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.
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.
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 …
Dream of qualifying for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship? Here’s a list of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and Merit Races this year that can turn your dream into a swimrun reality.
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.
Eva Fridman feels most alive when swimming in the cold open water. Here the swim coach encourages women to try swimrun and offers advice on taking those first daunting strokes.
Camille Marchand and Julien Antoine, aka UL’Team, were struck by cupid’s arrow at the 2016 ÖTILLÖ WC when they were racing with other partners. Today, they live together, train together and swimrun ÖTILLÖ together.
Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver – aka the Ekman brothers Jonas and Lars – had a phenomenal 2017 season, blowing away the Engadin course, and coming 2nd at the ÖTILLÖ World Championship. This year, they’re looking for first place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crownhealth’s foray into sports nutrition began with the birth of Actido, pure cucumber extract, known for its effective anti-inflammatory action. Their simple 4-step program complements your diet while improving exercise performance and promoting a faster and complete recovery.
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.
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.
A spot at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ WC tops every swimrunner’s Christmas List but you can never have enough training gear either.
Nicolas Remires continues to help take swimrun to the next level. After offering a free 12-week training programme, the personal trainer is back with Team Envol, the first swimrun club.
Fanny Danckwardt and Sarah Hansson finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC in 10:49:14, a time that placed them second in the Women’s Category. The sports marketing expert and personal trainer have set up the Wild Coast Swimrun – a training camp for women only.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Ida Enstedt, a marketing coordinator for Garmin Nordics and part of the team responsible for developing Garmin’s swimrun app, first initiated the collaboration between Garmin and ÖTILLÖ with two successful Garmin sponsored teams. That got her well and truly hooked with the sport and the World Championship.
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.
Just because the ÖTILLÖ season has finished, it doesn’t mean you’ve stopped training. And even though it’s winter, you should be thinking about hydration if you want to get the most out of the hours you’re putting in.
Those of you who have participated in a few ÖTILLÖ events have probably come across me in the water on one of the swims along the racecourse, popping up from nowhere in my wetsuit and chasing you, almost a little too close, or putting the camera in your face when you least expect it. Sorry, but I like spending time in the water!
Fancy a fresh physical and mental challenge working as part of a team? Done a triathlon, maybe an ironman, a marathon and want to experience something different? Then swimrun would be a good place to start. Most races offer a short and long course, so you can select a race that’s right for your team’s strengths.
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!