SwimRun is a combination of teamwork, endurance and adventure. It is a challenging event completed in teams of two. Participants will alternate between trail/wooded runs and open water swims all while staying within 10-meters of their partner. The inagural 2018 SwimRun Lake James is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina and offers rolling terrain with beautiful lake waters. Teams of 2 will tackle about 4 miles of swimming and 13-14 miles of running. The course will have about 17 run sections and 16 swim sections.
An application is required for each team/team member to participate in the race. Applications are open until March 15th 2018.
We will select a limited number teams based on athlete resumes and experience. Each team application will be evaluated and selected teams will be awarded a slot.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS, TEAMS MUST SUBMIT ONE APPLICATION FOR 2 TEAM MEMBERS. ANY "TEAM" ENTRY WITH ONLY ONE MEMBER WILL BE DISCARDED.
Teams that are awarded slots will be required to submit their team fee to ensure entry into the race. Failing to do so may forfeit the team slot, which will be rolled down to the next team. Applications will be accepted until all slots are taken.
The origin of SwimRun began in Sweden in 2002 with a bet and has turned into the now famous and very tough Island to Island (ÖTILLÖ) race, where teams of 2 (dependent on each other) run across an island, swim to the next one, run across that island, and swim again etc etc. ÖTILLÖ is now the World Championship event with 65km of running and 10km of swimming spread out over 20 islands.
Hopefuls are encouraged to visit the official OTILLO website and the Official Film: OTILLO 2016 The Swimrun World Championship to learn more about this challenging event and gain insight on optimal gear selection
Wetsuits covering the full torso and upper thighs at a minimum are MANDATORY for each athlete. Each team must have a whistle, compass, and compress bandage.