What is a SwimRun?
The SwimRun is a sports competition for passionate and nature-loving endurance athletes. It is a wild mix of cross-country running and swimming through open, flowing or calm waters without changing the clothes in between. The attraction lies in the repeated discipline change from swimming to running or vice versa.
Unlike the Swim & Run, Triathlon or the Duathlon, there are no transition zones. Swimming aids are allowed. However, any equipment must be carried along the entire route. It is easier than one might initially think. You can find recommendations and advice in the equipment section.
Traditionally, you swimrun along with a partner never leaving his or her side. Being in a team increases the fun and the satisfaction in the finish. Mutual motivation and support is key for a successful SwimRun. Find our race regulations on a separate page.
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The elite field for the wheelchair race is being finalized. The women and men competing in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON are the best in the world. Manuela Schär will again participate in the women’s race. The most successful female Swiss wheelchair athlete has already crossed the finish line four times in Berlin. Last year's winner, the Canadian Brent Lakatos (1:29:41 hours), and the second placed Marcel Hug (SUI) will come back to Berlin.
On September 29, the elite of the marathon world will be at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. But the top German field also holds some aces up its sleeve that hope to trump the competition on the streets of the capital. And these streets are not foreign to them.
As Anna Hahner explained: “I will be standing at the starting line of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the fifth time, and I've never had the feeling that it's my home race as much as I do this year. This year I started running for the SCC EVENTS PRO...
“We expect a men’s race with top performances. There’s not much likelihood of a world record attempt but the times are likely to be very fast. In addition, the battle for victory could be a thrilling one that may well last until the final few kilometres,” said the race director Mark Milde, who is still recruiting more top performers.
Nestled in the Stechlin-Ruppin Nature Park, Rheinsberg and its suroundings offer numerous lakes of different sizes. Just an hour's drive north from Berlin, it is the perfect setting for a SwimRun. The comparatively short distances and calm waters make an ideal start for single starters or SwimRun teams.
The main route with eight swimming and running sections is about 23 km in total. In addition, there is a short distance of about 11.5 km and a Bambini Run for kids and Youth SwimRun for Teens.