The transition from swimming to running
|Highest governing body||World Swimrun Federation - Switzerland|
|First played||Twice September 2006 in Sweden - Solo August 2014 in Italy|
|Mixed gender||Twice (Both male, women's, mixed teams), Solo (one man or woman)|
|Type||Endurance sport, open water. Running.|
|Equipment||Pull Buoy, Poll Paddle, Shoes, Wetsuit.|
|Country or region||Originated in Sweden, but races have been starting from 2014 in others European Countries (Italy, Switzerland and Norway), from 2015/2016 rest of Europe, Australia America and Asia|
A Swimrun is a multiple-stage competition which involves participants running and swimming over a cross-country race course or loop-course that involves at least 2 transitions between the swim and run stages of the race.
In 2002 Anders Malm, the owner of Utö Värdshus (the finish line hotel of ÖtillÖ), his friend Janne Lindberg and some of his staff (the Andersson brothers) had a late night in the bar. They challenged each other – “Last team of two to Sandhamn pays for hotel, dinner and drinks”. Two teams of two started the next morning with the only rule being that they had to pass the three different restaurants on the islands between the start and the finish. The last team at the restaurant had to drink and pay what the team ahead of them had ordered for them. It took them more than 24 hours and they were too tired to party on arrival. They tried again the year after with the same result. They're referred to as Original 4.
In 2006 Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott were asked if they could make a commercial race out of their crazy challenge. The first couple of years only 11 teams started and only two managed to finish within the time limits. Then something happened and the teams learned that the only way to race is by not stopping, with constant movement.
Unlike the original course set by the creators, Utö became the finish line while Sandhamn became the start. The race became known as ÖtillÖ (Island to island), Today the race is internationally recognized as the Swimrun World Championship and has been ranked by CNN as one of the toughest races in the World. It was also later mentioned by one article as one of the toughest 1-day endurance races in the world, and is currently the standard when it comes to rules and style of racing.
The style of racing picked up the name "Swimrun", given in 2011 by Erika Rosenbaum, one of the ÖtillÖ Swimrun World Championship podium finishers.
The first swimrun race done in warm water was Aquaticrunner XTriM ITALY and it started in 2014 on August 3. It is an individual swimrun race and not a standard dual-team race such as in ÖtillÖ. The biggest different between Aquaticrunner and the Nordic races are two: the Individual/Solo race (no team) and that swimming tools are not permitted (no fins, snorkel, etc.) with the exception that a pull buoy is allowed (Paddle starting from 2017). The Other races done outside of Sweden in 2014 was: Rockman Swimrun and XTERRA Swimrun both in Norway, Engandina in Switzerland and Amphibianman in Italy (this was the first outside of Sweden done on May 10, 2014). Aquaticrunner 2014 was also the first Individual/Solo Swimrun done in the world and it was realized by Matteo Benedetti.
In 2015, the world's first Ultraswimrun, the Stockholm Archipelago Ultra Challenge (SAUC) took place, and is now considered the toughest available swimrun race in the world, stretching over some 250 km. SAUC is also the official Ultraswimrun open challenge.
Starting from 2015, around the world, the Swimrun has become a new type of competition that has gathered considerable support from its growing sport and triathlon community and several annual races have been started in the world, but foremost across Sweden. In fact in 2015 the ''World Swimrun Federation'' was founded in Switzerland. The objective of WSRF is to discipline, organize, promote, advance and spread out the sport of Swimrun throughout the wideworld.
The international focus has been growing in the last years, and in 2016 (2016-05-10) there are more than 180 known races in the world, in 19 countries and on 4 continents. In 2016 the swimrun scene has seen the birth of several swimrun leagues, such as the ÖtillÖ world series, The Copenhagen Swimrun Series, the Breca Swimrun Series, the Trispot City Challenge and the Italia SwimRun Series, however where all but one of the 15 races in and around the Italian peninsula are individual races.
In 2016 SwimRun Australia became the first SwimRun not only in Australia but also the southern hemisphere, bathing the way for the growth of SwimRun in the Asia-Pacific region.
Most swimrun races are completed in teams of two, but starting from 2016, there are many individual/solo swimrun in the world, starting from Italy (Italian Swimrun series 12 race), Love Swimrun, in Russia Swimrun 2015, in XTERRA Quebec Swimrun 2017, Canarie Swimrun 2018 and Uruguay Swimrun 2018.
What defines a swimrun is that its always carried out outdoors and in water where the goal is to go from a starting point to a finish point through a course with at least 2 swim and run sections. All the equipment that a participant starts with has to be carried all the way to the finish line. Even though swimrun urges participants to use flotation equipment, equipment larger than 100×60 cm is not allowed.
Because of safety measures a swimrun competition is usually carried out by teams but there are several races where you can race individually. There are three classes to compete in; either a men`s class, women`s class or a mixed gender class.
Given that swimrun is a cross-country race, there are no standards yet in terms of how far the total run and swim should be, or how many transitions there should be in a swimrun competition, like there is in sports related to swimrun such as aquathlon, biathle or triathlon.
The race levels vary in the world. There are no set race limits or race standards apart from having to compete in twos and as to what is constituted as a swimrun race. Currently the majority of races (2016) are spread among the following levels below (1st table).
The world standard swimrun distances are divided into 6 types, in accordance with the majority of available races including ÖtillÖ.
|Standard swimrun distances|
|Super Sprint||<=10 km|
|Sprint||>10.1 & <=20 km|
|Regular||> 20.1 & <=40 km|
|Long||>40.1 & <=75 km|
In Italy foremost, and few other European countries, a different distance scheme is used.
|Individual swimrun distances|
|Basic||2/8/4||3/11/n||> 5.1 & <=10k|
|Half||4/17/8||7/29/n||> 10.1 & <=21k|
|Full||8/34/14||12/35/n||> 21.1 & <=42k|
|Long||8/34/14||12/35/n||> 42.1 & <=75k|
|2015||55||12 (counting England and Scotland as different countries, otherwise
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