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Equipment Equipment


SwimRun is very close to nature and its elements. Theoretically, you do not need a lot of equipment. Since there are no transition zones, you have to swim in your running shoes and run in your swimming clothes. It is allowed to use some aids. However, all equipment must be carried along the entire distance. This, at first, may sound complicated, but with a little training and adjustment it is easier than expected. 

Here is a collection of basic equipment, needs and our recommendations.


When swimrunning, there is no way to avoid water. If you swim along with other participants through the lakes, even the quiet and deep Rheinsberg waters are churned up.

Swimming goggles protect your eyes and give you a clear view under water. So, it is one of the few must-haves for SwimRunners.


A classic wetsuit as known from Triathlons will not be helpful in SwimRun races. Especially in summer, your body will heat up on longer running passages. To prevent this, the zipper of a SwimRun wetsuit must sit on the front. Providers such as HEAD swimming offer a great variety of SwimRun wetsuits. For beginners or newbies, tight-fitting functional wear is a proven alternative.

Please take into account that at SwimRun Rheinsberg, wetsuits are only allowed if the water temperatur is below 21,9° C.

If you do not want to give up this neoprene buoyancy aid, get yourselve some neoprene pants. These may be worn independent of temperature.

On raceday, the current water temperature will be available at the race number pick-up. Besides, you can get information at

Safety Buoy

If you want to do a SwimRun without a partner, we recommend taking a safety buoy along with you. The swimming parts may exhaust you more than expected, even if you are an experienced swimmer.

Although the swim sections of the SwimRun Rheinsberg are secured by lifeguards, an own buoy is still worth it. There are manually inflatable buoys or safety buoys operated by a CO2-cartridge.

Shoes and socks

We recommend a light running or trail shoe. The better the profile, the more useful the shoe as the shores might be slippery or hard to pass. Another important aspect is the water leakage of the shoes. Avoid shoes with too much foam or mesh material as it sucks full of water.

Wearing socks is equally important. A wet shoe gives you blisters. Socks reduce friction. Use a pair of socks which has proven itself in your longer runs.

In total, you should not wear your newest and most expesive running shoes and socks. SwimRun is very close to nature: It is not only getting wet, but also dirty.


Paddles are for crawlers and one of the most effective aids for swimming. When used correctly and with a good technique, they enlarge your palms and make you faster. But note: If you swim with paddles, you increase the water resistance and therefore need more energy to swim.

Basically, paddles should be just a little bit bigger that your own hand. Always keep in mind, that you need to train the use of paddles. Your shoulder and arms need to slowly adjust to the higher strain.

Running belt

If you want to be a more dedicated SwimRunner, you will not get around a (running) belt. This little piece of equipment makes it easer to carry your SwimRun stuff around: You can hook up the SwimRun rope, attach a First Aid kit, the pull or safety buoy and even use a carabiner to hang your drinking cup.

Swimming cap

Wearing a swimming cap on the swimming sections is obligatory for all participants. You will get one along with your race kit.

It reduces the water resistance and is a safety measure. Because of its radiant colour, other participants and our lifeguards can see you better in the waters.

After the race, you can keep the swimming cap.

Pull Buoy

At the SwimRun, you may use almost any swimming aid. The most common is a so-called pull buoy. It is conveniently shaped to fits between the thighs. Made of foam, it optimizes your horizontal balance and makes you faster.

There are special SwimRun editions. With the help of elastics, you can attach the pull buoy to the thigh and simply turn it to the outside when running. So, you do not need to carry it around with you.

SwimRun rope

According to the SwimRun rules, team partners must not be more than 10 meters apart. This applies to both, the land and the water passages. A correspondingly long rope attached to both team members helps them to keep this rule.

Besides, using a rope can bring significant benefits in terms of safety and efficiency, especially in the water. Being connected to your team partner, you can always be sure to know that your partner is close by. If he or she is having problems, you will notice it immediately.

In addition to that, slipstream swimming is a helpful technique to save energy. By staying close behind a lead swimmer, you can save effort by "surfing" on the slipstream they've created in the water. It may not sound like much, but skilled drafting may actually reduce your perceived effort by as much as one-fifth. Switch roles at each swim section to keep efforts even.

Using a rope at the SwimRun Rheinsberg is not obligatory. This may be be different at other SwimRuns, especially in the Ö-Till-Ö competitions.