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  Backwaterman Waldviertel
"The Special One"


Save the date:

Backwaterman SwimRun 27./29.5. 2022

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


Registration for 2022 is open!!

Swim Run - Link

OpenWater - Link



We are currently holding the coordination talks on the 2022 program with our partners and will probably be able to provide you with information on this by the end of October.


In addition to the previous program, we are working on the integration of the 3rd Kampsee at Open Water, so we would have 3 lakes in the program for 3 days. We are also evaluating alternative fjords for our 3 km route. We want to offer our athletes who have traveled further a comprehensive program, including side events, so that the long journey pays off several times over. With the SwimRun there will only be small changes to the route with an additional hotspot.


Your Backwaterman team


SwimRun 2022



OpenWater 2022



Backwaterman Trailer 2021


7:34 minute Video - click on the link

Impressionen 2021 "Backwaterman"


Athletes Marathon, Halbmarathon, Trial und Sprint


Open Water 2021



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 

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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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