What is Swim / Run – Ottillo racing?
Quite simply you run to water, swim to an exit point and repeat along a marked course until you reach the finish. Runs are on average from our experience 2-4 km with swim legs between 400m and 1500m. Although we did one in Croatia where the longets swim was over 3km across the ocean between islands.. 1000 Lakes race just north of Berlin was 42km in total with 34km running and 8km swim. Imagine the London marathon but you have to swim the last 5 miles.
Needless to say, races come in all shapes and sizes so choose the course you can manage. We seem to pick ones that take us 7 hours to complete!
‘We’. Yes, you race with a partner. This makes it great fun. There are challenges in this. You need to be similar abilities. Try judging this over a 7 hour race when at times one of you will be feeling strong as the other is finding it hard. We always swim tethered together so one can draft and sight. It’s also safer because In the sea you always know where your partner is swimming which helps.
Training is also fun. I think they are the best workout we do each year. Run, swim, run. Sometimes wild swimming but always with others for safety.