Interview: Mike Phillips and Nick Rennie

Interview: Mike Phillips and Nick Rennie

The first part of the race was great, we were both feeling good and we were relaxed. We took a bit of a detour allowing the team behind to nearly catch us, this was when panic stations hit and we really pushed the long swim and long run to get back out of sight.

Breca Wanaka Race Director's Report

Breca Wanaka Race Director's Report

By any measure Breca Wanaka 2017 exceeded our expectations: both the outstanding performances throughout the field and the warmth and generosity of the local community and the volunteers who supported the event.

Breca Swimrun goes cup free

Breca Swimrun goes cup free

At a swimrun event we are not talking about waste on the scale of the coffee cup, but we felt it was important to do what we could to reduce our impact. So Breca Wanaka, on March 25th in New Zealand’s South Island, will be the first swimrun event to send not a single cup to waste.

Interview: The Clapham Bruderwunderz

Interview: The Clapham Bruderwunderz

"The team aspect is the defining element of swimrun. This rubs off on the whole race day environment, where you have not only a teammate but rival teams to share the pre-race banter and post-race endorphins."

Practising swimrun courses: should you do it?

Practising swimrun courses: should you do it?

“Do not attempt to train using the swim to Worm’s Head. There is a real risk to life if the route is used at the wrong time due to the dangerous currents and tidal flows in this area”. So began a safety warning I sent recently to our Breca Gower competitors...

Should you only change your shoes?

Should you only change your shoes?

You can strengthen your muscles to cope with these demands and avoid picking up problems with your calf muscles, Achilles tendons, plantar fascia and toes. These only need to be performed a couple of times a week...

Interview: Søren Engholm Hansen & Maj-Britt Klok, Swimrun Shop

Interview: Søren Engholm Hansen & Maj-Britt Klok, Swimrun Shop

We have three pieces of equipment advice for new Swimrunners: 1. Find a wetsuit that fits you well and feels comfortable. One wetsuit won't fit all swimrunners; some like more buoyancy, some need more flexibility for easier running.

To paddle or not to paddle

To paddle or not to paddle

Do paddles give you an advantage in open water? Will they make you a faster swimrunner? Aileen Sullivan from Victory Health & Performance investigates.

Breca Jersey Update

Breca Jersey Update

Course changes, logistics and a chance to get involved...

Training for Swimrun

Training for Swimrun

Techniques to get the most out of your training and help you prepare for your next swimrun adventure.

Tips for Swimrun Racing

Tips for Swimrun Racing

New to swimrun or looking to improve your race times? Mike Alexander of 'WeSwimrun' shares his top tips for swimrun racing.

7 reasons to enter a swimrun today

7 reasons to enter a swimrun today

Tempted to try your hand at the emerging new endurance sport taking the world by storm? Here are 7 reasons why you won't regret it.

FAQs

FAQs


1. How do I choose a race?

Each one of our races is a new adventure: an opportunity to explore some of the wildest, most beautiful corners of the world. One unique aspect of the sport is that there are no set distances for each leg; this allows for total freedom when designing a course: it enables us to exhibit the very best trail, scenery and transitions that each location has to offer. Consequently, each race has its own idiosyncratic features and challenges: no two are alike. So, if you are new to swimrun, we recommend that you pick a course that plays to your strengths; otherwise, you just need to decide where you want your next Breca Swimrun adventure to be.

2. Do I need a teammate or is there a solo option?

All of our swimruns are completed in pairs, we do not offer a solo option. Whilst this is one of the unique and enjoyable features of the sport, there is also a practical reason for this stipulation: participant safety. The transitions take place in open water and are often technical – on rocks and other slippery surfaces - so it is important to have a friend on hand, should you get into difficulties.

3. Do teammates have to stay together for the duration of the race?

Teams of two must stay together at all times and must remain less than 10m apart. It is permissible to use a tow system – an elastic tow line to rope yourself and your partner together during swim sections – however, they are not mandatory.

4. Can I switch teammates?

Changes can happen for any number of reasons: teams may have to split due to injury or a change in availability. Consequently, we allow a change of one team member prior to race day. Please send a request in writing to the Breca Swimrun team, including the details of the new teammate as well as their racing experience, and we will update the entrants list.

5. I want to race but I don’t have anyone to partner with, can you help find me a teammate?

We know that finding a partner can be tough, and although we strongly recommend sourcing a partner on your own, this isn’t always possible. Therefore, we have launched a Partners Channel in our Forum to help with the process. Aim to partner with someone who matches your own level of fitness. Training is the key to these events, so finding someone with whom you can synchronise training schedules will improve your chances of success.

6. Do I really swim in my shoes and run in my wetsuit?

During a swimrun event you never change your kit: you swim in your trainers and run in your wetsuit. This is a challenge in itself, as wet trainers increase your drag in the water and running in a wetsuit can lead to overheating. Swimrunners have found many creative solutions to these problems, including using pull buoys, hand paddles and cutting up their wetsuits. Today, you can buy pre-cut wetsuits with a host of swimrun specific features, such as the Swim-Run from our series partner Orca.

7. What equipment do I need?

Each team will need the following mandatory equipment: two pairs of goggles, two wetsuits, two whistles and a system for carrying the mandatory equipment. Breca Swimrun will provide each team with two Breca racing vests and swim caps. Hand paddles, pull buoys and tow systems are permissible; however, they are not mandatory.

8. How do transitions work?

Teams must arrive at each transition as a pair. When approaching a swim leg, ensure that your wetsuit is fully zipped up, your shoes are tightly fastened, and that you are wearing your race vest and swim cap. When finishing a swim, exit the water together, assisting each other as required. Teamwork is particularly important on technical, rocky transitions.

9. What should I eat and drink during the race?

The key is to keep your energy levels high, which means ensuring that you have a plan in place for race day. High energy foods and drink will be available at the checkpoint locations, as well as a pasta party the night before the race. It can be beneficial to incorporate high energy foods into your diet in the lead-up to race-day, but we recommend consulting your doctor before any major changes.

10. What nutrition is supplied at race checkpoints?

Each checkpoint will be fully stocked with water, flat coke, GU energy gels, sandwiches, cakes and bananas; we will provide salt tablets at the final checkpoints.

11. Can I withdraw from a race, or switch from one race to another?

You should inform the Breca Swimrun team immediately and in writing to should you need to withdraw from a race. Withdrawals up to 8 weeks prior to race day are eligible for a 70% refund. Withdrawals after that time will not be refunded for any reason as all costs will have been incurred by that stage and your team will not be replaced. There are no deferrals or transfers to alternative or later events.

12. Where can I find a breakdown of the runs and swims in a race?

All information pertaining to the courses can be found under the ‘Course’ link for the race. We provide a course map that shows the route and the location of the checkpoints, the elevation profile and a route card detailing the transitions and the distance of each leg.

If you have any other questions please contact the Breca Swimrun team here