Folkhälsan Swimrun September 21st, 2019

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.

Read more and register

Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized for the sixth time in Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, Finland, on 21 September 2019. 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.

About the Race

The registration for Folkhälsan Swimrun 2019 has started.
Maximum amount of teams is restricted to 200 teams in total
Folkhälsan Swimrun 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 Race (12 km running, 2 km swimming)
Price € 160 / team
SuperSprint (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.

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

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:
SuperSprint € 95

Rules
1. Organization
1.1 Race organization

Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized by Folkhälsan
Folkhälsan Sport Ab, Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo, Finland
Race director: Mats Almqvist, Solvalla.Swimrun@folkhalsan.fi, +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 Mandatory equipment
1 First aid pressure bandage, in waterproof packaging
Two Wetsuits, one per person, suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
One Compass/Watch Compass
Two Whistles, one per person
One Emergency blanket / team
4.3 Mandatory equipment that the organization will supply
Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race. Maps and route information. Timing chip (charge for lost or not returned timing chip will be 100 euro or equivalent). Losing the timing chip during the race will result in immediate disqualification. Swim caps must be worn visible during all the swims.
4.4 Recommended equipment
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 that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.
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.

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 askings for it.
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 “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.

7. Rules
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 General safety rules
8.1.1 The two members of each team must stay together at all times and must not get more than 10 meters apart from each other.
8.1.2 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
The race bibs and timing chips cannot be modified in any way and must be worn at all times during the race.

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

 

Route INFO
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:
Folkhälsan Swimrun Sprint:
Running 12 km, Swimming 2,4 km. Vertical: 675 m*
Download the outline of the Sprint race course
Folkhälsan Swimrun Endurance
Running 21 km, Swimming 3,4 km. Vertical: 500 m*
Download the outline of the Endurance race course
Folkhälsan Swimrun ÖtillÖ Merit Race
Running 33 km, Swimming 5,8 km*
Download the outline of the Merit Race course
* The courses and distances may be subjected to small changes

Race course 2019:
Folkhälsan Swimrun 2018 (1)
The courses are subject to change.
Information for registered teams can be found here.
Below you can find the courses for the previous races:

Solvalla Swimrun 2017 Download the 2017 map here
Solvalla Swimrun 2016 long distance: Long distance course 2016 pdf
Solvalla Swimrun Route 2016 Sprint: Spring distance course 2016 pdf
SOLVALLA SWIMRUN 2015 course full (pdf)
SOLVALLA SWIMRUN 2015 course sprint (pdf)

 

On this page, you will find all the information you need about Folkhälsan Swimrun and how to prepare for the race.

What is Swimrun?
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.

Mandatory equipment

Wetsuit
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.

Learn more about wetsuits for Swimrun at the Varuste.net online store.

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.

Caps
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.
Learn more about the Fenix5 Multisport watch here. >>

First aid equipment
All teams must have the following equipment with them during the competition:
1 First aid pressure bandage, in waterproof packaging / team
2 Whistles, 1 per person
1 Emergency blanket / team
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.

Shoes
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.
Learn more about the different types here.

Optional equipment
Goggles
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. Learn more about different alternatives here. >>

Paddles 
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.

Learn more about different alternatives. >>

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.
Learn more about different alternatives. >>

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.

The Folkhälsan/ Solvalla Swimrun history in brief:
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.

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

Solvalla Swimrun Sprint
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!
Learn more about the Sprint Race.

Folkhälsan Swimrun Endurance
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.
Learn more about the Endurance 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!
Learn more about the ÖtillÖ Merit Race.

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. Learn more about this year’s map and the courses here:
*The official map for 2019 will be published in Fall 2019.

Sprint race distances
Endurance race distances
ÖtillÖ Merit Race Distances

Estimated passing times at aid stations and cut off times for all routes: folkhälsan-swimrun-timetable and cut off times

Folkhälsan Swimrun Aid Stations
Folkhälsan Swimrun has several aid stations. The Sprint Race has one station, the Endurance Race has 3 stations, and the Merit Race has 5 stations. The complete list of what will be provided at each station will be published about 1 month before the race.

On these aid stations we offer:
Vitamin Well+ sports drink
Nocco BCAA energy drink
Barebells bars

At the finish line we offer our famous hot tomato soup by Villa Solvalla, and after the race you can enjoy Villa Solvalla’s after race buffet.

Training for Folkhälsan Swimrun
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!


 

Here you can find all the necessary information on Folkhälsan Swimrun 2019

Download the race information letter: To be released in August 2019

Race Map (The 2019 route will be the same as in 2018 with some minor changes on the Endurance and ÖtillÖ Merit Race routes. The official race map for 2019 will be published in Fall 2019:

Information on race distances: Folkhälsan Swimrun

Distances
Estimated competition schedule (start – aid stations – finish and cut off times): Folkhälsan Swimrun schedule
Area map of the Folkhälsan Swimrun Area (subject to minor changes): Folkhälsan Swimrun Area Map

 

 

PRE-RACE PRACTICALITIES

Confirmation of participation in the race must be made at the race office on 21 September 2019, no later than 08:50 AM.

Additional information about the confirmation of participation:
The confirmation should preferably be made on site on Friday at 13:00 – 21:30 or on Saturday at 08:00-08:50. However, if you cannot make it during these times you can make the confirmation by e-mail to address solvalla.swimrun@folkhalsan.fi. All teams that make the confirmation by e-mail should be present on Saturday 15 min before the race information session for their race begins.

All teams get a map, swimming caps, and start numbers after confirming their attendance.

Unpaid registration fees must be paid to the office by 08:50 AM on Saturday, 21 September. The competitors who have paid the registration fee in advance are advised to bring a receipt of the payment /race tickets.

Late registrations must be made to the race office on 21 September 2019, no later than 08:50 AM. The fees for late registration are: Sprint: € 165, Endurance € 195 , ÖtillÖ Merit Race € 210. Please note that late registration is possible only if there are available slots left.

Accommodation
Accommodation is available at Solvalla Sports Institute. The price is € 45 /person in double rooms and € 62 /person in single rooms. Breakfast is included in the accommodation fee. We also offer 3-5 bed rooms. If you require accommodation, please contact us.

EQUIPMENT
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.

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

Recommended equipment:
Pull buoy
Hand paddles
Pull cord
Goggles
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.

Teams that have started the race but for some reason do not wish to complete it must notify the race office about the termination as soon as possible!
Random equipment checks will be performed when teams finish.

HOW TO GET TO FOLKHÄLSAN SWIMRUN?
Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized by Solvalla Sports Institute.
Address: Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo

Preliminary schedule for Shuttle Bus Service
A shuttle bus service from Helsinki Airport to Solvalla Sports Institute on Friday will be organized as follows:
20 September 2018
17:30 Departure from the Airport to Solvalla
20:00 Departure from the Airport to Solvalla
Price: 15 euro/team.
Shuttle bus capacity is limited so please make sure to book your seats as soon as possible. To book your place in the bus please e-mail: solvalla.swimrun@folkhalsan.fi

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: https://www.hsl.fi/en or www.reittiopas.fi

RACE DAY PRACTICALITIES
Race briefing sessions
Race briefing sessions will be held for all participants.
Briefing session timetable:
ÖtillÖ Merit Race: 09:00
Endurance: 10:00
Sprint: 11:00

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.

Dining
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 alexandra.kvist@folkhalsan.fi.

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).

On these aid stations we will serve:
Vitamin Well+ sports drink
Nocco BCAA energy drink
Barebells bars
Water & Squash
The full list of drinks and snacks will be released in August 2019.

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)

Environmental responsibility
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 on the track. 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 nature may be subject to disqualification.

STAFF

Race Director: Mats Almqvist
Race Manager:
Tel. +358447578885
E-mail: solvalla.swimrun@folkhalsan.fi
Head of Race Course: Heikki Kiili
E-mail: heikki.kiili@folkhalsan.fi
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.

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

1. ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE
1.1 To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years old and able to swim.
1.2. Each team member needs to have a valid Swimrun insurance.
1.3. Your application is final. The Race Organization will reimburse no entry fee; with the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Insurance, you will get your entry fee back against a medical certificate.
1.4. It is allowed to change one team member of the same gender.

6. RACE COURSE
6.1. The race course is marked
6.2 The participants must follow the marked course
6.3 The participants that do not follow the marked course will be disqualified
6.4 There will be several water / food checkpoints throughout the course

7. MEDICAL POINTS
7.1 There will be several medical points where participants can get help if needed
7.1.2 There will be medical staff and equipment on boats and on land.

8. GENERAL ABOUT EQUIPMENT
8.1 All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish; if a team fail to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.

8.2 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PER TEAM
1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
2 Wetsuits, 1 per person, suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
1 Compass/Watch Compass
2 Whistles, 1 per person

8.3 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT THAT THE ORGANISATION WILL SUPPLY
Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
Maps
Timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged
100 Euros or equivalent)
Swim caps must be worn visible during all the swims

8.4 RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
Water bladder

8.5 EQUIPMENT CHECK BEFORE THE RACE
Before the race there will be a mandatory gear check.

8.6 EQUIPMENT THAT IS NOT ALLOWED
8.6.1 Flotation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.
8.6.2 No wetsuits can be modified with paint or color that washes off in the water. This will result in immediate disqualification.

9. TIMING
9.1 The time is from the start until the finish line
9.2 The team has to pass all timing checkpoints and the finish line together

10. CUT OFFS
10.1 Throughout the course there will be cut offs where the teams need to pass by a certain time to be able to continue racing.
10.2 Information about the cut off times will be given the day before the start

11. RACERS RESPONSIBILITY
11.1 The participants must know the rules and follow these
11.2 The participants shall respect other participants, organization, spectators and the people living in the race area.

11.3 The participants are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages
11.4 Doping according to Swedish RF rules chapter 13 are forbidden. 11.5 The participants are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organization is asking for it.

12 BEFORE THE RACE
12.1 The participants can train and scout the course prior to the race but have to respect the residents in the area and behave according to the Finnish “right to roam”. Training recommendations for the area will be communicated via news letter to the racers as some areas are sensitive from an environmental perspective. These recommendations must be respected.

13. DURING THE RACE
13.1 The participants are participating at their own risk and can not hold the organization responsible for any accident during the race.
13.2 The teams are obliged at their best ability to help another team that have been injured or being sick.
13.3 A team that has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organization.
13.4 The participants are not allowed to throw trash in the nature. If a team is doing so, they will get disqualified.

14. RACE JURY
14.1 Race jury is the race director and two persons from the race organization.
14.2 The race jury is:

Enforcing the rules
Decide the outcome of a protest
Decide about disqualification
Decide about course changes and changes in the rules
At least two members of the jury is needed to be able to take a race jury decision.
The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to take a decision about arisen situation if it is not clear in the rules
The decision of the race jury is definitive.

14.5 PROTESTS
14.5.1 A protest must be given in written to the race organization within an hour after finishing the race.

14.5.2 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 for the protest
If possible include witness with name or team number
14.5.3 A protest that does not fill the criteria of point 7.2.2 will be ignored.
14.5.4 A decision from the race jury will be communicated to those involved as soon as possible.

15. DISQUALIFICATIONS
Offence against the rules leads to disqualification.
15.1. External Assistance
It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people than the race organization. Each team has to make their own way from start to finish.

16. GENERAL SAFETY RULES
16.1 The two members of each team has to stay together at all time and cannot be more than 10 meters apart.
16.2 The race organization can refuse a team to continue if they judge them not capable due to fatigue or being in such bad physical condition that continued racing would be to take unnecessary risk.

17. MEDIA AND SPONSOR EXPOSURE
17.1 Sponsor Markings
The teams are allowed to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

17.2 Race Bibs
The race bibs cannot be modified in any way and must be worn all the time
17.3 Pictures and Film Free Rights
The participants gives the race organization the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television etc.

Environmental issues.
Due to our Environmental policy all racers are asked to return their race bibs after the race. Racers who deliberately leaves trash in the nature may be subjected to disqualification.
By entering the race each team member accepts the rules in full.
All images and rights from the event are reserved. All unauthorized commercial use of images will be legally addressed.

 

Folkhälsan Swimrun consists of three different races:

ÖTILLÖ MERIT RACE

The Folkhälsan Swimrun ÖtillÖ Merit Race distance is in total 38.8 km, of which 5.8 km is swimming. The ÖtillÖ Merit Race 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 segments! Learn more>>

ENDURANCE

The Endurance route is 25 km, of which 3.5 km is swimming. As this course is longer than the sprint race, it naturally also requires a higher level of endurance from the participants than the Sprint Race. The running segments in Folkhälsan Swimrun Endurance are not as technical as in the Sprint race, but there are still very tough segments in this race. Read more >>

SPRINT

The Folkhälsan Swimrun Sprint race is an extraordinary experience for those who want to try out the sport and enjoy the experience. The Sprint race is a total of 15 km, of which 2.5 km is swimming. The race is quite technical, so remember to stay alert during the running stages! Learn more.

Preliminary schedule Friday 20 September 2019

13:00–21:30 Race office is open, race registrations and confirmation of participation can be made.
Preliminary schedule Saturday 21 September 2019

08:00 The race office opens

08:00–08:50 Last minute participation confirmation must be done at the race office.

09:00–09:20 ÖtillÖ Merit Race briefing session

09:20–09:40 ÖtillÖ Merit Race teams: Team photo and random gear check

10:00 ÖtillÖ Merit Race Start

10:05–10:20 Endurance Race briefing session

10:20–10:40: Team photo and random gear check

11:00 Endurance Race Start

11:05–11:20 Sprint briefing session

11:20–11:40 Sprint race teams: Team photo and random gear check

12:00 Sprint Race Start

15:00–19:00 Warm dinner buffet is served at Restaurant Villa Solvalla

14:00–19:30 Lakeside saunas open

Additional information

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.

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.

Learn more about the Solvalla Sports Institute.

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.

Information about the Folkhälsan Swimrun race
Swimrun is a competition where a two-person team runs from one lake to another and then swims across the lakes. The Folkhälsan Swimrun races pass through the challenging, ever changing and extremely beautiful Finnish forest landscapes.
Solvalla Sports Institute arranges the Folkhälsan Swimrun races for the fifth time on 22 September 2019. The races take place in the Nuuksio National Park, in the Finnish city of Espoo. Folkhälsan Swimrun is one of the first ÖTILLÖ (Island to Island) Merit Races of the season 2019.
Folkhälsan Swimrun organizes three different race distances:
Folkhälsan Swimrun ÖTILLÖ Merit Race is ca. 38.8 km, of which 5.8 km is swimming.
Folkhälsan Swimrun Endurance was introduced in 2017. This distance is more challenging than the sprint race but easier to complete than the full distance Merit Race. The length of the track is 24.4 km, of which 3.4 km is swimming.
Folkhälsan Swimrun Sprint race is 14.4 km long. 12 km of the track is running and 2.4 km is swimming.
There are three competition classes in each race: women’s, men’s, and mixed.
The official Folkhälsan Swimrun course 2019
The course for 2019 will be the same as in 2018. The official race map will be published in Fall 2019.
The aid stations are marked with blue squares.
Good spectator spots are marked with a triangle and an exclamation mark.
Folkhälsan Swimrun 2017 (1)
Map: Folkhälsan Swimrun 2017
Distance information: Folkhälsan Swimrun Distances
Schedule
Press releases
Suomi: Folkhälsan Swimrun Press release FI2019
Svenska: Folkhälsan Swimrun Press release sve2019
English: Folkhälsan Swimrun Press release EN2019
For more information, please contact:

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.”
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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.
Learn more about the ÖtillÖ insurance here.

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.
Learn more about wetsuits and other Swimrun gear here.

You can also learn more about the gear you will need on our Folkhälsan Swimrun ABC page.
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. You will find all the information on the Race Information for Teams page on our website.
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.
Maps
Timing chip
Swimcaps. These must be worn visible during all the swimming stages.

Recommended equipment:
Water bladder, foldable cup or flask

 

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