Merit Race #14: BinSwimrun, Morocco
BY FAIROUZ CHBANI
BinSwimrun in Morocco is the first ÖTILLÖ Merit Race on the African continent. After Hassan Baraka competed at the 2015 ÖTILLÖ World Championship, his wife Fairouz decided to organise a swimrun in Bin El Ouidane in the Azilal Province.
With the sometimes sandy, sometimes rocky red earth, the blue sky and the turquoise water of the magical lake, the small islands make a perfect playground for this discipline.
The first edition of BinSwimrun in 2017 brought together more than 120 participants from all over the world and helped to introduce Moroccans to this new sport. “We are very proud of this swimrun and we hope to see it grow every year,” say Fairouz and Hassan, who are passionate sportsmen and work together to develop the sport in their country.
BinSwimrun is also an eco-friendly event with each edition designating a day of environmental protection awareness organised with children from the region. Additionally, this year’s second edition on May 6, 2018, will be under the Honorary Presidency of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. “We really wanted to give back to nature and add an ecological element to our event. The sport is great but an eco-sport is even better!”
Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue #7 (May 2018)