16. BackwaterMan Waldviertel
"The Special One"
SwimRun 5/6. June 2021
Open Water 3rd / 4th July 2021

Registration for 2021 opens in late November

We thank our athletes for participating and holding a safe race in 2020.
We congratulate all finishers and wish everyone a successful season and stay healthy. We look forward to seeing you in 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.


Please find the link for startles and result (SwimRun Half/Marathon includ. Split time after 7k and 23 k)

Results Open Water 2020 link 

Results Swim Run 2020 link 

Backwaterman official Race Videos 2020


Backwaterman SwimRun 2020


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This is the classic open water long distance event with an unmistakable flair in the fjordlike waters of the Ottenstein reservoir north-west of Vienna.


Now new with the SwimRun event!


The Backwaterman Waldviertel is since 2006 the pioneer of the long distance open water scene. 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 1500m Open Water competition.

New for the 15th jubilee, the revival of the traditional 14 k will take place  and a 3 k distance is added. 


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


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

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