September 11, 2022

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Return of the 2022 Kelowna Urban SwimRun:

After two years of pandemic uncertainty, there is a breath of normality in the air--and a lot of eager anticipation to get back to our normal activities. As of March 10th, the City of Kelowna has approved our application to run our event at Kinsmen Park, where the event has been hosted in recent years.  Yeah, baby--we are on!
To get everyone hyped on swim-run racing, we are introducing our lowest entry fee ever!  As always, we offer a guaranteed full refund (or rollover) should the event be canceled for whatever reason.  We will also offer two weekends of training swim-run training clinics for those who want to get introduced to running in a wetsuit and swimming in running shoes.  These clinics will be on actual parts of the course.
And this year, we will be proud to introduce our newest Race Director, Cory Krist, who is a well-known personal trainer, triathlete, and triathlon coach here in Kelowna.  He is pretty familiar with our event: With his partner Loris, Cory happens to own the Long Course course record! 
So, whether you are new to swim-run, or ready to sign up, read on.  For those already doing multisport events, this event is simply a series of swims and runs along the beautiful shoreline of Okanagan Lake--a great way to discover beach accesses and open water swims you never knew existed.  
This year, our event will be capped at 100 total participants (50 teams--male, female or mixed). We will allow solo participants for the short course.  However, if you are (so far) flying solo, but looking for a partner, we can help.
Questions? Email us at Info@swimrunkelowna.com.


Urban SwimRun

A Quick Primer on Swimrun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFLYeGXgV6wYes, we here in the Okanagan were the first in BC to host a "swimrun"--an introductory event in September 2017.   And no, this was not an Aquathon. Rather, swimrun is the newest and fastest growing endurance sport since triathlon was introduced in the late 1970s. While it seems simpler, with just swimming and running legs, it has new challenges for the endurance athlete, especially with the many transitions from running to swimming and back to running. And there are a couple of catches: you swim in your runners, and you run in your wetsuit. Oh, and you enter as pairs, whether men’s, women’s, or mixed.  Swimrun is a team sport--so it's no longer just about you!

In recent years the big swimrun events in Europe are all about off-road and open water adventure racing, with as many as 25 transitions between water and land, a decidedly primal way of enjoying big country. Part of the attraction seems to be the lack of need for high tech, expensive equipment and a return to raw abilities—you let the environment dictate your day with unpredictable and often rocky, steep trail runs, unsettled weather, and usually cold, active open water. Those who improvise and support each other as a team, and adapt best, prevail. To get a flavor of the essence of swimrun, check out the race summary either of the 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2021 Ötillö World Championships--humbling, indeed.

Here in Kelowna, we have created an "urban" version to introduce this new sport--with flat runs and shoreline swims, perhaps we should call it swimrun "lite"--more on that here.  So check out the sprint course here and the full course here.

Cliff and Avlyn finishing their 3rd swim
Swim in Your Runners

There's many swim and run legs, so no time to take your shoes on and off, nor would you want to carry them while swimming. Just keep them on for the entire race--you will be surprised how easy it is!

Run in Your Wetsuit

Taking your wetsuit off to run is time-consuming and difficult to put back on, so just get out of the water and run with it on--just unzip it if you get too hot. 


Although not mandatory for this event, many teams elect to tether themselves together to enhance drafting and safety in the water.

Swimrun Clinics

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Try out Swimrun - for FREE! Our clinics are intended for you to get your feet wet - to try swimming in runners and running in a wetsuit, even if you have not registered for our event! These clinics will occur on the two weekends before the event.  For the first one, show up just before 8 AM at Sarsons Beach on Sunday, August 28, and for the second one, show up at the same time at Kinsmen Park on Sunday, September 4.  Bring a friend, your wetsuit, and a pair of runners that will definitely get wet!

We are back for 2022!