Folkhälsan Swimrun

The registration for Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla 2021 is now open. The date is Saturday, September 17th 2022. Book your raceticket today.

Register for FSR 2022

Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla 2022 kicks off on Saturday September 17th.

The event is organized in 2021 in Noux National Park in Espoo, Finland a beautiful, varied and challenging Finnish national park environment.

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The routes for Endurance and Merit Race were updated for the races in 2021. You can see the new routes on the map (open a bigger size map by clicking on it):

Learn more about Folkhälsan Swimrun:

 

Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla was arranged for the eighth year in a row September 18th 2021. The competition was, again this year, challenging but at the same time according to many participants, the best that was arranged.

Winners at Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla Ö-till-Ö Merit race 2021 was:

Women: Finlands Svenska Idrott Henrika Backlund /Ann-Sofie Forrsten
Mixed: Your Pace or Mine? Jenni Korpi / Ville Korpi
Men: Team Envol Kawika Tarayao / Nicolas Remires

More results from Swimrun 2021 can be found here: PDF

 

About the Race

Registration

The registration for Folkhälsan Swimrun Solvalla 2022 is now open. Book the date September 17th 2022 today. Register for FSR at raceid.com.

Routes

Ahead of Folkhälsan Swimrun 2021, both the Endurance and ÖtillÖ Merit Race routes were changed. Changes in nature, the national park, safety requirements and feedback from the participants affect the route.

The relationship between swimming and running changed a bit until 2021. The iconic stairs towards Haukkalampi did of course remain, as well as the last ascent up the Swinghill slalom slope! Ahead of this year, the changes are small.

Race distances and classes 2022:

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The registration fee includes:

  • Swim cap, 1/participant
  • Race number, 1/participant (please return your race number after race, in accordance with the sustainability program of the event)
  • Timing equipment
  • Drinks and snacks during the event
  • Warm soup after race finish
  • Buffet dinner for the team after the event
  • Post-race lakeside sauna
  • A medal for participation in Folkhälsan Swimrun for all participants who finish their race
  • Any information or products our sponsors wish to provide for the participants

The three best teams of each race distance get prizes.

Last day for registration:

The online registration ends on September 15th 2022 at 1 pm (CET). Late registrations on site, if there is room in the event, no later than 90 minutes before the scheduled start time.

The participant packages can be picked up at Solvalla Sports Institute from September 16th 2022 at 2 pm.

Confirm your registration:

At the race office: Friday at 14.00–21.00 or Saturday at 07.30–10.45, but no later than 60 minutes before your start.

Please note:

The trails are technically demanding: roots, steep ascents and slippery sections. Stay alert! The water temperature is usually around 11–15oC.

Preliminary schedule, Saturday 17 September 2022:

07.30 The race office opens

08.30–11.00 Photography of the teams. Outside Solvalla Arena

07.30–08.30 Late registrations, in the race office, for ÖtillÖ Merit Race, Sprint by Keradur.

08.00–10.30 Late registrations, in the race office, for Solvalla Endurance and Solvalla Endurance Solo.

10.00 Start, ÖtillÖ Merit Race

10.15 Start, Sprint by Keradur

12.00 Start, Solvalla Endurance and Solvalla Endurance SOLO

Prize ceremonies, the timetable for this will come later.

Equipment during the race

Mandatory equipment for all teams:
1 first aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof, per team
2 wetsuits, 1 per person, suitable for water temperature of 12–15 degrees Celsius
2 whistles, 1 per person
1 emergency blanket per team (or per person in Super Sprint)

We also recommend:

Hydration bladder or similar
Swimming goggles
Hand paddles
Tow line
GPS watch or compass

Folkhälsan Swimrun will provide teams with:
Race bibs (must be worn visible during entire race)
Race course maps
Timing chip
Swim caps (must be worn and visible during all swimming stages)

Equipment that is not allowed:
Flotation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.
Wet suits modified with colour that dissolves in water.

Random equipment checks will be performed after the race.

Detailed infromation on equipment:

Wetsuit

There are many different wetsuits that are designed specifically for swimrun. Swimrun wetsuits usually have a zipper on both the front and back, which makes it easy to remove the upper part if it gets hot during the running stages. The Swimrun wetsuit is also adapted for running. Most swimrun wetsuits also have a whistle, which is an mandatory safety equipment, attached.

Folkhälsan Swimrun has no specific requirements for the type of wetsuit used in the competition. We still recommend that you choose a wetsuit that feels comfortable to swim in when the water temperature is 8–15 °C. The wetsuit can have short or long sleeves.

Race bibs
The race bib provided by Folkhälsan Swimrun must be worn for the entire duration of the race. Because our goal is to organize an environmentally friendly race and to respect nature, we aim to reuse the race bibs next year. Please help us to achieve this goal by returning your race bib in the bin provided for this purpose after you reach finish line.

Swim cap
Folkhälsan Swimrun will provide you with a swim cap for the race. Wearing the swim cap is mandatory during the swimming stages. If you wish, you can wear your own swim cap underneath it for warmth.

GPS watch or compass
For safety reasons, we recommend every team has either a GPS watch or a compass. Our race partner Garmin offers GPS watches that are particularly suitable for swimrun.

First aid equipment
Each team must have the following equipment during the race:

  • 1 first aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof, per team
  • 2 whistles, 1 per person
  • 1 emergency blanket per team

Random equipment checks will be performed before and after the race. If a team does not have the mandatory equipment, they may face disqualification.

Shoes
During a Swimrun event, you do not change your gear – you swim in your trainers and run in your wetsuit. Therefore, you should choose shoes that are lightweight, buoyant, and drain well. It is also important that the shoes are a good fit to stop them from falling off when you swim. Also ensure that your shoes have relatively good grip, as there is a lot of running on rocky surfaces during the race. Our race partner Inov-8 offer running shoes for both swimrun and other running. 

Optional equipment:

Goggles
Most teams use goggles when participating in Swimrun, but they are not mandatory. While goggles serve a purpose of protecting your eyes and providing improved vision in and under water, you also have to carry them along all the time.

Hand paddles
There are different sizes and types of hand paddles to fit swimrunners of all levels. The paddles can be used to improve your technique and to increase your power during the swimming stages. We recommend that you train using hand paddles before the race and test different paddles to see which ones suit you the best.

Pull buoy
A pull buoy or a leg float is a figure-eight shaped piece of closed-cell foam used for swim workouts. The buoy is placed between your thighs or ankles to provide support to the body without kicking your legs; this allows you to focus on your arms and let your hips and legs rest during the swimming stages.

Pull cord
The main use of the pull cord is to help pull the weaker swimmer during the swim stages. The pull cord is not mandatory, but we recommend one. 

Sauna and changing rooms

The lakeside saunas are open for racers after the race 14:00–19:30.

The changing rooms are in the Solvalla Arena building and in the old main building. The changing rooms in the Solvalla Arena building are reserved for the Swimrun participants (lockers with a lock, 1 euro coin as a deposit).

There is also a supervised storage room, for your bags, at the race center.

Food
Hot soup will be served for the racers immediately after the race. A free hot buffet dinner is also served after the race has finished, at 13:00–20:00.

Information about dietary restrictions should be sent to swimrun@folkhälsan.fi

Aid stations
There are altogether 5 aid stations on the race courses (1 on the Sprint course, 3 on the Endurance Race course, and 5 on the ÖtillÖ Merit Race course).

Racers participating in the ÖtillÖ Merit Race are allowed to bring their own food and drinks to aid station number 2. This station is located at the start and finish area, and the racers will reach it approximately 14 km into the race. On this station you can also leave broken equipment and trash.

Additional information

2014: Solvalla Swimrun was the first Swimrun competition to be held in Finland. 16 teams competed in the full distance race, which was the only distance to be arranged. In 2014 Solvalla Swimrun became an ÖtillÖ Partner Race.

2015: The participation numbers doubled, and the sprint race was organized for the first time.

2016: Approximately 70 teams participated in Solvalla Swimrun.

2017: Solvalla Swimrun Endurance route was introduced.
96 teams were on the starting line. All ÖtillÖ Partner races, including Solvalla Swimrun, became ÖtillÖ Merit races.

Solvalla is a national sports institute that stands on the shore of Lake Pitkäjärvi, next to Nuuksio National Park. In this area in Espoo, Finland, nature is unique, beautiful and untouched. Solvalla is located approx. 35 km from Helsinki city center and 17 km from Espoo city center.

Solvalla offers, among other courses, sports instructor and massage therapist qualifications. The courses are stimulating and provide good work prospects within the sports, health, and wellness industries, as well as within the field of youth and leisure activities.

Solvalla Sports Institute’s facilities include a Sports Arena, football field, gym, spinning studio, dance studio, boxing facilities, accommodation for approx. 100 guests, and 2 lakeside saunas. Solvalla organizes a variety of instructed activities, such as indoor climbing, canoeing, and sports related team activities.

Thanks to our extensive facilities and activities, we can provide an excellent meeting and training place for sports teams, companies, schools, and nurseries.

At Folkhälsan Swimrun, we are grateful for the pristine nature that allows us to arrange our race in such a beautiful environment. Our aim is to organize a green race and to promote sustainability so that we can arrange races many more years to come.

To protect the beautiful environment we do the following:

• We collect all race bibs after the race, with the aim of reusing them in the coming races. Please return your bib after the race.

• We forbid the racers from leaving any trash or equipment along the course. All trash and equipment must be carried to the finish line or thrown in bins at the aid stations.

• We enforce a rule that states that racers who deliberately leave trash in the forest may be subject to disqualification.

The amount of disposable cups usually used in sports events is huge, and this takes its toll on the environment. Inspired by our fellow race organizers at ÖtillÖ Merit Races, we aim to reduce the amount of paper cups used in our race. Therefore we encourage all teams to bring their own cups and/or flasks to Folkhälsan Swimrun.

For more information and requests:

Race Manager Mats Almqvist:
surename.lastname@folkhalsan.fi 
Tel. +358447578885

E-mail: swimrun@folkhalsan.fi

Folkhälsan Swimrun is organized by Solvalla Sports Institute. 
Address: Nuuksiontie 82, 02820 Espoo

Public transport
From the airport you can take the local train to the Huopalahti station. At Huopalahti you need to switch trains and get a local train to Espoo city centre. From Espoo city center, bus service 245 / 245A / 245K (Nuuksionpää or Kattila) goes to Solvalla Sports Institute.

For more information about public transport in the capital area please visit: https://www.hsl.fi/en or www.reittiopas.fi

Accommodation:
Single room € 62 / guest
Double room € 90 / room
The accommodation price includes breakfast.

We also offer rooms for 3–5 persons. For more information about accommodation during the competition, please contact us: swimrun@folkhalsan.fi

Race Director: Mats Almqvist

Tel. +358447578885
E-mail: swimrun@folkhalsan.fi

Head of Race Course: Heikki Kiili
E-mail: surename.lastname@folkhalsan.fi
Tel.+358 50 5901275

The persons listed above also form the jury to which the participants can make a protest. The protest fee is € 50 and will be returned if the protest is approved.

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    • Mats Almqvist

      Race Director, Folkhälsan Swimrun

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      +35844 757 8885

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