SwimCross is an obstacle course open water swimming lake competition with 4 obstacles along the course with an in-the-water start and run-on-land finish. In each heat, 10 athletes race together. The final pits the best 8 women and best 8 men together in Strandbad in Uster Zurich, Switzerland.
Olympian Swann Oberson won the women's event in 2015.
2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nominees
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16. World Ice Swimming Championships (Russia)
2015 WOWSA Award Nomination
SwimCross in Switzerland
SwimCross is an innovative and enjoyable open water swimming lake competition with four purposeful obstacles situated along its course in Strandbad in Uster Zurich, Switzerland. The event demands not only strategy and strength, but also testing the athletes' agility and balance. It adds another exciting layer of challenge by also serving as an elimination-style race with an in-the-water start and run-on-land finish. In each heat, 10 athletes race together with the final championship heat pitting the best 8 women and best 8 men together. For its uniqueness as an open water source, for its physical challenges that test myriad physical capabilities, and for its elimination-format preliminary races and final championship competition, the SwimCross is a worthy nominee for the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.