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DATE: Sunday August 11, 2019
LOCATION: Portland, ME
Inspired by the international swimrun race series ÖTILLÖ (island to island), originating in Sweden in 2006, SwimRun USA is pleased to bring you the only “ÖTILLÖ-style” swimrun event in North America!
Consisting of multiple, alternating swim and overland running legs (island roads, trails, and shoreline scrambles) between a variety of islands in Portland, Maine’s spectacular Casco Bay.
Inspired by the international swimrun race series ÖTILLÖ (island to island), originating in Sweden in 2006, SwimRun USA is pleased to bring you the only “ÖTILLÖ-style” swimrun events in North America!
Consisting of multiple, alternating swim and run legs (island roads, trails, and shoreline scrambles) our venues will be challenging both mentally and physically but will leave you inspired every step of the way.
SwimRun USA’s highlighted race is the two-person team event.
Not a relay, teammates must race the entire course together. You will rely on one another to get through the ups and downs along the way but the experience is like no other offered in endurance sports.
Equipment such as hand paddles, pull buoys, wetsuits and even swim fins are permitted by race rules. Certain safety gear mandated by race rules and hydration and race fuel can be carried too, but what one starts with, so too must they finish with. Changing from trail shoes to swim fins, or tending to awkward gear can chew up valuable time.
We will also hold a Solo/Individual division again in 2019.
Team members applying for consideration to the SwimRun USA events must meet at least one of the elements below within the past two years. You will be asked to provide a link to the particular event’s results page where this qualifying standard has been achieved.
All Long Course applicants MUST have attained one of the above elements to be considered for entry. Exceptions to these standards for Long Course applicants may be considered on an individual basis.
Short Course applicants with no prior open water experience when applying must demonstrate swimming proficiency before April 1, 2019 by a timed and witnessed (by pool staff on official letterhead) 1 mile pool swim in no more than 40 minutes.
A. SwimRun USA participants acknowledge and understand that an adventure/endurance event comprised of multiple and alternating transits of varied terrain and open water swims may present unique and unexpected hazards outside the control of race organizers, local governments and private property owners whose property the course may utilize. All participants are required to execute a Participant Waiver and Assumption of Risk prior to competing in the SwimRun USA event.
A. The race course will consist of alternating overland routes and swim legs on and between several islands within the Portland Maine region of Casco Bay. Overland routes will be casually marked at various points along the course. Swim exit points will be designated by yellow banners and strobes at selected points, but may not be immediately visible from the swim entry point. Maps of the course will be provided to athletes.
B. Any deviation from the marked course by participants shall be grounds for disqualification.
A. Mandatory equipment supplied by competitors must consist of
wetsuits worn by all competitors covering at a minimum, the torso and upper half of thighs. “Swimskins” or race suits are prohibited. Suits must be similar to swimrun specific suits such as blueseventy’s Alliance. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE TO THIS REQUIREMENT. Teams unable to produce such suits at the pre-race gear check will not be able to participate.
Recommended tether length is 8.5′, and it must not exceed 30′ when fully extended. Toggle carabiner or other quick release device must be at each end.
Failure to possess or use as required shall be grounds for disqualification.
B. Mandatory equipment supplied by race organizers
C. Recommended or Allowed Gear
D. Equipment NOT PERMITTED
E. All equipment listed at the pre-race check must accompany the teams at all times. Failure to meet this condition will be grounds for disqualification. Teams may be subject to a gear check following the completion of their race for conformity with this rule.
A. Aid stations will be sited at various island locations across the course for fluid replacement and nutrition. Special needs should be carried by the athletes as needed.
B. Medical personnel will be sited at various island locations and watercraft. Toilet facilities are not available due to the nature of the course, the utmost discretion is expected of athletes. Carry IN/Carry OUT.
C. Team members must remain together at all times throughout the event and cannot be more than 10 yards apart. Use of the tether during the swim is strongly suggested, if team mates are gapped by more than 10 yards at anytime, they are subject to disqualification. Race organizers reserve the right to make tether use mandatory as the weather conditions may suggest for safety purposes.
D. The race organization can refuse a team from continuing if they are judged to be incapable of competing safely due to fatigue or injury. Please take this in to account if you are considering the Long Course.
E. The race organization reserves the right to cancel the event, alter, shorten, hold-in-place or otherwise change the course at any time as a consequence of weather or other unexpected course conditions that may jeopardize the safety of athletes.
A. Checkpoints will be established on the Long Course that must be reached by a certain time in order to continue racing. Organizers reserve the right to modify these times during the race as conditions require.
B. A team that has abandoned the race shall report to the nearest checkpoint or race staff as soon as possible.
A. All athletes shall become familiar with, accept, and abide by, the race rules.
B. At all times, athletes shall be respectful of public and private property owners. Waste shall be disposed at designated aid stations ONLY. Toilet waste paper MUST be disposed of at designated aid stations, please carry appropriate supplies to conform to this provision. Failure to do so shall be cause for disqualification.
C. Athletes are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the risk of injury.
D. Athlete teams are REQUIRED to stop and offer aid, to the best of their ability, to fellow competitors in need, or as requested by race staff. Failure to do so will be grounds for disqualification without exception or recourse. This is the spirit of SwimRun that all competitors must abide by.
E. Athletes are required to attend a mandatory pre-race briefing in the afternoon prior to race day. This session will be held at a Portland area hotel on the mainland. Athletes failing to attend will not be permitted to race.
A. Participants agree to permit the race organization to utilize photographs, video or film images taken during the event for use in marketing, press accounts, or publicity in print or digital form over all mediums of transmission.
A WORD OF ADVICE – Being honest about your open water swimming skills will be the key to your joy or disappointment on race day. Please carefully consider if this event is for you.
THESE ARE ARDUOUS COURSES AND ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. It will entail dealing with tidal currents, possible wind, surface chop and ocean swells and require you to be competent with sighting skills in locating landing zones that may not be immediately apparent on an opposite shore. “Hard stop” check points must be reached within an established time frame in order to continue. Failing to do so will disqualify your team from continuing onward. Race management may identify teams that will not be permitted to complete the race at that point and return DQ’d teams to the finish venue as resources become available.
You NEED TO BE A COMPETENT AND CONFIDENT OPEN WATER SWIMMER. Neoprene wetsuits (swimskin suits are not allowed) covering the full torso and upper thighs at a minimum are MANDATORY, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Hopefuls are encouraged to view the official SwimRun Casco Bay Islands video from 2017 to learn more about this challenging event and gain insight on optimal gear selection. SwimRun Casco Bay Islands is produced by SwimRun USA LLC. SwimRun Boston is produced in partnership with ethos LLC. SwimRun San Juan Islands is produced in partnership with Quest Races LLC.
Should a team need to drop out prior to June 1, a full refund of the team fee will be made IF we are able to fill your team slot from the waiting list, otherwise the refund is limited to 50%.
After June 1, there are no refunds that will be permitted. All refunds are subject to a $1.00 service fee imposed by the registration vendor. Fees assessed by the RunSignUp vendor are not refundable.
Deferrals to the next year’s event(s) are considered under certain circumstances, however any price differential that may occur will be due at registration.
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