Folkhälsan Swimrun 19th September 2020

Challenge yourself with Folkhälsan Swimrun – A tough race that takes place in the extremely beautiful Finnish forest landscapes. We promise you an amazing and challenging experience in a friendly atmosphere. It will soon be possible to sign up for Swimrun 2020. Follow our insta and facebook for updated information.

Register for Swimrun 2020

Folkhälsan Swimrun will be organized for the seventh time in Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, Finland, on 19th September 2020. The race courses take you through the challenging, ever changing, and extremely beautiful Finnish forest landscapes. As Folkhälsan Swimrun is an event that emphasizes team spirit, amazing experiences, and beautiful nature, you complete the race in pairs, running together from one lake to another and then swimming across the lakes. Grab your favorite companion, choose a race, and register for either the women’s, men’s, or mixed series.

Check out the images from Folkhälsan swimrun 2018

Images from Swimrun 2019
Photos by Janne Räsänen: Start and Vääräjärvi
Photos by Janne Räsänen: Kolmoislammit
Photos by Tero Koski

About the Race (2019)

The registration for Folkhälsan Swimrun 2019 has started.
Maximum amount of teams is restricted to 200 teams in total

ÖtillÖ Merit Race, main race (34 km running, 6 km swimming):
Price € 210 / team

Endurance (21.5 km running, 3.5 km swimming)
Price € 185 / team

Sprint by Keradur (12 km running, 2 km swimming)
Price € 160 / team

Super Sprint (8 km running, 1 km swimming)
Price € 80 / individual

Competition fee includes:
Competition hydration and snacks
Two swimming caps / team
Hot soup upon finish
Buffet dinner for the whole team after the race
Relaxing lakeside sauna after the race
Folkhälsan Swimrun race memento
Three first teams in each series get a prize.

Latest date of registration: The online registration ends on 18 September 2019, at 12 noon. After this, registration can be made by sending us an e-mail, providing that there are still slots left available. Late registrations must be made to the competition office on 21 September 2019, by 08:00 AM.

The fees for late registration are:

Sprint by Keradur 165 €
Super Sprint 95 €
Endurance 195 €
ÖtillÖ Merit Race 230 €


As a partner of ÖtillÖ, the Folkhälsan Swimrun race rules follow the rules set by ÖtillÖ. Please read these rules carefully.

1. Organization

1.1 Race organization

Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized by Folkhälsan
Folkhälsan Sport Ab, Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo, Finland
Race director: Mats Almqvist,, +358-40-5713422
Jury: Mats Almqvist (Race Director), Heikki Kiili (Track), Håkan Johansson (Office)

2. Entry pre-requisite

2.1 To be able to participate in FOLKHÄLSAN SWIMRUN you need to race in a team consisting of two persons who are at least 18 years old and are able to swim. Younger persons can be admitted to the race by jury approval.
2.2 Each team member needs to have a valid Swimrun insurance.
2.3 Your application is final. The Race Organization will not reimburse your entry fee. In case of pre-race injury entry fee can be reimbursed, by jury, against a medical certificate. The certificate must be presented prior to the race.
2.4 you are allowed to change one team member to a person of the same gender.
2.5 Contestants are not allowed to sell their right of participation to third parties.

3. Race course

3.1 Race course
3.1.1 The race course is marked
3.1.2 The participants must follow the marked course
3.1.3 The participants who do not follow the marked course will be disqualified
3.2 Water checkpoints
3.2.1 There will be several water / food checkpoints throughout the course
3.3 Medical points
3.3.1 There will be several medical points where participants can get help if needed
3.3.2 There will be medical staff and equipment in boats and on land.

4. Equipment

4.1 General about Equipment
4.1.1 All teams must carry all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fails to bring all of their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified. All equipment, including snacks and like, must be labelled with participant's name, team name, or number.

4.2.1 Mandatory equipment per team in World Series/Sprint/Experience
1 First aid pressure bandage, in waterproof packaging
Two Neoprene Wetsuits, one per person, suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
One Compass/Watch Compass
Two Whistles, one per person
One Emergency blanket (spaceblanket) / team
2 cups, one for each person. There are no disposable cups at the aid stations.

4.2.2 Per person Solo Sprint/ Solo Experience
1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
1 Emergency blanket (spaceblanket)
A Neoprene wetsuit suitable for the current water temperatures
1 Compass/Watch Compass
1 Whistles, 1 per person
Pullboy or other floating device
1 cup per person. There are no disposable cups at the aid stations.

4.3 Mandatory equipment that the organization will supply
Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
Timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged 100 Euros or equivalent)
Swimcaps must be worn visible during all the swims

4.4 Recommended equipment
4.4.1 Tether
4.4.2 Water bladder

4.5 Equipment check
Random gear checks will be performed before and after the race. NOTE! Teams that do not show the mandatory equipment at the gear check may face disqualification.

4.6 Equipment that is NOT allowed
4.6.1. Flotation help: Bigger than 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm (applies on ÖtillÖ Merit race) Bigger than 100 cm x 60 x 15 cm. (applies on Endurance, Sprint and SuperSprint)
4.6.2 It is forbidden to modify wetsuits with paint or color that washes off in the water. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification.
4.6.3 Swim fins are NOT allowed if the fin is longer than 15 cm. Measurement is from the toe to the end of the fin. 

5. Timing

5.1 Timing
5.1.1 The time is from the start until the finish line
5.1.2 The team must pass all timing checkpoints and the finish line together
5.2 Cut offs
5.2.1 Throughout the course there will be cut off points where the teams need to pass by a certain time to be able to continue racing.
5.2.2 Information about the cut off times will be given the day before the start.

6 Racers' responsibility

6.1 General
6.1.1 The participants must know the rules and follow them.
6.1.2 The participants shall respect all other participants, the organization, spectators and the people living in the race area.
6.1.3 The participants are not allowed to use unfair methods to gain advantage.
6.1.4 Any type of doping is forbidden. Folkhälsan Swimrun follows the guidelines set by FINADA, The Finnish Antidoping Agency. We require all contestants to acquaint themselves with, and follow, these rules and guidelines.
6.1.5 The participants are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organization is asking for help.

6.2 Before the race
6.2.1 The participants can practice and scout the course prior to the race but they must respect the residents of the area and behave according to the Finnish "right to roam" (jokamiehenoikeus). Training recommendations for the area will be communicated via newsletter to the racers, as some areas are sensitive from an environmental perspective. These recommendations must be respected.

6.3 During the race
6.3.1 The participants participate at their own risk and cannot hold the organization responsible for any accident during the race.
6.3.2 The teams are obliged to help to the best of their abilities any another team that have sustained an injury or a medical emergency.
6.3.3 A team that has abandoned the race shall report it to the organization as soon as possible.
6.3.4 The participants are not allowed to throw trash in the nature. If a team does so, they will be disqualified.
6.3.5 For safety reasons we will allow NO tow-line on the first running sections of any race.

7. Race jury, rules and protests

7.1 Race jury
7.1.1 Race jury is the race director and two persons from the race organization.
7.1.2 The race jury:
– Enforces the rules
– Makes decisions on the outcome of a protest
– Makes decisions on disqualification
– Makes decisions on course changes and changes to the rules
7.1.3 At least two members of the jury are needed for taking a race jury decision.
7.1.4 The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to take a decision about any situation that arises, if a clear solution to it is not stated in the rules
7.1.5 The decisions of the race jury are final.

7.2 Protests
7.2.1 A protest must be made in writing to the race organization within an hour after finishing the race.
7.2.2 A protest must include:
– Time and location
– Team number and signatures of the team members
– Team number or team name of the team that the protest is against
– The reason(s) for the protest
– (If possible) witness with name or team number
7.2.3 A protest that does not fill the criteria of point 7.2.2 Will be ignored.
7.2.4 A decision from the race jury will be communicated to those involved as soon as possible.

7.3 Disqualifications
Failure to follow the rules leads to disqualification.

7.4 External assistance
Receiving assistance from people outside the race organization is forbidden. Each team must make their own way from start to finish.

8. Safety

8.1.1 The Race organisation must do a risk assessment and take the required steps to minimize the risk of the event. Both for the participants and for the staff.
8.1.2 The Race organisation must have the necessary amount of safety crafts and safety staff in place for the swims depending on their risk exposure.
8.1.3 The two members of each team must stay together at all times and must not get more than 10 meters apart from each other.
8.1.4 The race organization can refuse a team their right to continue in the race, if the jury judges the team is too fatigued or in such a physical condition that continued racing would mean unnecessary risk.

9. Media and sponsor exposure

9.1 Sponsor markings
The teams are allowed to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

9.2 Race bibs and timing chips
Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race. The race bibs can not be modified in any way and must be worn all the time. Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla is an environment conscious race and we are reusing the bibs. Please return the bibs at the marked baskets found on the venue.

9.3 Photograph and video rights
The participants grant the race organization the right to use photographs and video material taken during the race free of charge in marketing, press material, internet, television etc.

9.3.1 All teams will be photographed before the race for safety reasons and for marketing use.

10. Accepting the rules

By entering the race, each team member accepts the rules in full.

11. Image rights

Rights to all images from the event are reserved. Any unauthorized commercial use of images will be legally pursued.


The route for Folkhälsan Swimrun 2019 will be the same as in 2018.
Because the nature in Nuuksio National Park is constantly changing, some minor changes to the race course may be necessary at a later stage in case endangered species are found on or near the course. The official race map for 2019 will be published in Fall 2019.

Distances 2019:

Sprint by Keradur:
Running 12 km, Swimming 2,4 km. Vertical: 675 m*

Running 21 km, Swimming 3,4 km. Vertical: 500 m*

ÖtillÖ Merit Race
Running 33 km, Swimming 5,8 km*

Super Sprint
Total race distance: 8 km, trail running: 7 km, swimming: 1 km, longest swim: 450 m

* The courses and distances may be subjected to small changes

Maps for downloading:

All routes and cut-off timetable (PDF)
All routes (JPG)
Cut-off timetable (JPG)
Endurance (PDF)
Endurance (JPG)
Sprint and Super Sprint (PDF)
Sprint and Super Sprint (JPG)





As swimrun is classified as an extreme sport, some training and basic endurance level is highly recommended before you set off on the course.

A good way to get into training is to start with some trail running and also train freestyle swimming. At Folkhälsan Swimrun we also offer free training sessions, during which you can familiarize yourself with the sport and meet other swimrunners.

The Folkhälsan Swimrun training sessions:
June 12th at 18:00
June 19th at 18:00

More training sessions will be held in summer. Stay tuned for more information.

Please remember that there is a limited number of slots available for each session, so remember to register on time!


The Folkhälsan Swimrun distances – which race should I choose? In Fokhälsan Swimrun there are different distances: Sprint by Keradur, Super Sprint, Endurance, and the ÖtillÖ Merit Race.

Sprint by Keradur
If you are new to swimrun and just want to try out the sport and enjoy the experience, we recommend you enter the Sprint Race. The Sprint Race does not require hardcore training to complete. However, some basic endurance training and swimming training is recommended. The Folkhälsan Swimrun Sprint Race is quite technical, so we recommend that you stay alert during the running sessions!

Super Sprint
The Super Sprint Race is our entry-level race category for everyone who is curious about Swimrun. It’s perfect for you if you just want to enjoy the atmosphere of the event and the amazing nature of Nuuksio National Park. The Super Sprint Race consists of 7 km running and ca 1 km swimming and is enjoyable by everyone with some beginner’s experience in trail running and swimming. To enjoy the race you don´t need a partner as you register as a single contender. You can, however, still grab a friend and go through the course as a team. All participants will be timed, but there is no racing series in this category. In this category, a pull buoy or some other floating device is mandatory equipment. We offer free training sessions in spring and late summer for those who want to familiarize themselves with the course.

Do you have a background in endurance sports or have previously participated in swimrun Sprint Races? If the answer is yes, Folkhälsan Swimrun Endurance might be the race for you! The Endurance route is 25 km of which 3.5 km is swimming. As this distance is longer than the sprint race, it naturally requires a higher level of endurance from you than the Sprint Race. The running stages in Fokhälsan Swimrun Endurance are not as technical as in the sprint race, but there are some very tough segments in this race. One such segment is the notorious Swinghill downhill skiing slope, which crowns the race.

ÖtillÖ Merit Race
Do you have a background in extreme sports, triathlon, aquathlon, or long distance trail running? Then challenge yourself with ÖtillÖ Merit Race! The Folkählsan Swimrun ÖtillÖ Merit Race is a total of 38. 8 km, of which 5.8 km is swimming. The ÖtillÖ Merit Race course is a combination of the Sprint and Endurance courses, which means that you will encounter both technical running paths and trails, fast running trails, and tough near-vertical elements!

Technical running paths with roots, slippery and steep parts. Stay alert!





  • Schedule (preliminary schedule for September 21 st)
    • 08:00 The race office opens
    • 08:30 - 11:00 TEAM Photobooth is open.
    • -
    • 08:00–08:50 Last minute participation confirmation for ÖtillÖ Meritrace must be done at the race office.
    • 09:05–09:30 ÖtillÖ Merit Race briefing session
    • 10:00 ÖtillÖ Merit Race start
    • -
    • 08:00–09:50 Last minute participation confirmation for Sprint by Keradur and Super Sprint race must be done at the race office.
    • 10:05–10:30 Sprint by Keradur and Super Sprint briefing session
    • 11:00 Sprint by Keradur and Super Sprint start
    • -
    • 08:00–10:50 Last minute participation confirmation for Endurance race must be done at the race office.
    • 11:05–11:30 Endurance briefing session
    • 11:45 Endurance start
    • -
    • Schedule for prices ceremonies will be added later
    • 15:00–19:00 Warm dinner buffet is served at Restaurant Villa Solvalla
    • 14:00–19:30 Lakeside saunas open​

All teams must have their own:

First aid pressure bandage, in waterproof packaging
2 Wetsuits (1 per person), suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
1 Compass or GPS watch
2 Whistles (1 per person)
1 Emergency blanket / team
It is also recommended that the teams have a water bladder / foldable cup.
2 cups, one for each person. There are no disposable cups at the aid stations.

Solvalla Swimrun will supply the teams with:
Race bibs, which must be worn visible all the time during the race.
Timing chip
Swim caps, which must be worn visible during all the swims.

Recommended equipment:

Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Pull cord
Water flask / foldable cup

Equipment that is not allowed: 
Any floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60cm
Modified wetsuits with paint or color that can wash off and contaminate the water.

More detailed information about the equipment:


There are many different types of wetsuits. Our partner Head Swimming offers wetsuits specifically designed for swimrun. Swimrun wetsuits usually have a zip both on the front and on the back, so that you can easily remove the top half if you get hot during the running parts. They also usually have a whistle attached to the zip.

A traditional wetsuit can also be used, but you might need some time to get used to running in it.
At Folkhälsan Swimrun we do not specify any requirements for the wetsuit you wear in the race. However, we recommend that you use a wetsuit in which you feel comfortable swimming when the water temperature is between 11-15 °C. The wetsuit can be either short or long sleeved.

Race Bibs

It is mandatory to wear the race bib you get for Folkhälsan Swimrun for the duration of the whole race. As we strive to be a green race and respect nature, our aim is to reuse the race bibs next year. Please help us do this by returning the race bib when you have finished the race.


Folkhälsan Swimrun provides you with a cap for the race. The race cap is yours to keep after the race. If you like, you can wear another swimming cap underneath, which will keep you warmer.

GPS watch or compass R_fenix5x_HR_1718 
For safety reasons, all teams must have a GPS watch or a compass. This is to make sure you will find your way back if you for some reason get lost on the course. Our partner Garmin offers GPS watches that are ideal for Swimrun. For instance, the Fenix5 Multisport watch allows you to access a map.

Random gear checks will be performed before and after the race. Teams that do not show the mandatory equipment at the gear check may face disqualification.


During a Swimrun event, you do not change your gear – you swim in your trainers and run in your wetsuit. Therefore, you should choose shoes that are lightweight, buoyant, and drain well. It is also important that the shoes are a good fit to stop them from falling off when you swim. Also ensure that your shoes have relatively good grip, as you will be running over rocks. There are many different types of shoes you can use.

Optional Equipment


Most teams use goggles when participating in Swimrun, but many also race without goggles. Even though goggles serve a purpose of protecting your eyes and providing improved vision in and under water, you also have to carry them along all the time. At Folkhälsan Swimrun, we recommend that you use goggles suitable for open water swimming. 


There are different sizes and types of hand paddles to fit swimrunners of all levels. The paddles can be used to improve your technique and to increase your power during the swimming stages.

Pull buoy

A pull buoy or a leg float is a figure-eight shaped piece of closed-cell foam used for swim workouts. The buoy is placed between your thighs or ankles to provide support to the body without kicking your legs; this allows you to focus on your arms and let your hips and legs rest during the swimming stages.

Pull cord

The main use of the pull cord is to help pull the weaker swimmer during the swim stages or help pull the weaker runner on tough uphill segments. However, many teams still opt to race without one.

Friday 20 September 2019 at 13:00 – 21:30 (Race confirmation can be made and race gear can be collected at the Solvalla Arena.)

Saturday 21 September 2019 at 08:00-20:00
Before the race the race office is open Mon-Friday 08:30-16:00 (GMT +2).

Please note that race gear cannot be picked up before Friday 21 September 2018 at 13:00.

Sauna and dressing rooms

After the race the lakeside saunas are open 14:00-19:30
Dressing rooms are available in the Solvalla Arena and in the old main building. In the Solvalla Arena there are dressing rooms reserved for Swimrun participants (lockable lockers in the dressing rooms, which work with 1 euro coins).

In the old main building, there are dressing rooms available for the racers. This is the building next to the Haltia Nature center. The dressing rooms will be locked during the race (clothes may be left there).
In case you do not want to leave your belongings in the dressing rooms, free cloakroom service is available at the Solvalla Arena.

Hot soup will be served to the teams upon finish. A warm buffet meal is complementary for all teams and served on the Race Day between 14:00 – 20:00. Information about special diets should be sent to 

Aid stations
On the race course there are a total of 5 aid stations (1 on the Sprint course, 3 on the Endurance course, and 5 on the ÖtillÖ Merit Race course).

The full list of drinks and snacks will be released during week 38.

The participants in ÖtillÖ Merit Race are allowed to bring their own provisions to aid station 2, where the race course passes through the start and finish area at about 14 km into the race.

Prize Ceremony
The prize ceremony will take place close to the finish area 30 minutes after the 3 first teams in each series have crossed the finish line.

Photos and Media
Before the start of the race a team photo will be taken of each team for safety reasons. All photos can be used by Folkhälsan Swimrun for marketing purposes (See race rules section 17). There will also be random equipment checks before start and upon the finish. (See race rules section 8)

Teams at the grid 2019 behind this link.


Additional information

Solvalla is a national sports institute that stands on the shore of Lake Pitkäjärvi, next to Nuuksio National Park. In this area in Espoo, Finland, nature is unique, beautiful and untouched. Solvalla is located approx. 35 km from Helsinki city center and 17 km from Espoo city center.

Solvalla offers, among other courses, sports instructor and massage therapist qualifications. The courses are stimulating and provide good work prospects within the sports, health, and wellness industries, as well as within the field of youth and leisure activities.

Solvalla Sports Institute’s facilities include a Sports Arena, football field, gym, spinning studio, dance studio, boxing facilities, accommodation for approx. 100 guests, and 2 lakeside saunas. Solvalla organizes a variety of instructed activities, such as indoor climbing, canoeing, and sports related team activities.

Thanks to our extensive facilities and activities, we can provide an excellent meeting and training place for sports teams, companies, schools, and nurseries.

At Folkhälsan Swimrun, we are grateful for the pristine nature that allows us to arrange our race in such a beautiful environment. Our aim is to organize a green race and to promote sustainability so that we can arrange races many more years to come.

To protect the beautiful environment we do the following:

• We collect all race bibs after the race, with the aim of reusing them in the coming races. Please return your bib after the race.

• We forbid the racers from leaving any trash or equipment along the course. All trash and equipment must be carried to the finish line or thrown in bins at the aid stations.

• We enforce a rule that states that racers who deliberately leave trash in the forest may be subject to disqualification.

The amount of disposable cups usually used in sports events is huge, and this takes its toll on the environment. Inspired by our fellow race organizers at ÖtillÖ Merit Races, we aim to reduce the amount of paper cups used in our race. Therefore we encourage all teams to bring their own cups and/or flasks to Folkhälsan Swimrun.

For more information and requests:

Race Manager Mats Almqvist: 
Tel. +358447578885


97% of those who have participated in Folkhälsan Swimrun have been extremely satisfied with the race and strongly recommend Folkälsan Swimrun to their friends!

“A big thank you to your team for organizing such a great, well planned and executed event, and for the friendly hosting. A hug on the finish line is more than a tired swim runner could ask for 🙂 and it made all the difference.”
- Dominik

“The nature, and the course you had chosen for the race were excellent. The switch between the swim and the run stages and the intervals were well designed and balanced. The markings of the course, the buoys marking the start and end of the swimming stages were all clear and visible. It was impossible to get lost.”
- Participants in the ÖtillÖ Merit Race 2016

“ We truly loved your race! Extremely well organized and friendly atmosphere. We appreciated the reactivity of the correspondence with you before the race and that you were there to greet us when we finished. The race was tough but fun, beautiful and well-marked and the swimming parts were magical! The lakeside sauna session and the buffet after the race were gold. We almost did not want to leave! We give you 5 of 5 stars!”
- Participants in the Endurance Race 2017

“Great trails, atmosphere and race organization 🙂 "
- Folkhälsan Swimrun participant 2016

“Great trails, atmosphere and race organization 🙂 Very challenging competition, much more challenging than Stockholm Swimrun and Amfibiemannen in Sweden, but not impossible if you don’t let the cold waters stop you.”
- Participant


What kind of insurance do I need for Swimrun?
Before participating in Folkhälsan Swimrun you should make sure that you have a valid insurance that covers any accidents that might occur during the race. You can either contact your own insurance company and make sure you have a policy that covers your participation, or you can buy an ÖtillÖ Swimrun insurance. The ÖtillÖ Swimrun insurance can be bought by all teams participating in Folkhälsan Swimrun, i.e. it is not limited to the Merit Race participants.

What kind of wetsuit should I wear?
You can freely choose the type of wet suit you will wear during Folkhälsan Swimrun. However, we recommend using a suit you feel comfortable in when the water temperature is between 10-14 °C . The wet suit can be either long or short sleeved. Our partner, Head Swimming, offers wet suits designed for swimrunners.

Where can I find information about the course?
All the information about all Folkhälsan Swimrun courses can be found on our Course info page. The 2019 courses will be launched during June 2019. However, as Folkhälsan Swimrun takes place in the Nuuksio National Park, the route may be subject to change if there is a possibility that protected plants or other wildlife are at risk on any site where the course passes. Moreover, exceptionally cold waters may also be a reason to modify the course. We strive to keep you updated if any changes are made to the courses.

Can I try out the courses myself?
During late spring and summer we organize training events where you can familiarize yourself with the Folkhälsan Swimrun courses and terrain. The training sessions are normally held in June and August. We organize about five training sessions every year with varying themes. The training sessions have already been announced on our news and Facebook pages.

What drinks and food are served on the aid stations?
The food and drinks served at Folkhälsan Swimrun 2019 will be announced at the beginning of September 2019. 

Can I bring my own food and drinks to the aid stations?
The teams participating in the Folkhälsan Swimrun ÖtillÖ Merit Race are allowed to bring their own snacks and drinks to aid station 2, which is positioned at the Solvalla Sports Field. All items brought to station 2 should be labeled with your name and preferably placed in a separate bucket or similar. The items can be left at the service table after the race information session.

Can I cancel my registration?
You can cancel your registration and move your participation to the next year. Refund is possible only if you provide a doctor's note that shows you are not able to participate due to illness or injury. If you want to register but are uncertain whether you will be able to participate, we recommend you get the ÖtillÖ Swimrun insurance. All Folkhälsan Swimrun races are covered by the insurance.

Can I change the name of my team or change one or both of the members on my team?
You can easily change the name of your team or one or both of the members on your team. Changes can be made by contacting us by e-mail.

When is the final day of registration?
The online registration is open until 20 September 2019. After that, please contact us to see if there are available slots left.

Does my team have to be present at 08:50 AM on the competition day?
All teams should be present at least 15 min before the information session for their race starts. This is to avoid long lines at the gear pick up and registration and to make sure everyone is present on time for the information session.
If you pick up your gear on Friday September 20, it is sufficient you arrive at Solvalla in time for the Information Session. Please note that the race information session is compulsory for all teams.

When can my team pick up the race gear?
You can pick up your Folkhälsan Swimrun gear on Friday September 20 at 13:00–20:00 or on Saturday September 21 up until the start of your race information session. After the race information session has started, gear can no longer be picked up for that particular race.

What gear is mandatory at Folkhälsan Swimrun?
The gear you need to have with you to Folkhälsan Swimrun is the following:
2x Wetsuits, one per person, comfortable to use when the water temperature is 12-15 °C
2x Whistle, one per person
1x First aid pressure bandage, in waterproof packaging / team
1x Compass or Watch compass / team
NEW 1 x Emergency blanket / team
NOTE! Random gear checks will be performed before and after the race – teams that do not show the mandatory equipment at the gear check may face disqualification.

Mandatory Equipment that Folkhälsan Swimrun will supply:
Race bibs. These must be worn visible all the time during the race.
Timing chip
Swimcaps. These must be worn visible during all the swimming stages.

Recommended equipment:
Water bladder, foldable cup or flask


Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized by Solvalla Sports Institute. 
Address: Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo

Public transport
From the airport you can take the local train to the Huopalahti station. At Huopalahti you need to switch trains and get a local train to Espoo city centre. From Espoo city center, bus service 245 / 245A / 245K (Nuuksionpää or Kattila) goes to Solvalla Sports Institute.

For more information about public transport in the capital area please visit: or

Race Director: Mats Almqvist

Tel. +358447578885

Head of Race Course: Heikki Kiili
Tel.+358 50 5901275

The persons listed above also form the jury to which the participants can make a protest. The protest fee is € 50 and will be returned if the protest is approved.

Swimrun is an endurance sport in which you run and swim along a set course. This means that you run between lakes and swim over the lakes without stopping in between. As you are required to switch between running and swimming many times during the race, you will complete the whole course in the same gear.

One of the best things about Swimrun is that unlike triathlon, you simply put your gear on, cross the starting line and keep going. There is no need to change equipment or gear at any time. Another unique thing about Swimrun is that the rules permit the use of additional equipment to help you complete the race, for instance flotation aids for swimming. Effective use of all your equipment can, however, take some practice.
We recommend that you keep it as simple as possible at the beginning and just enjoy the exercise and the course! As you get more comfortable swimming in your trainers and running in your wetsuit, you can introduce other gear. Scroll down to read more about the equipment.

Enjoy the nature and the experience
Swimrun is not only about the competition but also about the experience, the adventure and the closeness to nature. Swimrun is performed on nature’s terms, which adds an extra element to each individual race.
At Folkhälsan Swimrun, we want to emphasize the experience and offer you a memory to last a lifetime. It is not always about the competition and the finish but about the journey.

Teams need to carry all their equipment from start to finish. If a team fails to bring all their equipment to the finish line, they might face disqualification.
All equipment, including snacks and such, must be labeled with participant name, team name, or number.


2014: Solvalla Swimrun was the first Swimrun competition to be held in Finland.

16 teams competed in the full distance race, which was the only distance to be arranged. In 2014 Solvalla Swimrun became an ÖtillÖ Partner Race.

2015: The participation numbers doubled, and the sprint race was organized for the first time.

2016: Approximately 70 teams participated in Solvalla Swimrun.

2017: Solvalla Swimrun Endurance route was introduced.
96 teams were on the starting line.
All ÖtillÖ Partner races, including Solvalla Swimrun, became ÖtillÖ Merit races.

Course information 2019
In 2019 the course will be the same as in 2018 Some small changes will be made to the climb located at the Swinghill downhill skiing slope, which is a part of the Endurance and ÖtillÖ Merit Race courses.

Single room € 62 / guest
Double room € 90 / room
The accommodation price includes breakfast.
For more information about accommodation during the competition, please contact us:

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    • Mats Almqvist

      Race Director Folkhälsan Swimrun

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      +35844 757 8885

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