Open Water "Backwaterman"

1./2nd July 2023

Thanks for the great weekend.

We congratulate 246 participants from 20 nations on their great achievements.
Our photographer has put 250 photos of the 7 km and 14 km online in the picture gallery. 

You can also find additional photos on our social media platforms. Thanks for coming and have a good season for the organizing team Andrew Sachs







Saturday 1st July 2023

Classic Open Water

  7 km open water
 14k open water (double distance) LINK

"The special One" - the classic 7 km from Mitterreith to Ottenstein are a special experience. Arrival by ship or boat. Pure nature in the fjord-like waterways of the Ottensteiner reservoir with many bends and turns, waiting for the swimmers. Orientation is part of mysticism. Simply unique to swim here.
The 14 km marathon distance with start and finish at the Ottenstein boat company is only possible with an individual guide in the e-boat (places are therefore limited to 20).

People's distances

Everyone 750m / Olympic 1500m LINK

New 3 k Relay for 2 or 4 athletes

In the fjord-like arena between the dam, ruins and castle, 1 - 2 laps (1.5 km -2x 0.75 km) open water experience await you in the lake arena.

The course is fully visible from the terrace of the restaurant - ideal for beginners or short-distance specialists


In addition we offer the first time

a relay for 2 oer 4 athletes

which will be conducted on the same 750 m triangle course and offers a plenty of fun together with your friends or colleagues

Elite sport

Junior OW Cup 750m/1500 m


The best young swimmers stop in the Waldviertel. As part of the "Junior Open Water Cup", the young athletes in 4 different age groups, from 10 to 17 years old, will show what potential they have on different lengths of route.

Sunday 2nd July (morning)

Backwaterman -Adventure Challenge


We offer you a new fjord called Purzelkamp which is seen is the nicest one becaus of his narrowing arms and rocks beside. You will start with the boat and jump into the water to the start line. Swimming along the fjord-like bays back to the boat operation offers you unique views below the big bridge to the ruines of Lichtenfels and the boat operations as finish line. Enjoy the race. 





Green deal   


Our environment secures our future.




We also want to make our contribution. For years we have been recognized as a particularly sustainable event.   




We are now going one step further and supporting sustainable travel.




We offer a bonus of 10% of the respective entry fee for all those athletes who arrive sustainably (ie in the form of public transport such as train, bus or bicycle).   




This bonus is collected and invested in a sustainable project in the region. This is determined together with the municipality/NÖN.   




Proof is provided on site by means of a ticket etc.   




link to public arrival