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 …

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and Merit Races 2018 Calendar

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.

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.

Freestyling with Eva Fridman, swim coach and lover of the open water

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.

For the love of swimrun: Camille Marchand and Julien Antoine are the UL-timate Mixed Team

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.

Look out Team Swedish Armed Forces, here come the Ekman brothers

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.

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.

4 steps to better performance and faster recovery … and it starts with a cucumber

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.

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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!”

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swimrun Life #2 2017 – A word from the editor

When I was in Hvar, Croatia; for the kick off to the ÖTILLÖ swimrun season, I popped my head into to hear Michael Lemmel giving a presentation on the history of ÖTILLÖ and the evolution of the sport of swimrun. My jaw dropped when he showed the cover of 220 Triathlon magazine with the headline “The Rise of Swimrun: The New Endurance Race to Rival Ironman?”

Race Directors’ Moment: a screaming start to the season

Only one team is left in the pursuit of one million Swedish Krona, but the boys in the Golden Jersey will be chased yet again by the top world teams at ÖTILLÖ Utö on May 28th. For an extremely intense course like this, the tougher your training conditions the better so that you can be ready for anything.

UTÖ: a tribute to swimrun

In 2013, Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel had more demand for the original ÖTILLÖ event than they could handle so they decided to do a qualifying race in late spring. It was a given that the first qualifier would be on Utö, as a tribute to the origin of swimrun.

ÖTILLÖ Legend #2: Navy Seal Joe

In 2007, a team from Navy Seals in San Diego signed up for “a new swimrunning race in Sweden. They arrived at Stockholm airport directly from a mission at an undisclosed location. Joe had been throwing up the whole flight. The next day, the pair were at the start and went for it.

Meet a World Champion: Kristin Larsson

As one of swimrun’s most exceptional athletes Kristin Larsson is one of a kind having won six swimrun races in 2016 and broken numerous course records. A mom to her three-year-old son, motherhood has not stopped her. In fact it seems to have made her stronger than ever.

Getting a-HEAD with the right swimrun

While everybody knows that swimrun originated in the Stockholm archipelago, it’s less known that the headquarters of HEAD Swimming, which produce swimrun wetsuits, is situated in the town of Rapallo, on the Mediterranean coast of northern Italy.

ÖTILLÖ Merit Race #7 – Solvalla Swimrun

Swimrun came to Finland in 2014 with the Solvalla Swimrun and began with only 16 teams at the full distance start line. Today, three years later, the number of participants has grown to some 100 teams split between sprint and full distance. And a middle distance “Solvalla Swimrun Endurance” was added last year, and provides an excellent opportunity for sprint racers to step up to the next level.

Swimrunners strike a pose

Swimming, running and yoga have more in common than you would think at first, with movements that are synchronised with breathing. Breath awareness from yoga can also greatly benefit a swimrunner. Sinta Soekadarova offers the best yoga poses to improve your range of motion and work on building muscle strength, while increasing flexibility.

Tuning into ÖTILLÖ Islands of Scilly with Zoe Perry

The moment Zoe Perry read the backstory of how ÖTILLÖ started in a pub as a bet, she didn’t need any more convincing. She knew right then and there that the Isles of Scilly would make the perfect swimrun destination.

Leave nothing but footprints

ÖTILLÖ founders Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel have support the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to ensure that the islands’ natural habitats can be fully explored by swimrun competitors in the least disruptive way to wildlife while still achieving that full island-to-island experience. Don’t miss the #2MinuteBeachClean on June 16.

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