Otillo: Another crazy two-sport event

We’ve got run-bike-run (my favorite), swim-run, swim-bike, and, of course, swim-bike-run, and now we have swim-run-swim-run…and so on.

A Feb. 15 Triathlete magazine feature profiles Ötillö, a newly popular endurance sport where teams of two swim and run between and over 26 islands near Sweden. Grand total the teams swim more than 10K and run about 40K—consider it a long-distance, multi-Aquathon.

Otillo swimrun
Water, cold!

Race director Jeffrey Cole brought the idea to the U.S. with the Casco Bay Islands Swimrun in Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay. The 2017 edition will take place on August 13. Other swimruns have popped up in San Diego, California; Richmond Virginia; and Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina.

Read all about the super-swimrun craze here.

As for me, the swimming-averse one, I’m sticking with duathlon. However, with all the rain we’ve been getting in Northern California, we might be able to pull off something like this in the middle of Oakland!

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