The EPICBLUE Championship Series 2020 officially launches

Meridian Adventure Race is proud to announce this three-part endurance series that promises to not only grant the adventurous-at-heart the opportunity to explore their personal limits but also to discover new destinations.

This first-of-its-kind multisport challenge invites you to encounter three of the most amazing outdoor sites in the world: Finale Ligure, Italy; Izmir, Turkey and the remote islands of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

“We are not only aimed towards adding a new sense of adventure to multisport formats but to also support the conservation imperative of creating healthy and abundant oceans. As people who love the outdoors, we believe in protecting it.” – Matteo Testa, EPICBLUE Race Director

Meridian Adventure Race Series Destinations

EPICBLUE is honoured to have partnered, alongside Plastic Oceans – an International nonprofit organisation raising awareness about plastic pollution to inspire behavioural change. More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually, yet more than 90% of all plastic is not recycled. At least eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year—equal to a garbage truck per minute. Through solutions-focused films and digital content, Plastic Oceans promotes a global movement to rethink plastic.

Meridian Adventure Race and Plastic Oceans

All three races will be aimed towards not only raising funds for Plastic Oceans’ conservation efforts but to also encourage ocean education through various activities with the local communities and government of each race location. The EPICBLUE Series was founded with the sole purpose to utilise a collective of outdoor enthusiasts to help amplify the cause of creating thriving oceans – and that is the reason why we refer to EPICBLUE as a MOVEMENT!

“In the spirit of doing things differently, we have also decided to back each race with €6000 prize money and to offer unparalleled prizes for those teams who walk away with an overall win of the series.” – Matteo Testa, EPICBLUE Race Director


SWIMPADDLERUN – Raja Ampat, Indonesia

The first race to kick off this year’s series will be the highly anticipated and one-of-a-kind SwimPaddleRun held in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, on 11 June 2020. This is a high-endurance event that crosses diverse terrain to combine all of the locale’s adventure offerings into one race. It will take participants along the coastline of the most biodiverse region in the world!

Epic Blue Raja Ampat Indonesia

You will run through colossal jungles that weave across rugged mountain terrain, before meeting water so crystal clear, you just might see the lush coral gardens beneath you as you glide over it during the swim and paddleboard sections.

Swim Paddle Run Indonesia

COURSE DETAILS

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 19 KM

Swimming: 4km

Swim Sections: 1

Paddle-Boarding: 5km

Paddle Sections: 1

Trail Running: 10km

Run Sections: 1


SWIMRUN – Izmir, Turkey

One month later, the EPICBLUE Series will hit the beautifully challenging rugged terrain of the Aegean Coast in Turkey with a SWIMRUN held in Sığacık, on 26 July, 2020. Turkey’s historic coastline grants participants the opportunity to glide through turquoise waters of the bay before facing pine tree hillsides, rocky avenues and tangerine gardens. The local community is vibrant, relaxed and follow a ‘live-and-let-live’ culture that values family, community and good old-fashioned fun.

Meridian Adventure Race Turkey

The sport normally involves teams of two, however with our EPICBLUE SHORT EXPERIENCE you have the option to register as a solo participant as well.

SwimRun Turkey

COURSE DETAILS

LONG ENDURANCE

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 28,6 KM

Swimming: 6,6km

Longest Swim: 1,2km

Swim Sections: 11

Trail Running: 21,9km

Longest Run: 4,6km

Run Sections: 12

SHORT EXPERIENCE

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 8,6 KM

Swimming: 768m

Longest Swim: 449m

Swim Sections: 2

Trail Running: 7,7km

Longest Run: 2,8km

Run Sections: 3


SWIMRUN – Finale Ligure, Italy

Finally, be challenged by the last part of the EPICBLUE Series with a SWIMRUN held in Finale Ligure, Italy, on 26 – 27 September 2020 as part of the Flow Outdoor Festival. The Finale Ligure district is one that will energise and inspire and the region is best known for its majestic coastline, cliffs and caves, which make for the perfect setting for adventure.

SwimRun Italy

COURSE DETAILS

LONG ENDURANCE

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 24 KM

Swimming: 5,5km

Longest Swim: 1,5km

Swim Sections: 10

Trail Running: 17,5km

Longest Run: 5,5km

Run Sections: 11

SHORT EXPERIENCE

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 14 KM

Swimming: 2,5km

Longest Swim: 0,6km

Swim Sections: 2

Trail Running: 10,5km

Longest Run: 5,5km

Run Sections: 7



EpicBlue Finale Ligure SwimRun

Testimonial – Finale, Ligure Italy 2019

“The warm sea, the dramatic cliffs and the mix of technical trails and fast runs along the coast, made the race an epic adventure. We have participated in swimrun and adventure races all over the world and can highly recommend EpicBlue Swimrun in Finale Ligure for both advanced athletes as well as beginners. The event was well prepared by an ambitious organisation with attention to details. The course was beautiful and challenging and we hope to come back in the future. “

Kristin Larsson & Annika Ericsson,

3 times ÖtillÖ World Champions 2016 – 2018

Winning Team [Women] Long Endurance EPICBLUE Finale Ligure 2019

Awards – EPICBLUE Series Ranking

EPICBLUE establishes an overall ranking between the three stages (Finale Ligure, Italy; Izmir, Turkey; and Raja Ampat, Indonesia), but only for the LONG ENDURANCE courses. This creates a championship series each year and designates, at the end of the three stages, the EPICBLUE CHAMPIONS in each category: Men, Women, and Mixed.

At the completion of the 2020 EPICBLUE Series, the first three teams of each category (Men, Women, and Mixed) shall be rewarded. These awards include registrations for other events and INCREDIBLE, AMAZING, UNBELIEVABLE Meridian Adventure SAIL experiences to the value of USD $200,000 each.

EpicBlue Series Championship Prizes

THIRD POSITION IN SERIES

MEN | WOMEN | MIXED

  • Third Place EPICBLUE 2020 Championship Award
  • Registration to SWIMSARDINIA CAMP 2020
  • Registration to EPICBLUE Finale Ligure or Izmir 2021

SECOND POSITION IN SERIES

MEN | WOMEN | MIXED

FIRST POSITION IN SERIES

MEN | WOMEN | MIXED


These events are definitely going to sell-out fast with entries opening on 25 January 2020. As an incentive to enter early, each race has an early bird fee, so don’t delay!

For more information, contact the Meridian Adventure Race EPICBLUE Team at mt@meridianadventures.com