History of Swimrun
Since the the swimrun original ”ÖTILLÖ” was launched back in 2006, the sport has seen a constant growth. Happy amateurs, nature freaks, adrenaline junkies, swimmers, runners and triathletes have understood pleasure of combining running and swimming in breathtaking environments using purely their own body and mind. Swimrun racing has literally exploded in popularity in Scandinavia and the sport is now getting recognized globally. We are pleased to offer the first ever Urban based Swimrun in the USA. For free. Thanks Rockman for the intro.
Swimrun racing is about getting from A to B in teams of two along a pre-marked course consisting of a number of runs and a number of swims. Teams are normally equipped with wetsuit, a pair of shoes, some compulsory safety gear and other equipment the teams wish to bring, such as paddles, buoys and fins. For more information, have a look at this swimrun and equipment guide.
10 swims, 10 runs, 1 city
In 2015, we came back from Norway frozen, defeated and truly inspired. It was our first attempt at the now infamous Rockman Swimrun. Like endorphin crack addicts, we looked around the USA for a similar experience that summer only to look out the window and realize that we had our own playground. So one morning in the summer of 2015, we took what little knowledge we gained from our Norwegian experience and applied the same principles to the coast line of Chicago.
On a typical gray Chicago morning, we drove down to the south side of the city to leave one of our cars at the 63rd parking lot. From there, we drove back up to the northern city limit of Chicago. Once we geared up, we knew we were in new territory. For the way we looked at Lake Michigan was altered forever. It wasn't just a body of water, it was an entire new playground with a bounty of unique challenges. We encountered beaches, piers, cliffs, boulders, grasslands, world class museums, hot dog stands, a cornucopia of cultures, tons of strange looks and a new perspective on what's possible in an urban arena. For many years, we left the city for adventure. Now all we had to do was jump in the water with running shoes on.
In 2016, we invited a few folks to join in the experience and as they say, the rest is history.
This is not an official race. It's a gathering of like minded individuals who want to a enjoy a day absorbed in challenge and exploration. All the while pushing your body in ways you didn't know possible. There will be no fans, very little support, no finishing medals, and a back to basics approach. You will be be responsible for yourself and your partners safety.
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