+ What is SwimRun?
In SwimRun events, participants run and swim along a set course of trail runs and open water swims without stopping in between. It’s similar to aquathlon where participants undertake a swim and then transition to a run. The main difference between aquathlon and SwimRun is that participants switch between running and swimming many times during a single event, running in wetsuits and swimming in their trainers.
+ In the team event do I have to run, swim or do both?
If you enter as a team of 2, both participants run and swim together, racing as a pair throughout the event.
+ How much does it cost to enter?
- Munro Route – Team of 2 – £90 pp
- Munro Route – Solo – £95
- Corbett Route – Team of 2 – £60 pp
- Corbett Route – Solo – £65
+ What's included in the entry fee?
- Medal for all participants
- Full water safety cover to governing body standards (Kayaks, motor boats etc.)
- Safety and Medical teams across the run routes and on the summit of Ben Lawers
- Electronic chip timing via velcro ankle straps.
- Free access to event photos via Facebook and the event website
- 15% off voucher for a 2 night stay over the event weekend at Loch Tay Highland Lodges (2 nights between 18th and 21st September). You will receive your discount code in your confirmation email after your register.
- Custom event swim cap
- Use of race bibs (returned after the event)
- Race hydration from Active Root
- Free on-site parking at Loch Tay Highland Lodges
+ What's the minimum age?
- Participants must be 18 years old on the day of the event.
+ What are the race timings?
- Saturday 19th September: 2pm – 4pm (Times TBC)
- Sunday 20th September: 7.30am – 9.30am
- Munro Route Start: 10am
- Corbett Route Start: 11.30am
- Race Briefing: 15 minutes before each start time
+ What's the route card?
- Munro Route
- 2Km run, 750m swim, 21Km run, 1500m swim, 2Km run, 750m swim. Total: 25Km running and 3Km swimming, 5 transitions, 4800 feet of ascent (approx.).
- Corbett Route
- 2Km run, 400m swim, 10Km run, 750m swim, 2Km run, 400m swim. Total: 14K running and 1550m swimming, 5 transitions, 2000 feet of ascent (approx.).
- Swim Routes
- Each 750m or 400m loop starts and finishes at the same point.
- Run Routes
- Maps and elevations can be viewed at the link above.
- Route Alterations
- Run and swim route distances may be subject to change on the day of the event due to adverse weather. Participant safety is paramount to Tay Fitness Events.
- Finish time for teams of 2 is based on the time of the 2nd participant. Teams must make every effort to stay together during the run sections.
+ What are the route conditions?
- Terrain: trails, narrow paths, sections of technical running, steep ascents
- Swimming: rocky and sandy beach entries and exits.
- Difficulty: to complete this race you need a medium (sprint) to high (full) level of fitness
- Munro Route: The second run summits two mountains on the same range that are each over 3000 feet. The total ascent over the 3 run sections is 4800 feet (approx.)
- Corbett Route: The total ascent over the 3 run sections is 2000 feet (approx.)
- The event route passes through protected areas of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve. We are very lucky to have been granted permission to use it by the National Trust for Scotland. As such it is mandatory that participants stick to the path, do not take shortcuts or run on the verges, and have consideration for other visitors.
+ What facilities are there?
- Heated changing tents
- Bag Drop
- Toilets and Showers
- On-site catering at the award winning Italian Restaurant – Ciro’s at Loch Tay
- FREE parking
+ Do I need to wear a wetsuit?
- Wetsuit use is mandatory if the water temperature is 15⁰C or below, or optional if the water temperature is 15.1⁰C or above.
- Any type of wetsuit is acceptable
+ What kit do I need?
Each participant must have:
- A wetsuit suitable for temperatures of 11°c
- A whistle
- Trainers – clean and suitable for hill running
- 1 Foldable cup/soft flask to drink from at the energy stations
- 1 litre of water (Munro route only) – bottle/bladder is filled at the Lawers waterstop
- Lightweight waterproof jacket
- Hat and gloves
Participants must bring their mandatory kit to registration
- Tether, paddles, pull buoys, tow ropes, fins (no longer than 15cm, measured from the toe)
- Participants must carry all their kit throughout the duration of the event
+ Where can I stay?
- Why not stay on-site, just metres from the start line, at Loch Tay Highland Lodges. All entrants will receive 15% off their wide range of accommodation suitable for individuals up to large groups. Find out more at lochtay-vacations.co.uk
+ Where will the water stops be?
- There will be 3 water stops on the L2L SwimRun route.
- Firstly at the exit from the water in the changing area, which can be accessed at any point
- Munro Route waterstops – 4Km and 17KM during 2nd run. Participants must be self-sufficient for the middle 13Km of the run. Participants must carry at least 1 litre of water or energy drink.
- Corbett Distance – 4Km and 6Km during 2nd run
- Hydration – provided by Active Root
- Snacks – TBC but will include sweet and salty options
+ Will the run route be marked?
- Each of the run routes (2Km, 10Km and 21Km) will be clearly marked with large yellow and orange arrows.
- There will also be marshals located at key junctions and water stops, to guide you if necessary.
- The 10K and 21K routes cross the road outside the Lodges, you will be marshalled across it.
+ Will there be prizes?
- Yes! Thanks to our sponsors: Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Yonda and Active Root, there will be prizes available for the winners of each event.
+ Is the event safe?
- Tay Fitness Events want to reassure you that you will be in very safe hands while taking part in Loch 2 Lawers SwimRun. Throughout the event you will be monitored by water safety kayakers and motor boat staff and medics. You will never be far from our highly skilled event team, ready to help you. If for whatever reason you require some assistance, just lay on your back, pop your hand up, and one of our safety team will make their way to you to check everything is ok.
- Whilst on the run route you will be kept safe by a large and highly experienced team of hill safety and medical staff.
+ Can I defer/transfer/get a refund?
- Deferrals: If a participant is unable to take part they may request a deferral up to 1 month before the event. The place will then only be deferred if the number can be reallocated.
- Transfers: If a participant is unable to take part they may request to transfer their place to another swimmer up until 1 week before the event.
- Refunds: Can be requested until 1 month before the event and are subject to a 10% admin fee. After this date, credit codes will be issued IF the withdrawn place can be reallocated to a new participant. Credit codes are also subject to a 10% admin fee. They can be used against any other event within 1 year.
- Make a Request: If you wish to request a deferral, transfer or refund, please email email@example.com.