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SwimRun – back on the agenda for 2021

18th June - 19th June

SwimRun Cancelled

Now an established date on the sporting calendar, Argelès-sur-Mer has the distinct privilege of hosting the annual SwimRun Event for the Côte Vermeille.

Each year, in June, this relatively new discipline pitches teams of 2 against one another in a race along our beautiful yet unforgiving coast line. At times swimming, at times running ; participants test their mettle across 6 possible distances, tackling the coastal coves of the Mediterranean and the rocky trails of the Albera Massif.

Over 6 years, the event has been watched on line in over 157 countries, with 31 nationalities represented among the participants. And at the last event in 2019, women made up 33% of finishers… girl power!

Covid 19

Organisers were worried that they would again be forced to cancel the event this year but just one month out, things seem to be on track… we’re keeping everything crossed!

Strict health precautions will of course be in place to protect athletes, volunteers and spectators.

Five routes

  • La Kids (over 12 years) : 4km, covering 46 vertical metres
  • La Courte (short) : 13km from Collioure, covering 328 vertical metres
  • La Moyenne (medium) : 26km from Port-Vendres, covering 738 vertical metres
  • La Longue (long) : 47km from Banyuls-sur-Mer, covering 1863 vertical metres.
  • L’Ultra (crazy!) : 63.3km from Cerbère, covering nearly 2.5 vertical kilometres (2498m)

(*Vertical meters measure the incline/decline of a route)

In 2017, organisers Sylvain Rousselat and Olivier Serra, extended the scope of their event to include access for disabled children, an initiative that has gone from strength to strength over the years.

Working closely with children’s charity, Courires 66, they fund raised for the material, equipment and personnel needed to invite 10 residents of the centre for children with motor disabilities, IEM Galaxy, in Argelès.

In addition to the army of volunteers needed to manage the original event, the children were supported by more than 70 people, all of whom were moved by the evident pleasure the kids got from participating.

Sylvain remembers their enthusiasm and courage as a “belle surprise“; an extraordinarily sociable moment in which the children took centre stage, and shone. It fuelled Sylvain and Olivier’s desire to again widen their  horizons and in 2018, alongside 10 more children from IEM Galaxy, 5 disabled adults took part in La Courte.

Supported by no less than 120 additional volunteers from Courire 66, IEM Galaxie, Solimar (residential centre for disabled adults) and Enfants de la Mer (local community group), the 15 participants were an inspiration to other competitors and onlookers alike.

Got what it takes?
Online registration
 is now open

Certain events are already fully booked but you can put your name on a waiting list in case other teams pull out.

You can also get involved as a volunteer to help with organisation on the day. Sign up here.

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Here's what you can look forward to in 2020


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