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Kraken is finally ready for One Water Race

February 21, 2022

One Water Race 2022

/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – One of the world’s foremost and most respected swimrun teams, Kraken Swimrun is now ready for One Water Race, the world’s toughest endurance race, 23-25 August 2022. Team no. 6, Sweden is a team of swimrun world champions and an impressive line-up with Pontus Lindberg, George Bjälkemo and Helena Sivertsson. The team has a unique experience of Stockholm’s archipelago and the terrain that makes them one of the top teams.

The first official One Water Race, August 23-25, 2022, a new concept that strives to establish the world’s toughest endurance race. The racers will face one of humanity’s toughest challenges, over land and sea, 250 km, Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden. A new era in endurance racing and climate activation – all for the benefit of our world waters and the award of $100,000 in prize money.

– This is a team we have been waiting for and is now finally ready, a very experienced and dedicated team with a highly professional relationship to the challenge. I have had the privilege of following this team closely during their development, their drive and capacity really lifts One Water Race to the highest level, says Thomas Ogander.

One Water Race is a concept created to be the ultimate proof of human capacity, through a unique combination of adventure racing, orienteering, swimrun, ultramarathon and the distance and combination of running, swimming and navigation. One Water Race is a professional race and created for the best endurance racers in the world. A level required to meet the extreme challenge, 250 kilometers from Arholma in the north to Landsort in the south, a distance of 6 marathons running and swimming. Nonstop.

One Water Race is adapted for a maximum of 10 teams, each team consists of 3 racers and a team captain, with both sexes needing to be represented and be out on the course the entire time. One Water Race wants to reward the racers for the extreme effort required with one of the highest prize money in endurance racing, $ 100,000.

The admissions process is tough and it is of the utmost importance to ensure that participating teams have the required capacity. The draft continues and Thomas Ogander can present the sixth team in One Water Race 2022 – Team No 6, Sweden. A team of swimrun world champions and respected athletes with impressive merits and professional experience from swimrun, triathlon and endurance racing. The team and Kraken Swimrun have been a driving force in both training and product development of swimrun and challenges in archipelago terrain.

Team No 6, Sweden

Pontus Lindberg, 44, Stockholm, Sweden

George Bjälkemo, 40, Stockholm, Sweden

Helena Sivertsson, 44, Stockholm, Sweden

Team Captain, TBD

– This is a team of professional and dedicated champions that I have the greatest respect for as individuals and team. Unfortunately, they have been injured in 2021 but they are also champions in rehab and look to come out stronger than ever for One Water Race 2022, says Thomas Ogander.

– We love the challenge and the whole concept behind it, bringing attention to the even bigger challenge we all face together from an environmental standpoint – saving our world waters. Our goal is winning but no matter what, appreciating each other and this great adventure, says George Bjälkemo.

Merits Team No 6, Sweden

Pontus Lindberg

  • Multiple Pro Ironman top 5 finishes
  • Swedish Triathlon National Team Member
  • 2017 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Utö (1st place men)
  • 2017 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, 1000 Lakes (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Hvar (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Utö (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Isle of Scilly (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Engadin (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Cannes (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series (overall winner, 1st place men)
  • 2019 Ötillö Swimrun World Championship (1st place men)

George Bjälkemo

  • Multiple Pro Ironman 70.3 top 5 finishes
  • Swedish Triathlon National Team Member
  • 2017 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Utö (1st place men)
  • 2017 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, 1000 Lakes (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Hvar (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Utö (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Isle of Scilly (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Engadin (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Cannes (1st place men)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series (overall winner, 1st place men)
  • 2019 Ötillö Swimrun World Championship (1st place men)

Helena Sivertsson

  • 2015 Ötillö Swimrun World Championship (2nd place mixed)
  • 2016 Ötillö Swimrun World Championship (2nd place women)
  • 2017 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, 1000 Lakes (1st place women)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, 1000 Lakes (1st place women)
  • 2018 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Cannes (1st place mixed)
  • 2019 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Cannes (1st place women)
  • 2019 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Malta (1st place women)
  • 2019 Ötillö Swimrun World Series, Cannes (1st place women)
  • 2021 Ötillö Swimrun World Championship (1st place women)

One Water Race: August 23-25, 2022

Teams:            Max 10 mixed three-man teams, consisting of women and men, from all over the world.

Distance:         250 km, of which 200 km running and 50 km swimming.

Location:         Stockholm archipelago, Sweden

Start:                Arholma

Finish:             Landsort

Prize money:   USD 100,000

One Water Race

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/644496704

TV studio: https://vimeo.com/647430376

For further information, high-resolution images and interview requests, please contact:

Heléne Airijoki, press contact SpoilConcept, email: helene.airijoki@spoilconcept.se or +46 73 385 03 19.

Thomas Ogander, One Water Race, email: thomas.ogander@onewaterrace.com or +46 70 749 00 85.