Immeln Swimrun is a unique race that takes place in wild, beautiful, challenging and varied nature in Östra Göinge, the mythic borderland between Skåne and Blekinge. Competing two by two the fastest team from A to B will win.

The race starts in Breanäs and finshes in Immeln village. It runs through majestic beech woods, across beautiful Islands and into dark and exciting waters. The course is designed by Henrik Larsson, experienced orienteer and chairman of FK Göingarna.

 

The Courses


WEST 12K / SHORT DISTANCE

WEST12K is our sprint distance which we introduced for the first time in 2017. The course runs along the western shore of Immeln lake and is divided into six swims and five runs. The longest run is 5.5 kilometres and the longest swim approximately 400 meters.
The race starts at Breanäs with the longest swim. From here the competitors head south running through the forests before reaching the mainland shore. After crossing the heavily frequented islands, Kvinnoöarna, a more technical trail starts that runs through the beautiful beech woods of the western shore. Then the teams swim across the lake to the eastern shore before following gravel roads towards Immeln village. The race is completed by a final short swim before reaching the finish line.

 

The Courses


Stage 1 / Breanäs - Södra kvinnoön


After the initial 400 meters of swimming app. 4 km of running begins. It starts with a short distance of a few hundred meters before it's time to wet your feet again as you wade about 10 meters across to the western edge of Immeln lake.
Here you will face the toughest kilometers on the entire track. First a distance of about 300m which is proper "off-trail" and then a steep climb of about 70 meters up to the highest point of the track. The reward for the climb is that you hereafter end up on beautiful forest trails that descends gently until you reach Ebbarp. After this the second swim of the course starts, leading over to Kvinnoöarna and the only checkpoint of the course.

 

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Stage 2 / Södra kvinnoön - Immeln village


As you ascend at Näsudden after swimming from kvinnoöarna, the longest run of the course awaits before arriving at the bay of Immeln village It follows the western shore and is initialized by offtrail running leading on a mixture of smaller gravel roads and steep offtrail tracks of which some goes across rocky ground where it is crucial to keep control on where to land your feet. After having passed a small lake called Ljumma sjö, which is connected to the main lake by a narrow canal, the terrain changes to smaller roads and paths that are nice to run on. The last part of the stage, that leads up to the bay of Immeln village, goes through majestic and beautiful beech forests. From here the athletes need to perform, a short swim to the eastern shore, a short run and a final short swim before reaching the goal in the marina.

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The Courses


EAST 35K / LONG DISTANCE

Our original course

EAST35K is our original course which takes place for the fourth time in 2018. The race is divided into ten swims and nine runs and is characterized by technical off-trail running which has been highly appreciated by our contestants and equally, highly challenging to them. The longest run is 13,4 kilometres and the longest swim is approximately 750 meters.
The race starts with a swim from the beach at Breanäs to the western shore of the lake. From here competitors run north before reaching the shore and what is often, due to windy conditions, the toughest swim to Vejlön. After Vejlön the athletes reach the northernmost point of the race. From here the course leads south along the eastern shore of the lake, in another swim and the longest run of the race, before reaching Mjönäs. Straight after the longest run, the longest swim takes place which initiates a complete traverse of the lake. Having completed this stage that runs across 4 smaller islands, the contestants find themselves back on the western shore. The last part of the race is completed by running through beautiful beech woods, and a final swim across the southern most bay of the lake, to the finishing line at Immeln village.

 

The Courses


Stage 1 / Breanäs - Nabben


Coming out of the water after the first swim a very scenic run on small trails is at hand. After one kilometer the run continues on gravel roads which is followed by offtrail running over a steep ridge. The distance between the ridge and the second swim is carried out on gravel roads.

 

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Stage 2 / Vejlön


There are no prepared trails on Vejlön so the crossing of the island is offtrailrunning through leaf and pine forests. The final part of the stage runs along the edge of a deforestation area.

 

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Stage 3 / Draget - Lissudden


The major part of this stage is carried out on gravel roads through beautiful forests. The final 500 meters are offtrailrunning through leaf and pine forests, leading up to a cliff, where the next swim starts.

 

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Stage 4 / Kassudden - Udden


This is the longest consecutive run of the race. It takes off on a path that after 500 meters changes to gravel road for another kilometer. Thereafter the athletes start to run along skåneleden through John Baueresque forests. Gravel roads of various character dominate the next part of this stage, that leads up to Ladbacken. The second half starts with a small stretch of tarmac which changes back to gravel roads leading through beautiful beech forests, before arriving at the next swim.

 

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Stage 5 / Udden - Kvinnoöarna


Once having terminated the longest run, the longest swim of the race starts which is followed by several shorter runs and swims that take the athletes across the central part of the lake. The athletes ability to frequently switch between swimming and running is thoroughly tested. The running is offtrail, occasionally simplified by paths carved out over the years by canoers and other visitors. The forests are sparse but the pace may be slowed down by blueberry bushes and heather.

 

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Stage 6 / Näsudden - Immeln


The final stage of Immeln Swimrun East follows the western shore and is initialized by the toughest offtrail run of the race. The first two kilometers is a mixture of smaller gravel roads and steep offtrail tracks of which some lead across rocky ground where it is crucial to keep control on where to land your feet. After having passed a small lake called Ljumma sjö, which is connected to the main lake by a narrow canal, the terrain changes to smaller roads and paths that are nice to run on. The last part of the stage, that leads up to the last swim, goes through majestic and beautiful beech forests.

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About us

The founder and initiator of Immeln Swimrun is ATOBE (Read: A to B), a community of open-water swim and trail running enthusiasts. The current aim for the community is to create and implement racing concepts that focuses as much on friendly ambiance, healthy lifestyle and nature, as the element of competition. Immeln Swimrun 2018 is the fourth racing event and the ambition is that it will be followed by more races and activities.

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