About Swimrun2019-01-04T10:01:03+00:00

FAQ

I’m from the press and I would like to contact you.2018-12-21T16:13:13+00:00

Please send a mail to info@amphiman.be and we’ll provide you with the needed information.

Can I stay the night with my motorhome ?2018-12-22T10:18:05+00:00

At the race’s start area there is a very large parking lot for motorhomes.

There is also a large parking area a bit further down the road at holiday park “Landal”.

Are there showers available ?2018-12-22T10:21:05+00:00

Next to the entrance on the LEFT hand side there will be a shower trailer as well as a tent to change your clothes.

What is the air temperature during the competition ?2018-12-22T10:22:46+00:00

Belgian weather is full of surprises but we had temperatures above 20° Celsius the pervious editions.

What is the water temperature during the competition ?2018-12-22T10:25:43+00:00

In the month before the race we regularly measure water temperatures. The results are mentioned at the briefing.

I am not a fan of cold water…2018-12-22T10:26:57+00:00

That’s quite ok. The first swimming section is preceded by a short running section. That should warm you up, making the first swim less tough.

On top, all swimming pieces are relative short (max 700m). And in between the swimming parts, you will warm up very well because of the running. In fact after a while you will sweat so hard to start to long to cool down.

Which things we must pay attention to ?2018-12-22T10:27:46+00:00

There is a full page of Tips & Tricks to help you approach the competition under the best of conditions.

Is there a money prize ?2018-12-22T10:37:51+00:00

LLEH: Yes, there’s a prize for the top 3 teams in each category (Men, Women, Mixed) on the marathon distance
The prize money is obviously higher for the long distance.

You can check the respective sums via this link: LLEH Marathon details page

De Schorre: no prize money

Is the morning briefing mandatory?2018-12-22T10:38:20+00:00

No, we can not force you to come. However, your presence is highly recommended. During the briefing you will be provided with the latest important information such as the water temperature or any last-minute course changes. You have largely enough time to change into your race gear after the briefing.

Must we find our way alone (orientation) or is the course marked ?2018-12-22T10:40:19+00:00

The entire route is marked. On land usually with ribbons attached to the vegetation and arrows at more difficult locations. When
crossing the water a large flag on the opposite bank will direct your swim.

Must we stay together ?2018-12-22T10:42:09+00:00

Yes, and this absolutely mandatory.
The maximum distance allowed between team mates are 50 meters on land and 10 meters in the water.
If these distances are not respected, the organisation will hold stop the faster team member until he/she is joined by his/her partner. (see Rules 8.1 et 8.2)

In case of significant speed differences between team mates, you might consider attaching each other with a (elastic) rope.

Must we use the swim cap of the organization ?2018-12-22T10:42:35+00:00

Yes. It’s of good quality and looks nice.
The colour designates your category (Men, Women or Mixed). However you may consider wearing a neoprene cap underneath.

Must we report an abandonment ?2018-12-22T10:43:30+00:00

Yes, and we strongly emphasize this point.
Simply provide your team number to a member of the organisation
anywhere on route or at the finish. If not, you risk being considered lost. This would result in an emergency search and rescue operation
and unnecessary costs (see also Rule 8.4).

Can I participate without a wetsuit ?2018-12-22T10:43:48+00:00

No.
The water is too cold to enter it without protection. However, a short wetsuit is allowed.
If you do not possess a wetsuit, you might consider renting one.

Do I need to wear the bib all the time ?2018-12-22T10:45:08+00:00

Yes.
The bib/jersey must be worn at all times during the race. Not wearing can lead to disqualification.
You way, however, briefly remove it in order to open or close your wetsuit before or after a running section. Once done you must put your bib/jersey on again.

I got lost. What should I do ?2018-12-22T10:45:27+00:00

The best thing to do is to turn around and return on your steps until you find the course markings. The course can make weird turns. Taking shortcuts in the hope of regaining the track can be a very bad idea.

Stay tuned ! It takes very little to lose sight of the markings.

Are there any energy stations foreseen along the course ?2018-12-22T10:46:26+00:00

Yes, multiple energy stations are foreseen along the track offering a wide variety of products : sport drinks, water gels, bars, bananas,…
A wide range of products will also be available in the athlete village upon arrival.

The exact locations of those supply posts can be found on the track page.

Are there cutoff times ?2018-12-22T10:48:46+00:00

LLEH: There are cut-off times on the marathon distance. The cutoff times are published here.

De Schorre: no cut-off times.

I’m a spectator. What’s the best place for me to follow the race ?2018-12-22T10:52:15+00:00

The most spectacular points are the water exits where you can follow the teams’ approach.

Hotspots for spectators will be added to the course map.

Can we change our team name after subscription?2018-12-22T10:56:42+00:00

Yes you can

LLEH: You should have received a link to change it yourself after subscription.

De Schorre: Please send a mail to info@amphiman.be and we do it for you

Tips & Tricks

Based on our own experiences we can suggest the following:

  • All accessoires like paddles, pull buoy, rope and camelback are allowed. Just remember; the more objects you bring, the more likely something goes wrong.

  • Practise with a pull buoy to make sure you’re better off with than without one, if it helps during swimming, but hinders during running…

  • Choose paddles that are not TOO big. You roughly have to swim 2 or 4 kms with them. During the race you can’t decide not to wear them, you’ll have to carry them till the finish.

  • The secret is in the transitions. Make sure they go smooth and well.

  • While approaching the water, put on your cap while running, zip up your suit while running. So when you arrive at the water’s edge you’ll only have to put on your goggles and paddles.

  • When emerging from the water some people are more quick on their feet and able to run. Some experience dizzy spells. If you train properly these shouldn’t happen. So it is a matter of swimming short distances and running in between to get used to it.

  • Because of the rapid transitions between swimming and running it is possible to loose track of where you are in the race. ‘Where are we now?’ ‘How long is the next run?’ What most people do is write the distances on their paddle or arm as well as the energy stations, so you have synchronization points if you lost track.

  • At LLEH more than 30km needs to be ran on the marathon distance. A suit with long trousers will cause extra friction. It is strongly advices to cut your suit just above the knee.

  • During long running sections, usually the top of the suit above the hips is taken off to prevent overheating. A conventional suit with a zipper going up to close is beter, you can close these yourself while running. The modern wetsuits(the zipper going down to close) are better for a triathlon, but less suited for a swimrun.

  • Choose shoes that are light, easily allow water through and have good traction. You’ll be going over rocks, forest soil and sand with wet shoes. You’ll need the grip.

  • The water can be very cold in the beginning of May, a neopreen cap under the obligatory race cap is guaranteed to keep your head warm. Cold water can give you a splitting headache and can compromise your motor functions because of an undercooled brain.

  • For athletes that don’t have the exact same speeds, a rope between them can be interesting. But remember it is an extra parameter. Make sure it is a stretchable rope. During runs it will absorb any shocks. During the swims you’ll have the guarantee that your wingman is following.

  • Use colorless goggles. You have to be clearly able to see where you are going. Swimming in a straight line can save you a lot of trouble.

  • Consider using warm-up gels for the legs, arms and back. The first watercontact will be really cold. The next entries you’ll be warmed up plenty by all the running.

  • Some people put pieces of insulation in their compression socks instead of using a pull buoy (or use both)

  • Normally there are enough energy stations. If you would like to carry extra food, remember that you will have to run and swim. Solid foods can be a brick on the stomach. Keep it light and use regular or watergels.

History

The idea to Swimrun got a whole different dimension in 2002 when the brothers Jesper Andersson and Matts entered into a bet with Anders Malm, owner of the Vardshus hotel on the island Utö, to race as quickly as possible from Utö to Sandhamn by swimming and running on the islands. Two teams of two began the race to the Sandhamn hotel, the last team would pay for hotel, food and drink, and should eat and drink what the first team had ordered for them. They needed more than 24 hours the first time but it did not stop them to try again the following year. Ötillö was born (ö till ö, literally “from island to island”).

When Mats Andersson and Michael Lemmel were involved in these Swimruns some time later, there were soon several teams at the start (but not necessarily the finish). The race direction was reversed with the start at the hotel Sandhamn and the finish at the Utö’s Vardshus. Now there are 120 teams in three categories at the start (men, women and mixed) of what has become the world Swimrun championship (120 teams with athletes from 26 countries).

In Sweden the sport gained enormous popularity in a very short time and similar competitions are now organised all over the country. The sport is developing fast in terms of material and training level. Ötillö remains the reference and in order to participate in the race qualifiers have been introduced. The first qualifier to be organised outside Sweden was held in 2014 in Engadin, Switzerland.

After Jan Syryn and Dirk Beersmans had participated in both Utö Swimrun and ÖtillÖ ,organising a Swimrun in Belgium had become inevitable. Amphiman was born.

We went looking for a site in Belgium with swimming and running possibilities, providing both challenging nature and the necessary vertical meters.
In the end, only one site qualified : the lakes of the Eau d’Heure.
This lake area is 4 times larger than the second one in Belgium, and consists of 3 water levels (2 dams). Vertical meters guaranteed. The surrounding presence of dense forests provides the opportunity to develop a beautiful track.

In 2015 the first edition took place. It was one of the first races outside Scandinavia (1 in Switserland, 1 in Belgium, 3 in France and 1 in Scotland).  In 2016 there were 180 races in 19 countries and 4 continents. There was even a race in Australia.

The sport has grews ever since with races in South-Africa, Uruguay, Brasil, USA, Canada,…