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 premiere.
“I really hope I can convey the joy and adventure when going your own way through nature, and it will be interesting to see what will happen when these two sports come together to form one”.
Swimrun Orienteering combines Swimrun and Foot Orienteering and will take you out on a boundless adventure where you as a team decide how to move from one checkpoint to another. One limitation is that you must use the designated water entry/exit points (WEPs). It is a safety precaution and also a way to control the amount of swimming. Besides that you are free to go your own way between checkpoints, both on land and in water. Checkpoint platforms has been designed and built where a standard orienteering checkpoint/marker pole is integrated.
“The platform development and also building the first three was fun. The last eight not as much”, Erik says and laughs.
The Swimrun Orienteering Premiere is held close to Stockholm, in Nacka nature reserve and Erstavik 23rd of September. The first competition is called Original Loops as the courses consist of loops, all with start/end in race centre Hellasgården. The Endurance course has 4 loops, total distance of 20 km straight. The Action course has 2 loops, 7,3 km straight.
Swimrun Orienteering is not all about physics. You need to be smart. Determine the best way for your team. Weigh swim distance against run distance and terrain. Erik finishes by adding
“If there would be a way to measure what team had most fun out there, I would use that for a separate prize ceremony”
Check it out. It will be a blast for sure!
/The WoS Team
(P.S. Rumor has it that there will be a swimrun party afterwards, so you better check it out! 😀 )