Jonas Andersson, Växjö, Sweden: SwimRun
My first swim competition was ÖTILLÖ 2009 and at this point I did not know that this was the beginning of a new lifestyle for me. After that, there have been another 5 starts at ÖTILLÖ with a fifth place as my best. There have been many starts in local competitions and some podium places, but above all meeting new friends and acquaintances around my home country in Sweden has been one of the best highlights.
Jonas competed as part of Team SwimEars in 2021, at ÖTILLÖ Gothenburg and Utö in the mixed teams events finishing in the top ten and twenty respectively, below are three of his most memorable SwimRun memories:
Hanna Carmvall, from Växjö Sweden:
I got into swimrun through a friend who convinced me into doing a race just two weeks before the actual race. From the first step I was hooked! As an old elite swimmer who has spent all my time in the pool and with a passion for running this was the ultimate sport for me. That first race in Borås we placed second. And after that race there have been plenty more races!
My most memorable race is of course the mother of them all, the legendary ÖTILLÖ world championship in Stockholm. I was so nervous about doing the course on 65 km trail running and 10 km open water. My partner believed in us and made me confident that we were able to make it as long as we did it together. And he was so right! The race was amazing! Loved (almost) every second of the 10 hours and 43 minutes of racing!
Hanna competed as part of Team SwimEars in 2021, at ÖTILLÖ Gothenburg and Utö in the mixed teams events finishing in the top ten and twenty respectively.
Tove Larsson, Gothenburg, Sweden: Triathlon and SwimRun
I have always loved challenges. As a former elite gymnast I live for that adrenaline rush. The feeling of doing something you didn’t believe was possible. The feeling of being alive. Before, it was doing flips up in the air. Today it is swimming through cold water, running in rough nature or biking fast on a flat road.
I am fairly new to endurance sports. Working with and coaching runners, triathletes and OCR-athletes in my everyday job, so I got inspired. As a sports physiologist I knew the theory behind. But then I decided I wanted to give it a go myself. Changing my training combined with a fear of deep and dark waters was a big challenge, but that’s we like right?!
I love to have fun with my friends out in the beautiful Swedish nature. Competing on top of that makes it even better. I realised that Swimrun and triathlon is not just sports.. it’s a way of living.”
Tove was part of Team SwimEars at ÖTILLÖ Gothenburg 2021, finishing in the top ten in her first SwimRun event in the female teams.
Fanny Josefine Ahlfors, Jönköping, Sweden: SwimRun
I compete in various Swimrun events with my partner Patrik Widell as Team Lost. I'm a former boxer and kickboxer with a World Cup gold in kickboxing as my best merit.
I love doing creative things and want training to be fun. I have a big following at TikTok 1,1 million, where you can catch me having lots of fun.
A list of Fanny's achievements and a greater insight into her life can be found here: https://teamlost.se/teamet/
Be sure to check her out on social media for a good time!
Evelina Järvinen, Gothenburg, Sweden: Triathlon and SwimRun
It was 2017 when I bought my first swimsuit. My partner had tried something called Swimrun and he was just stoked. I really wanted to know why and how a sport like this could give him that smile on his face. Then, just a week later I had my second ACL injury, from a rugby training incident. Coming from ball sports I’ve always loved chasing balls like a dog. But now I felt like I had to decide, to maybe put those football shoes aside for making me be able to run in the future. With that in mind, I kept my fingers cross during the surgery. Please make me good to find out what swimrun is all about!
The rehabilitation was tough, almost 1,5 years before I felt that I could run as normal again, but it was so worth it. I started taking swim classes and entered 2019 with endorphins. A newbie with no partner in the sport, I was just watching a lot of competitions. Great fun! Wanted to be out there! The pandemic came and took all the competitions from us during 2020, talk about getting excited for 2021! The summer arrived and I finally did my first ÖTILLÖ, what a race. It was so overwhelming and my feelings were all over the place. So eventually I really got to know what SwimRun was all about and I must say that I am totally stoked too!
Evelina was part of Team SwimEars at ÖTILLÖ Gothenburg 2021, finishing in the top ten in her first SwimRun event in the female teams. She then headed to the World Champs in Stockholm 2021, finishing in second place on the podium!