The SWIMRUN event took place Saturday 28 September 2019, as part of the Flow Outdoor Festival and offered two awe-inspiring courses to choose from.
The LONG ENDURANCE with a total distance of 23km and the SHORT EXPERIENCE with a distance of 13km only.
Participants eagerly left from the church square, to run through the narrow streets of the City Centre. Surrounded by the inquisitive crowd and international teams of the Enduro World Series, participants crossed over to the seaside promenade, winked at Riviera Beach Volley tournament and finally reached the beach before jumping into the water for the first swim section. The conditions weren’t the easiest, with long waves as well as a few racers encountering jellyfish – further adding to the challenge.
Overall – participants were impressed with the course, alongside the immense beauty of the area.
The trail section up to Capo Noli was challenging but truly beautiful as well as rewarding. Participants were able to look down and take in the vast pool of ocean they just emerged from. The pockets of clouds in the sky offered a great break from the sun and allowed for very pleasant temperatures.
Tired – that’s inevitable but satisfying – and the credit goes to the immense beauty of the landscape, the sea, the cliffs and the trails. The format of the competition, with teams of two, inspired by the Ötillö race from Sweden, is another signature feature. Maybe that’s what helped the two Swedish Annika Ericsson and Kristin Larsson, champions in that circuit, to perform so well today: crossing the finish line third overall, after the two local triathletes Federico Gallo and Claudio Gaino and the winners, the two French brothers Cadiere, Romain and Renaud.
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