Bellingham Swimrun

Thank you to all the racers, volunteers and sponsors of our inaugural Bellingham Swimrun!
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What is Swimrun?
Swimrun is a sport that was born in the archipelagos of Sweden in the 2006.  Since its inception, the sport has grown rapidly and now has a world series with the World Championships held every September in Sweden.  

Otillo, the creators of Swimrun describe it this way…

“The team alternates between running and swimming along a pre-marked course in nature; it can be between islands or between lakes. As a team you share the experience, the fun, the beauty and the suffering. Swimrun is emotion!”

Here’s a great article about the history and approach of Swimrun

Gear Guide and additional SwimRun Info

The Course
Bellingham Swimrun will be the first Swimrun event held in Washington State, held at Lake Padden in Bellingham, WA.  

Participants will travel 15 km split into 7 different running legs and 6 different swimming legs. Participants travel in a team of 2 and stay within 10 meters of each other at all times.  

See below for required and recommended gear. 






0.6 km

600 m



4.6 km

500 m



2.8 km

750 m



1.0 km

200 m



2.0 km

400 m



0.5 km

400 m



0.3 km



11.8 km

2.85 km

14.65 km

The Weekend
East side of Lake Padden Park
7:30 – 8:30am: Racer Check-in
8:30am: Pre-Race Meeting
9:00am: Race START

The first annual Bellingham Swimrun will be held on Sunday, May 14th following Kulshan Quest Adventure Race on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams competing in both events.


View the list of Registered Racers

Looking for a teammate? Here is a forum to help you out

Thank you to our Sponsors!



SwimRun Equipment:

Bellingham SwimRun will provide swim caps for the event.

Required Equipment:

    • Wetsuit – The water is going to be pretty chilly, so be prepared.
      • SwimRun specific wetsuits are on the market, but any triathlon wetsuit will suffice.
      • Blueseventy has great wetsuits.  Check out their line up of wetsuits.
      • Wetsuit Rentals – Contact Train-Or-Tri in Bellingham.
        • Phone: 360-296-8427
        • Email: trainortri@aol.com
        • Store: 909 Squalicum Way #105/Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Shoes – You are going to want some sort of footwear.  
    • Icebug – The only company that currently makes a SwimRun specific shoe is Icebug.  They are pretty awesome.  Check out the Icebug Acceleritas5 RB9X.
    • If a SwimRun specific shoe is not currently in the budget, or you want to wait until you try a few races to see what you think of the sport, then you can use any running shoes.  We recommend a shoe that is lightweight and drains water well.  Waterproof shoes won’t help much since you will be swimming in them.
  • Swim Goggles – Any swim goggle that fits your face is fine.
  • Whistle – one per person

Optional Accessories – Other items that are allowed

    • Pull Buoy – You have to carry it for the entire race, but many people like the added buoyancy, and giving their legs a rest on the swim
    • Swimming Hand Paddles – Again, you will have to carry them while you run as well, but they can help on the swim.
  • Gloves – Keep those fingers warm
    • Foot Insulation – Liners or socks to keep the toes warm in the cold water.
    • Tow line – This is a team event, and it is not uncommon to have one team member stronger in the run, and the other team member stronger in the swim.  Utilize teamwork and assist the weaker member with a tow.  A 6’ – 8’ chunk of ¼” bungy works great.
    • Waist Belt – a small pack to carry a little snack can be a nice addition.
    • Photo of the setup – and a bit of Scottish humor, check out the Loch Gu Loch.
  • Banned Items
    • Propellers
    • Jet packs

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