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12th June 2020 - 13th June 2020

SwimRun Cancelled

Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, this event has been cancelled for 2020

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.

In just 4 years, the event has been watched on line in over 157 countries, with 31 nationalities represented among the participants. And last year, women made up 33% of finishers… girl power!

Covid 19

Given the current sanitary crisis, organisers were worried that they would be forced to cancel the 2020 event. Good news however came this week when decision-making administrations & managers of the sites crossed during the event gave a tentative, preliminary go ahead.

The final decision will be taken on Saturday April 25th.

If the event does indeed go ahead, strict health precautions will be put in place to protect athletes, volunteers and spectators. Here are just a few of the initial regulations:

Pre-event organisation

  • Cancellation of event briefing the day before the event. The 2020 video briefing is now online
  • Collection of race numbers will now be done outdoors and to reduce queuing times, the time slot has been extended : 9am to 8.45pm. There will also be a traffic system with double barriers to ensure that distances are respected.
  • Increase in the number of buses to limit the number of competitors on the road & imposition of strict cleaning of the shuttles between shifts.


  • Cancellation of handisports & children’s races.
  • Modification of certain tracks, done in collaboration with the police.
  • Possibility to compete on the lower distance on simple request, following the lack of training, induced by the confinement.
  • Competitors’ departure time is shifted according to the event.
  • Competitors start in a wave, with removal of the starting blocks, in order to use all the available surface area to position themselves.


  • Decrease in the number of refreshment points, in order to increase the number of volunteers at these points.
  • Zones with hydroalcoholic gel and monitoring of the protocol by volunteers for cleaning runners’ hands before reaching refreshment points.
  • Non-contact refreshment: fruit and single-dose non-contact portions, separated over several tables.
  • Installation of a circulation system with double barrier to respect distances.
  • Regular disinfection of all surfaces.

Four routes

  • La Kids (over 12 years) : 4km, covering 46 vertical metres CANCELLED
  • La Courte (short) : 13km from Collioure, covering 326 vertical metres
  • La Moyenne (medium) : 26km from Port-Vendres, covering 738 vertical metres
  • La Longue (long) : 46km from Banyuls-sur-Mer, covering 1863 vertical metres.
  • L’Ultra (crazy!) : 63.9km 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.

Although this event has been cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the organisers continue to support the local charities and look forward to welcoming the children back next year!

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