Job search
Job Search

SwimRun

Born from adventure racing, SwimRun is a tough endurance sport where you compete in pairs, swimming in your trainers and running in your wetsuit. It may sound crazy, but it’s fast gaining momentum

by Kath Hudson | Published in Sports Management Sep Oct 2017 issue 133
Read on turning pages | Download PDF of this issue
SwimRun
SwimRun

The concept was created as a drunken bet by Swedish friends, Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel, who had the idea of racing across the Stockholm archipelago in 2006.

This course, ÖTILLÖ, has now become the SwimRun World Championships. It involves 10km of swimming in the cold Baltic sea and 65km of running on slippery rocks, island terrain and unbeaten terrain. There are now four qualifiers for it: the Isles of Scilly in the UK, 1000 Lakes in Germany, Uto in Sweden and Engadin in the Swiss Alps. Skott estimates that there were more than 200 SwimRun races organised in 2016. In 2017, SwimRun events took place across the UK in Scotland, Wales and England.

Nature and beauty
“The rise of SwimRun is due to three things primarily,” says Skott. “You race in pairs, meaning you’re dependent on one another and you share the experience together. The races are out in nature and you get to discover beautiful places without leaving a trace, and it’s a sport where the only thing you can do is to work with your partner and use each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”

Skott says the sport is about getting back to basics.

“It has nothing to do with trying to control your environment, time, or speed running and swimming, as these sections vary in terrain and difficulty,” he says. “It appeals to people who are tired of the expensive gear and of being in a controlled environment, who are interested in nature and other people and want to find a way to adapt, not conquer.”

For those interested in organising a SwimRun event, Skott says the course should be interesting, allow competitors to discover nature and be an experience. “Make it accessible to many, so do not go crazy on the distances,” he says. “Think safety, safety, safety – then fun, fun, fun.”

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: St Albans, United Kingdom

Duty Manager

Legacy Leisure
Salary:
Location: Windsor, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum (40 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Shadwell, East London

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum (40 hours a week pro rata)
Location: Barnet, North London

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Rossmore, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Nuneaton, United Kingdom

General Assistant

Legacy Leisure
Salary: £5.60 - £8.21 per hour
Location: Nailsea, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Bishop's Stortford, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.55 per hour
Location: Ruislip, UK
recruiting with sports management

Leisure Team Member Apprentice

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum
Location: Barnet, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £23,894 per annum
Location: Barnet, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum
Location: Brixton, London, UK

Sales and Fitness Manager

Lex Leisure
Salary: Competitive
Location: Erith, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.55 per hour
Location: Shepherd's Bush, London, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Alton, UK

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
recruiting with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Fleet, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Watford, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Washington, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stratford Upon Avon, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Alton, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: West Lindsey, United Kingdom

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Spelthorne, United Kingdom
training with sports management

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bordon, United Kingdom

Swim Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: up to £23k based on experience
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

Community Sports Officers

GLL
Salary: £25,655
Location: Hammersmith, London, UK

Marketing Executive

Parkwood Leisure
Salary: £25,000 to £28,000 per annum
Location: Worcester, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,008 per annum
Location: Hackney, London, UK

National Group Exercise Manager

The Gym Group
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  recreation assistant jobs  apprenticeships jobs  personal trainer jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  duty manager jobs  assistant manager jobs  general manager jobs  assistant general manager jobs  Catering Assistant jobs  Customer Services Advisor jobs 
More jobs
Opinion
promotion
As an industry, we still underestimate the power of a truly varied fitness regime - and the growing appetite for it, especially among emerging customer segments.
Read more >
Opinion: Collaboration vs aggregation - what’s the difference?

Video Gallery

TVS Sports Surfaces
Established in 2009 as a specialist supplier of noise and vibration solutions, The TVS Group has successfully evolved into four key strategic divisions; TVS Sports Surfaces, TVS Gym Flooring, TVS Play Surfaces and TVS Acoustics.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Technogym
Founded in 1983, Technogym is a world leading international supplier of technology and design-driven products and services in the wellness and fitness industry.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Trade in, trade up with Power Plate
To celebrate their 20th Anniversary Power Plate is pleased to launch its new trade in, trade up programme.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Diary dates

05-06 Sep 2019
TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal
21-22 Sep 2019
Locations worldwide,
23-26 Sep 2019
JW Marriott Turnberry Resort & Spa, Miami, United States
15 Oct 2019
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
More diary dates