Welcome to
16th Backwaterman Waldviertel
"The Special One"
SwimRun new date 18/19th of September  2021
Open Water 3rd / 4th July 2021

New open water route at the Dobra reservoir over 6.5 km.

The 3 km route is swum from the Devil's Rock along the fjords to the boat operation.
SwimRun Charity Opener over 7 km
Gala evening with birds of prey show in Waldreichs Castle

Registration for 2021 is open



NEWS 2021 - in order to develop ourselves organizationally and to be able to make an even better offer in 2021, we will divide the Backwaterman into a SwimRun-Weekend and an Open Water-Weekend. This enables us to offer a supporting program on the one hand, but also new swimming routes, among other things are checked at the Dobra reservoir.


update: due to Covid 19 restrictions we postponed the event to 18/19th of September


Please find the Link for startlists and results (SwimRun Half-/Marathon included. Split time after 7k and 23 k)

Results Open Water 2020 Link 

Results Swim Run 2020 Link 

Backwaterman 2020 - Official Race Videos


Backwaterman 2020 SwimRun


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15 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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