ATOBE ULTRA PRELIMINARY INFO

* All information is preliminary*

* Course stages at the bottom*

Total Distance: 108 km
Running Distance: 97 km
Swimming Distance: 11 km

ATOBE ULTRA is our newest addition which spans from Hörvik, Blekinge, to our race arena in Immeln. The course starts off with roughly 30 km swimrun in marine environments to then link up with Skåneleden(famous hiking trail) for a roughly 50 km long trailrun, before plunging into Lake Immeln. From there the participants connect to the Immeln Swimrun course along the western side of the lake and ends with a lap on our SOUTH course. The preliminary total distance is 108 km, whereof 11 km swimming. 

Before the race

There will be a mandatory Race Meeting prior to the race. More info about this will come. 

Start kits can be picked up at the Race Arena. 

There is available parking near the Race Arena. 

The Start

The start is in Hörvik, Blekinge. Participants will be offered transportation from the Race Arena in Immeln before the start. 

The start will be at night on the 21st, preliminarily at 03.00 AM. The first and second swim of 660 m and 914 m will be in darkness. We will have guiding lights for those swims as well as security boats following the swimmers. 

Throughout the race

Participants will meet multiple checkpoints and energy stations throughout the course. These will be specified well in advance. 

Race Officials will be present throughout the course to aid you and cheer you on. They may turn out to be your best friends on this Ultra-endeavor! 

There will be drop zones for either leaving baggage or picking up baggage. These will be marked on the map once planning locations are set, but preliminary spots are in Sölvesborg at the end of the first stage and at Skärsnäs at the start of the 4th stage. See below for the stages. 

Cut-offs

Cut-off times will be presented shortly. They’ll be set in a forgiving manner while still allowing us the ensure our high safety standards. 

Finishing and afterwards

The finish is at the Race Arena in Immeln. A nutritious dinner will be served upon arrival. 

Forms of gathering after the race will be in relation to Covid regulations in August 2021. Info regarding this will be posted continuously. 

Our Race Arena is under supervision the entire race and participants may leave gear in a dedicated area. Any dropbags from the start will be transported to this area. 

Rules

Rules that apply are based upon our normal swimrun rules. Read more on our page RULES.

Additions or reductions to the rules for ATOBE ULTRA may be added. If so, participants will be given notice. 

Mandatory gear: 

  • Wetsuit
  • Swimcap 
  • Whistle

Voluntary gear:

  • Paddles
  • Fins(no larger than 15 cm from toes)
  • Pullbuoy(no larger than 30 x 50 cm)
  • Swimming goggles
  • Rain jacket
  • Backpack
Housing and staying over
There are multiple options for those who wish to spend a night or two in proximity with the race. We will present some suggestion and recommendations below shortly. 

Contact information ATOBE

Melker Larsson – Race Director / [email protected] / 0723867138
Henrik Larsson – Head of courses and officials / [email protected]  / 0708221711

Stage 1: Hörvik – Sölvesborg. (Swimrun)

Distance: 27 km

Running: 23 km

Swimming: 4 km

Description: The race starts with a swim through Hällevik before taking a lap on the natural reserve of Listerlandet. The run follows trails with ocean views and ends with a tour of the southern headlands. A return swim across Hälleviks Bay follows(probably night) before a long run crossing multiple rural villages with lots of nature between them. During this run participants will most likely see a rising sun coming up from the ocean, welcoming them for two swims in Sölvesborg and with a final crossing of the scenic bridge before finishing stage 1. 

Stage 2: Sölvesborg – Näsum. (Trailrun)

Distance: 23,6 km

Description: This stage starts with a quick elevation gain up on Ryssberget. While travelling along small forest roads and rocky trails you’ll have big views in the east of Listerlandet. You’ll see hillsides of pebbles which indicate the Baltic icelake had its shoreline, some 12 000 years ago. 

On the ridge of Ryssberget you’ll run through the biggest beech forest in Blekinge. Here you will also make your first crossing of the border into Skåne. A few kilometers further along you’ll run through diverse forests and start to get a view over the valley of Näsum, which was an ocean bay 80 million years ago. This valley is famous for the discoveries of ancient dinosaur fossil, indicating that the area have gone through tremendous transformation. The stage ends with a descend into the valley, crossing small meadows before ascending on the other side. 

Stage 3: Näsum – Högön. (Swimrun)

Distance: 24,7 km

Running: 23,7 km

Swimming: 1 km

Description: Rounding the outskirts of the farmlands in the valley, just south of Östafors, you turn sharply westwards, towards the vast network of lakes connected to Immeln. Through diverse forest with some historic spots, you’ll have varying terrain. Some segments will go through wetlands where you’ll run on footbridges. Approaching Lake Raslången you finally get to plunge in the water again for an 800 m swim. While many hikers choose to make camp by the lake due to its beauty, we carry on towards the finish line. Another 9 km of wonderful trailrun awaits us before reaching Lake Immeln. With an almost movie like descent through Skärsnäs natural reserve you have joined the NORTH course. Make sure that you are prepared for some true swimrun. 

Stage 4 – Final Stage: Högön – Immeln. (Swimrun)

Distance: 33 km

Running: 27,5 km

Swimming: 5,5 km

Description: The final stage of the course offers some true swimrun in spectacular lake environment. Lake Immeln is our pearl and ATOBE ULTRA will connect to the traditional course in the northern part of the lake, via a descent through natural reserve Skärsnäs before swimming to Högön. Högön(The high island) offers some panorama views of the lake. From there participants will traverse the lake via headlands and islands that offer some technical trailrun as well as nice and soft, almost floating, running through a large spruce forest with moss covered floor. 

On the western side of the lake participants can enjoy some simple gravel road running until arrival in Breanäs. There follows a 450m swim, a traverse of a headland and another short swim. For the following run participants needs to muster up some energy for a step uphill on forest trails. This last for about 1km and thereafter follows 4km of smoother running before the swims in connection to Kvinnoöarna. Here you will be able to restock on energy.

The following section offers beautiful trailrunning through majestic beech forest. Be prepared for some small uphills once you reach the outskirts of civilisation, some of our previous races have been won in these parts due to strategic energy management. 

After a swim of 600m participants will cross the Race Arena and start a final lap on our SOUTH course. The eastern parts of that course offers varying running landscapes as well as picturesque bays for swimming. After reaching the edge of the headlands, a swim to Tjärön awaits and some island hopping before once again reaching the final western part of the course. The last swim this time around is different, and instead goes from the beach to the pier. From there participants will receive some well deserved cheers before finally crossing the finish line of ATOBE ULTRA.