All roads in Allgau ends uphill – The October Fest Swimrun Race

When we approached the registration, I had already had it with all this winter-induced rain pouring down. I mean, c’mon. How much can it actually rain? Turns out, quite a lot and strong winds as well. I hate it when it rains sideways. ‘It’s snowing on the mountains’, I heard someone say in broken “germ-lish”. Bloody hell. Cold swims, not really what I’m after at the moment. But then again, …

Can last year’s record times be broken? It’s time for 74.7 km racing on one of the toughest 1-day courses there is, ÖtillÖ – The original!

It will rain the night before. The start will be wet. It’s a very hot summer and the water is warmer than usual. The winds will be strong but coming from the west side. There are many new faces from all over the world looking strong and with great results from previous races. There will be drama! We have all the info you need for the race, just scroll down …

The 2019 World Swimrun Shoe Test

Historically, there have been few specific swimrun shoes on the market except for Salomon, Salming or Vivobarefoot. In general, people tend to use the shoes they normally wear for regular trail running and on occasion shoes for harder surfaces like tarmac or compact gravel roads. It is for this reason we see most of the brands popular with runners being represented. However, as swimrun grows in popularity, we are seeing …

Did we mention there were some waves?

Authieman, swimming in four waters

700 swimrunners on a large sandy beach. 700m to run, and a buoy 500 further away. Guaranteed melee. Add to that waves and strong tide current, and you’re in for a tough first swim. Centred around Berck-sur-mer in the North of France, 1h drive from Calais, the Authieman is unique as it passes through the sea, a river, a lake … and a tiny swimming pool at the very end. …

The World’s First “Last Person Swimrunning” – An UltraSwimrun Adventure in the Stockholm Archipelago Backyard

You’ve probably heard about the backyard ultra-concept, an idea coming from Laz, the founder of the now legendary Barkley Marathons. The last person standing A Backyard Ultra (BU) is a race where challengers run the distance of 6706 meters (4.167 miles) in a loop and within 1 hour. Every full hour a new loop starts, and the challenge continues until there is only 1 person left standing and alone finishing …

The 2019 Official World of Swimrun Wetsuit Test – A New Era in Swimrun Wetsuit Development

In April 2019, 8 experienced swimrunners from 7 nations travelled to Lake Orta, Italy, as part of the World of Swimrun gear test. Amongst the products being tested were 16 new to market, swimrun specific wetsuits from 10 different brands. Over 4 days, the team swam, ran and repeatedly tested the wetsuits on a fixed loop swimrun course, which included open water swimming, entries and exits and running both up …

Swimrunning in cold conditions – Utö swimrun coming up

Up next week is Utö swimrun, which this year seem to become a cold race. Expected weather forecast In the links below you will find a good indicator of what the weather will be like at Utö. Remember that Stockholm archipelago is well-known for its occurring sea breeze, which can affect the wind direction. YR.no SMHI (click on Idag = Today or Måndag = Monday) Expected wind Windguru Expected water temperature SMHI …

Customisation is key at World of Swimrun’s Equipment Test 2019

Short leg wetsuits with removable sleeves, interchangeable flotation and base layers with pockets are the key trends emerging from World of Swimrun’s 2019 independent equipment test which took place in Orta San Giulio, Italy last weekend. Whether you are seasoned racer or training for your first swimrun, World of Swimrun’s test results are the place to look before you buy swimrun equipment. “We are excited to see brands experimenting with …