Whoever knows the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon knows that autumn is registration time. On November 1st, registration for Swissman Extreme Triathlon 2019 will open. From November 1st to November 15th, adventurous athletes from all over the world can register on the official Swissman homepage; and, with a bit of luck, 250 of those athletes will land a coveted starting place.
On Saturday, June 22, 2019, the seventh edition of Swissman Xtreme Triathlon will take place. Following the perfect conditions from last year, the dedicated Swissman Crew will be ready to make Swissman Xtreme Triathlon 2019 another unforgettable adventure. All involved will prepare carefully for this demanding route: a 226km, long-distance triathlon including 5,500 vertical meters in elevation gain that dares athletes to swim from the palms of Ticino, to bike across three Alpine passes, and then run a marathon into the Bernese Oberland, up to the eternal ice of the Jungfrau region.
Endurance is an attitude
While luck plays a major role in the registration lottery, endurance helps too! In order to secure a starting slot, unlucky athletes who missed out on the draw in previous years increase their chances when they register again. These names will be listed twice in the pot. And an additional ticket in the draw will be added with each unsuccessful registration. That means, an athlete’s chances of getting a starting place increase with perseverance: endurance sport is an attitude!
Familiar atmosphere and familiar faces
For many athletes, Swissman becomes much more than a one-off experience. As an athlete, supporter, or even as Crew, some return year after year. Like Thomas Müller from Stallikon: « In 2018 I switched sides together with my partner. We simply have this feeling that we are always welcome at the Swissman, either as an athlete or as a helper.
Swissman has this special way to trigger such inspiration. The entire organization deserves a big thank you! » After participating twice as an athlete, Müller was the final trailing Swissman that night, but for the first time as part of the crew.
Draw: advantage for Swiss
The Swissman is Swiss through and through. This should also be reflected in the starting field: half of the starting positions are reserved for Swiss athletes. The rest will be raffled among the other nations.
At the end of November, 250 athletes will be notified. In January 2019, the final start list will be published. It’s always thrilling to learn who will be in luck for a starting slot, June, 2019.