The Classic Open Water 7 k 


The 7 km Backwaterman has been the most traditional long distance race in Austria for 14 years. The unique fjord landscape in the Ottenstein reservoir offers open water swimmers a pure experience of nature. The reservoir is only accessible in a few places and therefore invites you to discover it by boat, canoe and SUP. The journey with the MS Ottenstein to the starting point in Mitterreith is special.


Attention: The capacity of the ship is limited to 100 participants and will be allocated after registration.


The total limit of the 7 km distance is 100 participants.


Accompanying with a canoe is prohibited for safety and competition reasons.


We recommend a buoy system for non-club swimmers.


The 7 km Backwaterman are part of the Austrian Open Water Majors, the 3000 m part of the Volks Cup and the junior competitions are part of the Junior Open Water Cup.


Program Sequence


Friday July 1. 2022

Exhibition stand 16.00-19.00


Race briefing will take place via Facebook livestream on Friday 4 p.m., questions can be posted. The live streaming is then available as a video at any time.


Saturday July 2. 2022

Open Water Fair from 7.30 a.m.


Registration: 8.00 - 9.15

Boat departure: 9.30

Start: around 10.15 am Mitterreith bathing area


Depending on the current Covid 19 restrictions, the start takes place in slots or timetrial mode.


Finish closing time 13.45

Award ceremony: approx. 2 pm terrace boat operation


Resgistration fee !

  until 31.12.    until 31.3.      until 15.6.    until the event
   50 euros       55 euros       60 euros      65 euros




high quality swimming cap made of silicone
Starter bag
Finisher's Cup
water rescue
food at finishline


Attention: the popular Backwaterman towel can be ordered at the special price of 12 € (value 29 €) via the registration system.


Age Groups

General Swimmer (A- Class)


Age Classes Age


Junior Class female (F 0) 16 till 23

Junior Class male (M 0) 16 till 23


General Class female 1 (F l) 24 till 39

General Class male 1 (M l) 24 till 39


master Class female 2 (F ll) 40 till 49

master Class male 2 (M ll) 40 till 49


master Class female 3 (F lll) 50 till 59

master Class male 3 (M lll) 50 till 59


master Class female 4 (F lV) 60 +

master Class male 4 (M lV) 60 +



Age Groups

Sport Swimmer (S-Class)


Age Classes Age


Junior Class female (F 0) 16 bis 39

Junior Class male (M 0) 16 bis 39


General Class female 2 (F l) 40 +

General Class male 2 (M l) 40 +