First SwimRun in USA announced
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Wed Jan 06 2016
”SwimRun has had an explosive growth in Scandinavia and Europe over the past few years. From the humble beginnings in the Swedish archipelago 10 years ago, there are now thousands of participants and over 50 races in Sweden annually. Races all over Europe are popping up and selling out. And now, finally, an American SwimRun race,” said Jonas Colting, 3-time winner of ÖTILLÖ and the only person to complete in all ten editions of the SwimRun World Championships.
“Maine’s Casco Bay is famed for its assorted islands of spectacular beauty that make it a natural location to stage the first ‘OTILLO-style’ SwimRun in the US”, says Jeff Cole, co-organizer of the event.
“Teams will experience scrambles over rocky island shores or stretches of remote beaches, running island roads of hard gravel, paved and grass surfaces, and woods trails through conservation lands as well as some remarkable fortification remnants from the Civil War that dot a few of the islands,” adds Cole, a lifelong Mainer.
Casco Bay Islands SwimRun is produced by Valhalla Sports Group in conjunction with USA-SwimRun and will be limited to 100 teams.
Applications for 20 team positions on merit consideration and 80 team race slots for a lottery pool will open on January 8 at usa-swimrun.com. There is no fee for the lottery or merit application entries. Merit team applicants will be required to submit a summary of each member’s record of competitive achievement that should include endurance and/or adventure racing, Ironman or other long distance triathlon, multisport or ultra distance competitions and any commercial sponsorship relationships. Race organizers will have sole discretion in selecting merit team candidates. Selections will be made of the most outstanding men, women, and mixed teams that apply for merit consideration. On April 3rd, a random drawing of lottery entries will be used to award the 80 lottery team slots. Successful merit and lottery winners will be required to submit their team's full registration details and race fee in full by April 6th, otherwise the unsecured spots will roll down to the next ordered merit applicant or lottery candidate drawn.
“The open water swims will require sighting and navigating strategies to better an estimated time to finish of 4.5 - 5 hours. Casco Bay Islands SwimRun will set the bar for the future of this unique endurance team sport in the US,” explains Cole.
Hopefuls are encouraged to visit the official ÖTILLÖ website and the Official Film ÖTILLÖ 2015 The SwimRun World Championship to learn more about this challenging event and gain insight on optimal gear selection.
For more on USA-Swimrun please visit: usa-swimrun.com
For more on Valhalla Sports Group please visit: www.valhallasportsgroup.com
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