“The Vidöstern Swim +6km”


This is a competition depending on the conditions of nature. The lake Vidöstern is a very tough lake to master, swimming. The wind often blows with a strength of 4-7 m/s. Fog is quite common. Your participation is all at your own risk.

”Your ability to be well prepared, persistent and to navigate on your own put you to a test. Your ability to swim long distances on your own, to stand cramp, seasickness, cold, fatigue, pain, nourishment and liquid is a part of the race.

The security is well dimensioned but on purpose leaves a part of the responsibility to you, as a swimmer.  You own responsibility is part of the challenge.To be allowed to participate you will sign a document where you take on full responsibility.


8th of august 2020 2.00 pm


Toftaholm Herggård , Lake Vidöstern


695 SEK 

Last day for registration 4th of august 11.59 pm


Participation is at your risk. In order to start, you will have to sign a disclaimer after the pre-race meetup.

A wetsuit is one of the safety measurements in this race. It is obligatory for security reasons for you and the arranger.

An exception is possible, but then you contact the race management info@vidosternsimmet.se for information and conditions for the exception, before signing up to the race.


A trailing buoy/marker, “Safe-Swimmer”, is yet another of the safety measurements in this race and is obligatory. It has two functions;

→ to show where you are
→ to help you float, if necessary.

It is attached to your waist and it floats about half a meter behind you. All swimmers use the swimcap handed out to you at the prerace meeting.



There will follow boats going back and forth. It is your responsibility to notify a functionary/race management if you decide to discontinue the race.

  • Call on a boat by waving your hand.
  • Show that everything is okey with a thumb up

A doctor and other medically trained personnel with knowledge of CPR will be present at the race.

Along the entire race there will be big, yellow buoys to facilitate your navigation, at approximately a distance of 1000 meters.  If you would diverge from the course, functionaries on boats will help you back on track.



Postpone the start by 1-2 hours if there is fog, thunder, etc.


Cancel the race in case of thunder.


If foggy we use, if possible, “pace” kayaks. Like in the start of a trotting race…Please note that nobody swims past the “pace kayaks until the safety personnel allows you to.


In bad weather conditions which endanger the safety of swimmers and crew, cancel the entire arrangement, or, if possible, change to the day after.


Restrict the amount of swimmers


The maximum time to achieve an official position and a “finish t-shirt” is three hours. All those who complete the race receive a medal, even if the time exceeds three hours.


There will be two stops where you can get drinks/food/energy.

  • Ekens Camping after about 1000 m
  • Gyllene Rasten after about 3500 m

Drinks:    Water, sports drinks (Umara sport), Coke, coffee
Food/energy:   U-bar – Energy bar (cocos, cranberry, apple/cinnamon och mint chocolate)
U-gel – raspberry, bananas, buns, Snicker´s, candy.

In all the follow boats there is INSTANT ENERGY GEL and water, during the race.

When you reach the destination you are served food, coffee and waffles.


You bring your car or own transport to Sundet where you pick your start kit. From there you will travel by bus to the start at the Ekens camping. The bus departs at 12:45 from Sundet, Be on time !!. The bus arrives at

The bus departs at 12:45 from Sundet, Be on time !!. The bus arrives at start (Ekens camping) about 13.00. You walk about 300m to the start and the location of the change of scenery.

The start is at 14:00.



You pick your start kit at the reception in Sundet. You get the bathing cap, labeled bag for coveralls, etc. There is generous parking space. Check-in can take place from 11.00 to 12.30 at the latest.

NOTE! If you have not checked in you may not participate in the race.




The transport of your change of clothes is to the destination from the start area is taken care of. You put your clothes/bag in a black plastic bag, marked with your number, and we take care of it.



There are toilets at the start in Toftaholm and in Sundet, the destination area.



There are several hotels and bed and breakfasts in Värnamo (see www.visit-varnamo.com).



You have a chip in your buoy and automatically check in and out at the different depots.There will be functionaries to make it run smoothly at all the depots. After the race the preliminary times are presented. The detailed lists of results will be on our webpage within 1day. You will be able to see your specific time according to time spent at the depots and time in water.



If you decide to discontinue the race immediately notify nearest functionary on land or in a boat. You will be picked up within 15-30 minutes and will be taken to the destination area where you find your clothes, a hot tub, food and a possibility to shower.

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