As a relatively new sport that began in Sweden in 2006, the swimrun race format has been rapidly growing in popularity with hundreds of races across Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.
Orca has watched the swimrun format blossom, and in 2016 the wetsuit and apparel specialist is ‘excited to be getting behind the expansion of this race format, helping to showcase swimrun to the rest of the world!’
The company notes that it will be supporting the first Swimrun event in Spain, the Swimrun Costa Brava event in April; the first Swimrun event in the USA at the Casco Bay Islands Swimrun; and the major Swimrun event in the capital of the home of swimrun, the Stockholm Swimrun in June.
Orca adds that it will also be sponsoring the Breca Swimrun series held throughout the UK, Hells Hop in Scotland and finally the Barcelona Swimrun in November.
In line with this event support, and following on from the success of Orca’s RS1 Swimrun wetsuit released in 2015, the company has also announced the upcoming release in July 2016 of its Core Swimrun wetsuit.
The soon to be released Core version will ‘offer a price-pointed option that meets the unique Swimrun race requirements with the flexibility to swim unrestricted, the freedom of movement to run off-trail and durablility to sustain lots of slips and knocks.’
The new swimrun core wetsuit is priced at €199 / US$199 / £149. Also available is a swimrun top priced at €79 / US$79 / £59. These accompany the Orca RS1 Swimrun wetsuit (€399 / US$399 / £299).
A release from Orca concluded, ‘We believe the Swimrun ethos of conquering nature aligns perfectly with the Orca brand and we look forward to getting behind the expansion of this unique race format in 2016 for more to enjoy!’
The Orca brand is ‘inspired by the open sea and its natural spirit of freedom.’ Founded in New Zealand but with a global outlook, Orca was created in 1992 because former triathlon champion and brand founder Scott Unsworth was passionate about creating better, faster wetsuits than those on the market at the time.
That relentless desire to use cutting edge innovation to fuel the best performance remains with Orca today. The Orca name evokes the instinct and prowess of the powerful ruler of the oceans. Like the Orca whale, ‘our designs have always been organic, streamlined and in tune with nature.’