In Långholmen SwimRun you compete in teams of two people in the classes; Men, Women and Mixed. Participants alternate between running and swimming with minimal stops associated with getting in and out of the water. The shoes usually retained on the swim sections and wetsuit (if you compete in such) stays on at the running parts. The contest is open to everyone regardless of whether they make their first SwimRun contest or if you belong to the world elite.
The swimming takes place in open water along Södermalm and city of Stockholm. Nobels old dynamite factory, The city Hall, the Royal Castle and The old town are some of the sightseeing you will get during the race. The course furthermore provides participants the opportunity to feel what it's like to run up two of Stockholms ski slopes which both of them has held World Cup Ski races.
The start and finish take place at the Island Långholmen. The Island for centuries served as a prison but now a days the old prison buildings serves as a hotel and museum.
THE RULES IN SHORT
All of the equipment that the athletes uses has to be carried all the way from start to the finish line.
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT THAT THE ORGANISATION WILL SUPPLY
- Course Map
- Electronic control card
- Swimming caps must be worn visible during all the swims
- Race Bibs must be worn visible during the race
- 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
- 1 Compass
- 2 Whistles
Floating subjects greater than 100 × 60 centimeters are not allowed. Paddles, fins, pullbuoys or similar objects are allowed as long as they are carried all the way from the start to the finish line.Swimming goggles and shoes with low wet weight is recommended.
Leaving objects and littering along the course will lead to disqualification.
The fastest route between the swimming distances and the other control points will be marked with tape. The organizer can not guarantee that the tape are not removed during the race day. Participants are therefore equipped with a map where this road is plotted.
The timing system we use are the same that are used for Orienteering. At the beginning and end of each swim section, and at some other spots along the course there are control points. At the control points there is readers located that reads the electronic control card. The reader gives off a sound when finished reading. It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that all of these checkpoints are scanned along the course. If not all control points are properly scanned and in the correct sequence this may lead to disqualification. All the control points will be clearly marked, by red dots on the map. This may sound complicated but it really is is not. The organizer will carefully explain all about the control system on the race meeting.