Today marks the opening for the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon 2018 lottery. Within the following two weeks, from November 1st to November 15th, adventurous athletes can head over to the official Swissman homepage to sign up for the draw. It is a coveted quest, only 250 lucky triathletes will secure one of the slots.
On Saturday June 23 2018, the sixth edition of the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon will take place. The endurance event which covers a distance of 226 km incorporating 5500 meters of altitude, leads the Swissman athletes from the palm trees of Ticino across three alpine passes towards to the eternal ice and heights of the Jungfrau region. The Preparation for this extraordinary adventure begins now, when athletes decide to take on the challenge and enter the draw.
An extra boost of luck
From the very beginning, the Swissman has been known for the challenge and experience that it offers rather than the finishing times that the athletes achieve. The Swissman Crew also takes this principle to heart when awarding the limited starting places. This is very much a guiding principle adopted by the Swissman crew when the race draw is decided. Because the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon attracts around 1,000 people from up to 70 nations every year, a lottery awards the 250 slots. Swissman co-founder Katrin Simioni confirms that each year the event is held, ‘the number of race registrations is overwhelming.’
This year’s registration introduces an important change: athletes who were not chosen in last year’s lottery will receive an extra advantage. Their name will be listed twice in the pot. This trend is one which will be followed in the years to come meaning that the chances of getting a starting place for Swissman increases with every additional registration.
Swissness all over
The Swissman is Swiss through and through. Half of the starting grid is dedicated to Swiss athletes, making 125 slots available for raffle worldwide. At the end of November 2017, 250 lucky athletes will be notified of their success; in January, 2018, the final start list will be published. Swissman co-founder Beat Stadelmann is looking forward to the coming months: « It is always an honor for us to accompany the 250 lucky athletes and their supporters on their way to an unforgettable adventure. »
We can’t wait to find out who has the luck on their side this time around!
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Swissman Xtreme Triathlon – different in every aspect
Extreme triathlons are booming and the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon is proud to be known as one of the first.
Founded in January 2012, the Swissman Xtreme Triathlon took place for the
first time in June 2013. On Saturday June 24 2017, the fifth edition was held. The long-distance triathlon calls upon the athlete’s physical resilience and mental toughness as they journey from the Lago Maggiore to the Kleine Scheidegg over the Gotthard, Furka and Grimsel alpine passes with only basic support provided throughout.
The Swissman possesses the same basic conditions as an original triathlon of the 1970s. The Swissman is about a common experience and an extreme performance. It is not about the finishing time which is why the event takes place without official
The Swissman, along with Norsemen and Celtman, is a member of the new Xtri World Tour triathlon series and reflects the diversity of Swiss nature.