Welcome to
  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!!


Open Water - Link



Many thanks to all of the participants of our SwimRun. It was a pleasure for us.


See you next year on 9th of July 2023 !






On 1 st of June there will be a 30 minutes contribution in ORF Sport +, we will provide a video


Many photos are already on our facebook and instagram accounts


We will provide a race video by end of June (as our filmer is on a trip to Nepal)

Detailed maps for each individual Part
3Maps SR Athleten.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Präsentation 1.7 MB

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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