This race course is fast and spectacular! Not only do you need to be able to move fast along never-ending forest trails, you also need to be strong in the water with many swim sections and almost 25% swimming. The water is usually calm and flat so think of it as a giant pool. 11 swim sections means lots of transitions, be fast in and out of water to gain time.
The weather in late September is still quite summer-like, with warm days and cool evenings. As some of the swims are long remember to dress smart. Check the weather and temperatures leading up to the race so you do not get caught out as in 2016 where there was a dramatic drop in temperatures the last week. This is why the race has been moved three weeks earlier. Dress smart and according to the conditions.
Get ready for a fast paced race.
This race course is mystical, almost as if you are in a tunnel. A tough start in Wesenberg will bring you to pristine lakes and wild forest trails. You will pass places which feel like you are in the 20s and you will swim through amazing waterways. In the forests most of the ground is hard-packed sand and the trails are very clear, it will be fast running! We love almost straight line race courses.
We have decided to increase the amount of open-water swimming in our races and here you will all be put to test, almost 18% of swimming in magical lakes. The course will have 10 swims, totaling 7,5 kilometres; of which the longest swim will be around 1 300 metres. You need to have your transitions dialed, if you are not fast there you will lose lots of time going in and out of the water.
The winning time will be around 4 ½ hours. We will have two cut-off for safety reasons and the longest time on the course will be 8 hours. Your team needs to be strong in the water and fast on land.
The total distance is 41,4 km. There will of course, be plenty of safety, energy stations in cool places and medical staff on call.
Get ready to embark on a new adventure, through mystical forests and in untouched lakes. Get ready for a wild race!