Adrian Solomon and Eugenia Baltag participated in two ÖTILLÖ Swimrun races this summer – in Switzerland and Sweden. ÖTILLÖ is an endurance competition with several stages of running and swimming, in places not quite accessible to every person. It classifies it as one of the toughest races in the world, writes diez.md.
Teams consist of two people who are linked together and must overcome all obstacles together. Adrian told that he first heard about the ÖTILLÖ swimrun in 2018 at the Dinamo stadium. There, he started training with Liviu Croitoru (his coach) for Ironman Barcelona.
“At the time, he was telling me that it was the hardest competition that he would never go back to, because there the teams swim between the 24 islands and run on them. The total distance is 70 kilometers, of which nine kilometers are open water swims and 61 kilometers are runs.
But Liviu participated in the long distance world championship. This was also confirmed by Dmitri Voloșin, with whom Liviu made a doubles pair at the ÖTILLÖ world championship, which is said to be considered one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world”, mentions Adrian.
Participation in such a race requires special training, regular swimming training. Adrian says he strictly followed three swimming and three running workouts per week. At the same time, he points out that his experience in mountain running has created an advantage for him over his ÖTILLÖ swimrun competitors, who, as the young man says, are very good swimmers in cold water.