ launched the Engadin Sprint three years ago, 19 teams signed up. Last week, the compact alpine swimrun attracted 100 teams representing 19 nationalities. Best friends, fathers and sons, husbands and wives – you name it – swimrunners are loving the shorter distance “unique race in a unique place” that ÖTILLÖ has become famous for.

Quest for Golden Bib climbs to new heights at Engadin this weekend

It’s been the most spectacularly competitive ÖTILLÖ swimrun season to date with neck and neck finishes in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. The July 7-8 weekend in Engadin promises to be equally a nail-biter as Golden Bib teams look for their fourth consecutive wins. Here’s what to expect.

Team Briefing: Baby on Board returns to Isles of Scilly this weekend, eh?

During training for the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, Sophia Chadwick found out she was expecting. She and partner Brian McArdle decided to do the Scilly Sprint instead, and crossed the Finish Line when she was five months pregnant. The couple return this weekend to race the full distance Scilly course.

6 things to know about new ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes

The first-ever ÖTILLÖ Cannes weekend on October 20th and 21st 2018 will have a Sprint course on Saturday and the World Series race on Sunday, plus a few new elements, too. From water temps to getting to Cannes, here’s what you need to know.

Swimrun Life #7 2018 – A word from the editor

The heartache of missing out on the ÖTILLÖ swimrun season opener in Hvar was akin to being in high school and hearing that your ex went to Prom without you. Except this ain’t high school, and when you give your heart to ÖTILLÖ, you get plenty of love back.

Why Team TwinnyDip has unfinished business with ÖTILLÖ

Between rhubarb tarts and Spinach halloumi pies, foodies Valerie and Natalie Wong, 33, also share a passion for swimrun. And although they have unfinished business with ÖTILLÖ WC, team TwinnyDip admits their biggest competition lies in each other.

Gococo socks it to you with new swimrun design

As every swimrunner would agree, never underestimate the importance of the sock. No one wants a blister or chafing when you still have 30km of swimming and running to go. That’s why Annie and Linnéa Wennergren at Gococo have designed a new swimrun sock to keep flotation devices in place while maintaining compression.

Attention swimrunners: win a Garmin fēnix 5

Garmin’s fēnix 5 is the only sports watch on the market which features a swimrun app that allows you to switch between swimming and running as many times as you wish. And now you can win a fēnix 5 with ÖTILLÖ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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