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.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Christmas Wish List

A spot at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ WC tops every swimrunner’s Christmas List but you can never have enough training gear either.

Nicolas Remires launches Team Envol, the first swimrun club

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 and Sarah’s excellent adventure: Wild Coast Swimrun training camps for women

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.

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.

Ida Enstedt creates Garmin swimrun app and becomes a WC swimrunner along the way

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.

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.

Why you shouldn’t forget about hydration during winter training

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.

Photo Pick: Jakob Edholm captures Engadin winner Salli Carlfjord

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!

Blog of the Month: Why we think you should swimrun in 2018 …

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.

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Photo Pick: Jakob Edholm captures Engadin winner Salli Carlfjord

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!

Blog of the Month: Why we think you should swimrun in 2018 …

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.

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.

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.

#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: 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.

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.

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.

Humanitarian response workers in Iraq team up for ÖTILLÖ swimrun in Germany

Sean Casey and Mitch McTough are both aid workers in Iraq working on the humanitarian response around the offensive against ISIS and the large-scale displacements the terrorist group has caused. They have teamed up for ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes in Germany on October 1. Their biggest challenge? Training in a 16-metre basement pool and running in 40-50°C (104-122°F) temps.

Breaking the 8-hour barrier: Lelle Moberg at ÖTILLÖ WC 2016

In 2016, Lelle Moberg and teammate Daniel Hansson smashed the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship course record crossing the finish line under 8 hours. This year, Lelle will be racing in spirit only as he cheers from the sidelines recovering from an injury.

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.

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