IV Puruvesi SwimRun 18.6.2022

Come and enjoy the clear waters of Finnish Lakeland and the green forests! 

Swimrun event in the clear waters of Finnish Lakeland

Puruvesi SwimRun -event takes place in Northern Saimaa -region, Finland, on June 18, 2022. Participants swim in the Lake Puruvesi, famous for its clear and pure water. The event centre (start, finish line, parking, food, sauna, possibility for accommodation - all in the same spot) is on a farm in the middle of idyllic Finnish countryside. The event suites both beginners and more experienced participants.  

Puruvesi SwimRun 18.6.2022

  • Event Centre and organiser: Matkailutila Naaranlahti, Kesälahdentie 1614, Hiukkajoki. Contact: puruvesiswimrun@gmail.com and +358 50 5440103.
  • Event programme:
    • Registration either on Friday evening or Saturday morning
    • 9:00: Event info for participants
    • 10:00 Start   
  • Services in a nutshell: Start/finish, parking and other services (sauna, dining, possibility to accommodate) are in one spot, on a local farm (Matkailutila Naaranlahti) in Finnish countryside, close to town Savonlinna. Swim sections in Lake Puruvesi, famous for its clear water. On foot, the route is located on the mainland.
  • Categories/routes/prices:
    • Cute (90 €): 12 km (of which 3 km swimming).
    • Mono (99 €): 16 km (5 km swimming).
    • Duo Standard (130 €/person): 23.5 km (7.5 km swimming).
    • Duo Double (150 €/person): 40 km (13.5 km uintia)
    • Preliminary route map as a separate PDF document. The longest swim section 800 m (Mono + Duo series). The routes will be confirmed during the spring.     
  • The entry fee includes:
    • A printed route map to be taken with you on the route  
    • Timekeeping and results
    • Right to use parking, dressing, sanitary and washing facilities at the competition centre as well as dry toilets in Petrinsaari Island on the route
    • Services of the service points along the route
    • Traditional fish soup after the race
    • Prizes
    • Bib (to be returned after the race)
    • Obligatory sales taxes
  • Registration: By Thursday 25 June latest by transferring the entry fee to the organiser’s bank account FI20 3939 0055 6245 14 / Matkailutila Naaranlahti and by submitting the following information by email (name, nationality, date of birth, telephone, email, category) and a receipt of the payment to the address puruvesiswimrun@gmail.com.
  • Rules: See rules in a separate document.
  • Accommodation: You can book accommodation at the event centre Matkailutila Naaranlahti. Possibility for accommodation in rooms (single/double rooms) or holiday houses. For available options contact info@naaranlahti.com.  


Memories from the summer of 2019: "I was most pleased with the clear water of Lake Puruvesi”

In June 2019, the first ever Puruvesi Swimrun event gathered 34 participants from Finland, Russia and Germany. Here, some feedback from the participants.

  • 65% of respondents gave the event an overall rating of 9 or 10 (grading scale 4-10).
  • 25% of respondents gave the event a general rating of 7 or 8 (grading scale 4-10).
  • 47% of respondents replied, "For sure, I will attend the event in 2020, too".
  • 40% of respondents replied, "I may participate/I do not yet know whether to attend the event in 2020".
  • Open comments:
    • "Challenging, great and exceptional"
    • "The amount of swimming was good and the length of swim sections varied. Had to think and navigate where to go. Refreshing in comparison to routes that have been marked too clearly. A challenging and varying route. "
    • "Excellent and unique event with warm atmosphere even for the spectators. Excellent – stay as you are!"
    • "At the end it was nice to run the road. On the islands we had to move on really mossy and rocky off-road surfaces. I was most pleased with the clear water of the Lake Puruvesi, as well as the fact that finally there’s a swimrun event where participants swim clearly longer time than they run.”

Photographer Jarno Artika captured the event in 2019 in pictures and videos. See below his 20 photos and a video that take us back to last summer's landscapes with blue skies and clear water. Thank you to everyone for creating the warm atmosphere!