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  Backwaterman Waldviertel
"The Special One"



Backwaterman SwimRun 27./28./29.5. 2022

Backwaterman Open Water 1./2./3.7. 2022


Registration for 2022 is open!!

Swim Run - Link

OpenWater - Link



Update – latest and important Information SwimRun 28.5.




Covid 19- - almost no restrictions, just in some place like supermarket, bank, postal service with FFP 2 mask


Temperature: water actually 20,5 degree, we will update from Wednesday, expected 28th of may, 21 degree water and sunny, 18 degree air


Material: recommended Neopren Shorty (without sleeves) , calves on personal behalf


there will be a boot with neopren and material offer from Friday  and vivobarefoot shoes on saturday


Rental: please give us a notice in advance with your weight and height, than we can arrange a rental for 35 Euro



Race briefing: Friday 27th of may, 4pm on facebook live in german and english


With latest information , practical information about the place, marking and checking the route , this will be saved as video



Online Registration is open until Friday 6 pm


Post registration on Saturday with +5 Euro


Starterpackage: with Race BIP and swimcap


Friday from5 pm – 7 pm, Saturday from 8am – 10.30 am



Starts: Marathon 9 am, Sprint/Trial 10.45, Half 11 am


First finishers: Trial 12 am, Sprint: 12.45, Marathon  2.15 pm, Marathon Half 2.30 pm



Hot Spot: Camping Schloss Ottenstein, point 2 (7,5k)  on the route,


1,5 km walking distance from the castle,  


sprint/half will pass there 60 – 80  minutes after the start and 7,5km  distance, marathon will pass that again at km 22


Side events


Friday 27th 5 pm free guided visit of  the castle about 40 minutes


6 pm grill buffet at the courtyard of the castle as get together


Saturday 28th, free banquet for finisher of half and marathon,


Ticket for family , sprint and experience for 20 Euro (incl. beverage – oay directly at the buffet)


Sunday 29th, brunch with get together and music in the castle






There will be the first time a livestream from 10.30am – about 2.30 pm on our facebook page






Results (also with split timing after 7,5 k and 22 k)






Vivobarefoot shoes


Vivobarefoot has the longest experience in SwimRun shoes and will be present with a boot – have a look




MySwimRun Championships Qualifier event


Discover the best SwimRun sceneries in Europe!


We are the first ever race of that new series, which gives you an annual European ranking and add points for qualification for championships 202






New: My SwimRun Championships



Backwaterman SwimRun 

is a Qualifier Event

for Sprint, Halfmarathon and Marathon , Team and Solo


Your benefits

  • Discover the best SwimRun sceneries of Europe
  • Championships for different distances apply  better to individual strengths
  • Enjoy the different flavour and special culture at different locations from individual organizers
  • Annual ranking of your points you gathered at our qualifier races for sprint, halfmarathon and marathon 
  • Enjoy the image status having been qualified for the Championships or your annual ranking


OpenWater 2022


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16 year tradition
This is the Classic-open-water-long-distance-event with a distinctive flair in fjordlike waters of the Ottenstein reservoir north-west of Vienna.

The Backwaterman Waldviertel is the pioneer of the long distance open water scene since 2006. Jumping from the ship to get to the start of the race is legendary.


In addition to the traditional 7km race, there is also a 750m and 1.500m Open Water competition.

New for the 15th jubilee in 2021, the revival of the traditional 14k-race  will take place  and

a 3k distance is also added. 


Since 2020 an epic  SwimRun competition is offered in this unique nature.

More: SwimRun event!


Enjoy the mystical power places, the innumerable possiblities of nature, pleasure and culture in this Scandinavian-like environment individually to race or as a family getaway.


A region for explorers and ideal conditions to slow down and recharge your batteries is waiting for you, in one of the most beautiful water and valley landscapes in Europe.


Open water experience is waiting for you - Be a BackwaterMan!

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