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27 and 28 JUNe 2020

‘‘ SWIMRUNMAN: Three race formats in a picture postcard setting !

An original event in a heavenly setting

SwimRunMan takes hold of Serre-Ponçon, for a race combining teamwork and a beautiful setting, with two activities (swimming and running/trail running) across the municipalities of Embrun, Puy-Sanières, Crots and Savines-le-Lac. 3000 hectares of water as far as the eye can see! Some even say that it seems like a part of the Mediterranean settled in the heart of the Southern Alps. Three routes are possible Saturday and Sunday opposite this vast expanse of turquoise blue water, which happens to be the second largest artificial lake in Europe.

@Philippe Murtas

SwimRunMan ?

The discipline is said to have originated in Sweden in 2002 when two brothers wanted to swim and walk from island to island. In 2005, the first official race was launched. In 2017, the term became a brand.

An entirely nature-based sport:
• the running sections take place on footpaths rather than on concrete,
• Sites, chosen for the views, break up sections of the race (running + swimming)
• alternating swimming and running (mini trial sections)
• routes between the lake and the mountains
• all equipment is carried by the competitors: the swimmer carries their running equipment and vice versa
• a pairs race, promoting team strategies

Kids’ Swimrunman, Saturday 27 june

Open to children aged 6 to 14 on the beaches and the dyke of the lake with a snack for everyone at the finish.

– MINI POUSSINS and POUSSINS – aged 6 to 9:
• Full distance: 800 m
• Swimming: 100 m
• Running: 700 m

– PUPILLES and BENJAMINS – aged 10 to 13:
• Full distance: 1500 m
• Swimming: 200 m
• Running: 1300 m


SWIMRUNMAN, three routes, Sunday 28 June

• Full distance: 10 km
• Running: 6.95 km
• Swimming: 2.85 km
• Time: 1½ to 3 hours

• Full distance: 22 km
• Running: 18 km
• Swimming: 4.45 km
• Time: 3 to 5 hours

• Full distance: 38 km
• Running: 31.70 km
• Swimming: 6.70 km
• Time: 5 to 8 hours

A few rules:
• Running: Members of a team must not be more than 15 metres apart or they may be disqualified.
• Swimming: Members of a team must not be more than 5 metres apart or they may be disqualified.
• Time limits: yes

– MINIMES – aged 14 to 15:
• Full distance: 2500 m
• Swimming: 500 m
• Running: 2000 m


On 28 June there will be hundreds of swimrunners rising to the challenge of the EMBRUN SWIMRUN, a unique race in an exceptional setting that will remain in your memory forever. The steep footpaths of the Embrun area will lead you to gain height above the Serre-Ponçon Lake and the Durance River, where you will further appreciate the moment.

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