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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Race Directors’ Moment: 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 …

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?

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

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

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

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

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!

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 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

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

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

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

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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