We're proud to announce a sponsorship with SwimRun USA, making us the official swim partner of the 2018 races. Known as the most prominent swimrun event producer in North America, SwimRun USA's Casco Bay Islands event in Portland, Maine will celebrate its third running this August. A second event in blueseventy’s backyard of Seattle has been added to the series later this year. In recent years, swimrun has become one of the fastest growing endurance sports in Europe and is starting to take hold here in the USA.
The new event will take place on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. With an endless array of trails through Moran State Park, panoramic views from atop Mt. Constitution and crystal clear mountain lakes serving as swim crossings, the course will test each and every team to its core. The Long Course distance will feature 18 miles of trail running and 2.5 miles of swimming broken up over 12 different sections.
We have been working with the team at blueseventy behind the scenes for a few years in developing a specific suit to meet the unique demands of the swimrun athlete. We are happy to be aligned with a company who lives and breathes making athletes as comfortable and as fast as possible in the water. blueseventy’s Alliance suit checks all of the boxes to set our athletes up for success and is competitively priced as well. - Lars Finanger; SwimRun USA’s co-founder
Remaining true to the originators of the ÖTILLÖ, SwimRun USA events offer a two-person team format. Not a relay, teammates must race the entire course together. Rules permit swim aids such as hand paddles, pull buoys, wetsuits and even swim fins. Certain safety gear is mandated by race rules, and hydration and race fuel can be carried too, but what one starts with, so too must they finish. Changing from trail shoes to swim fins, or tending to awkward gear can chew up valuable time. Having the right teammate and equipment can make all the difference. New in 2018, SwimRun USA is offering a Solo category in the Short Course format, ideal for those coming from a single-sport background who want to experience this exciting new sport.
I couldn't be more excited to partner with the premier swimrun series in the United States. I've known Lars for years and his values as a race director mirror our values as a company. We both believe in giving the athlete the best possible experience. We've worked hard to create what we feel is the perfect swimrun suit and look forward to watching athletes compete these grueling races in our product. - John Duquette; blueseventy CEO
Other than your choice of teammate no decision will have as significant an impact on your race day success as the wetsuit and footwear you select. blueseventy’s new Alliance swimrun suit brings together three years of race proven testing and technical design refinement developed with feedback from some of the most knowledgeable people in swimrun. Built to give athletes an edge in and out of the water, the Alliance features an extended front zipper, rugged rubber, three pockets and full length arms that can be tailored to desired length. The Alliance proves your blueseventy wetsuit shouldn’t have to sacrifice speed in the water for speed on land.