Race Report: Åland Swimrun 2017

“I have been to hell and back and let me tell you it was EPIC” The cold water of the Baltic Sea was not only beginning to affect my judgement, it was in full blossom. I could only think of two things: a hot sauna and “What the hell are we doing here”. When first I got into the business of running in a wetsuit and swimming in shoes some …

Lostwater Swimrun Orienteering – Your own way through nature

Imagine standing before a swimrun race not knowing exactly where and how far you will go. A few seconds to start and you lean forward, preparing to pick up the waterproof map placed on the ground, back up.   That Swimrun Orienteering origins from Sweden is perhaps not so hard to imagine. Both Swimrun and Orienteering cultures are strong here. The Founder and Race Director Erik Froode is exited about …

The Day After ÖtillÖ – How the body recovers

WoW, what a race. Tough conditions and challenging elements, just like it should be. ÖtillÖ really presented itself from its best side, the raw beautiful nature! And still we saw sub-8 hour times! But how does +75 km of fighting in these harsh conditions affect the body, and what should you think about when trying to recover? Apart from pizza and beer, there are some quick tips to have in …

The WoS ÖtillÖ Special – Your Complete Guide To The WC Race

It’s time! – The world championships of swimrun racing. 74.7 km racing on one of the toughest 1-day courses there is. ÖtillÖ – The original! We have all the info you need for the race, just scroll down and enjoy! Swimrun was born in 2002 when 4 friends challenged each other to see who could get themselves first from Utö to Sandhamn island by only running and swimming. A couple of years later Erika Rosenbaum dubbed the sport swimrun, …

Guides to Swimrun Equipment

*The links doesnt work but you can search for each article in the top corner /The WoS Team 1. The basic set-up Wetsuit How to buy the correct sized wetsuit Shoes What is the best shoe for swimrun?                 Goggles  Which type of goggles to use            2. Equipment to improve performance Paddles             Pull buoy Pull cord Swimrun calfs Neoprene …

Should you change your running shoes or not?

As researchers, the WoS Team every now and then stumble upon articles that could be of interest to the swimrun-community. Even though swimrun is a sport by itself, it’s too young for research to have picked up on it. In the mean time we’ll have to do with science coming from the running or the swimming domains. Below is some interesting research for you sci-nerds out there, on the topic of …

A closer look at Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR and Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium HR

It’s correct. Suunto doesn’t have a swimrun-mode. Yet. We hear it’s in the pipeline in a forthcoming update, but without an official release date. So, if you plan to use the Suunto for swimrunning and to include transitions, you’re left with the old trick of using any custom sports mode and push the lap-button when changing segment, which works great by the way. You’ll still get the overall speed GPS …

Risks and dangers for racers in Swimrun

As a prelude to the discussion about the risks of Swimrun on the body, it seems essential to present this activity in full expansion in Europe and throughout the world. There were 40 races in Europe (2-3 countries maximum) but today there are more than 50 events in France alone. France being the second nation after Sweden the cradle of the discipline in terms of race and competitor. But this …

2017 Swimrun Equipment Test Results – SHOES

Besides the wetsuits shoes are the most important item in swimrunning. First of all they have to fit and to be comfortable for you. Furthermore it is interesting how the shoes work on different grounds – stone, forest trails and narrow paths – both dry and wet. As you’re going to swim with it (most of us will do so) it’s also a question of draining the water and performing …