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