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California SwimRun coaches (Sean & Andy) do crazy sports: English Channel swim, Ironman, X-C skiing, rowing, Catalina Channel Relay swim, Ragnar Relay, PCT hike, etc. In May 2015, they competed in UTÖ SWIMRUN...39 km of running across & swimming between islands in Sweden: http://www.utoswimrun.se . And, if that was not enough, they went back to Sweden in Sep 2015 and competed in the ÖTillÖ SwimRun World Championships...75 km of running across & swimming between islands in Sweden: www.otilloswimrun.com (http://www.otilloswimrun.se). Since then, they have competed in the Casco Bay SwimRun in Portland, ME and, the Loch-gu-Loch SwimRun in Loch Ness, Scotland.

Competitive SwimRun requires that you race in teams of two and stay together (within 10 meters) at all times, for safety and, to make the contest more challenging. Team members run and swim while wearing specially designed trail shoes and wetsuits throughout the entire race. There are no age handicaps in SwimRun events. Nutrition stations are located along the course but, there is no stopping, no gear-drop, and no transition stations…the teams bring all of the gear that they start with, to the finish line.

SwimRun is a rapidly growing sport throughout Europe as an alternative to traditional triathlons that are increasingly expensive and require a significant amount of gear (full wetsuit, bike, two pairs of shoes, etc.).

The positive benefits of SwimRun that athletes experience include: being able to train with, help and talk to a teammate all the time…especially during a race; lose weight and fat and gain overall muscle tone; the constant transitioning between running and swimming provides a routine cooling for the body, strengthens the core and back muscles; there isn’t the “exhausted” and “beaten-up” feeling that comes at the end of a marathon or ironman event where the same muscles are used repetitively over long distances; and, none of the clothing/gear has that “funky” smell from miles of running or biking because it gets rinsed in the ocean every 15-30 minutes.

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ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island - Sprint/Experience

Breaking news out of the ÖTILLÖ camp as co-founders Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott announce the first-ever ÖTILLÖ swimrun race outside of Europe. ÖTILLÖ promises unique races in unique places and they’ll certainly deliver with the new ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island on February 29 and March 1, 2020. Located 40 km off the coast of Los Angeles in southern California, Catalina Island is a conservancy-protected, geologic and environmental phenomenon. Racers in all three distances—Experience (7.7 km), Sprint (15 km) and World Series (38.3 km), which start and finish at the port town of Two Harbors—will get a glimpse of spectacular coastal chaparral and crystal-clear waters home to plant and wildlife species found nowhere else on earth. The average island air temperature between January and April is around 16°C, and the water is 14°C. There are two port towns on Catalina Island, Two Harbors with a population of 100, and, 25 km southeast, the Mediterranean-style seaside village of Avalon. There aren’t even stoplights in this 2-sqm town where the 3,000 year-round local residents, much like Isles of Scilly, depend on electric golf carts to get around, or walk. Everything is close in Avalon, and there’s accommodation (Boutique hotels to AirBnB) and dining for every taste and budget. Two Harbors is where all of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun race courses will start and finish but race participants, families and spectators will all stay in Avalon during the race weekend. There will be all-day, round-trip boat transportation between the two port towns. The easiest way to get there from Europe, fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Take a taxi or Uber to the closest ferry terminal, San Pedro, which goes to Avalon and Two Harbors. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island website is now live and registration opens on Wednesday, July 10, 2019: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/catalina/

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island - World Series Race

Breaking news out of the ÖTILLÖ camp as co-founders Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott announce the first-ever ÖTILLÖ swimrun race outside of Europe. ÖTILLÖ promises unique races in unique places and they’ll certainly deliver with the new ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island on February 29 and March 1, 2020. Located 40 km off the coast of Los Angeles in southern California, Catalina Island is a conservancy-protected, geologic and environmental phenomenon. Racers in all three distances—Experience (7.7 km), Sprint (15 km) and World Series (38.3 km), which start and finish at the port town of Two Harbors—will get a glimpse of spectacular coastal chaparral and crystal-clear waters home to plant and wildlife species found nowhere else on earth. The average island air temperature between January and April is around 16°C, and the water is 14°C. There are two port towns on Catalina Island, Two Harbors with a population of 100, and, 25 km southeast, the Mediterranean-style seaside village of Avalon. There aren’t even stoplights in this 2-sqm town where the 3,000 year-round local residents, much like Isles of Scilly, depend on electric golf carts to get around, or walk. Everything is close in Avalon, and there’s accommodation (Boutique hotels to AirBnB) and dining for every taste and budget. Two Harbors is where all of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun race courses will start and finish but race participants, families and spectators will all stay in Avalon during the race weekend. There will be all-day, round-trip boat transportation between the two port towns. The easiest way to get there from Europe, fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Take a taxi or Uber to the closest ferry terminal, San Pedro, which goes to Avalon and Two Harbors. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island website is now live and registration opens on Wednesday, July 10, 2019: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/catalina/

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