Natalie Foote Takes on ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN in Sweden
Catalina Island native; endurance athlete; nature and wellness aficionado; health guru… these are just a few ways to describe this strong and beautiful member of the Seavibes team (not to mention inspiring, motivated and sweet as Summer sunshine). Having only recently completed a 3-day prone paddle circumnavigating her entire home island of Catalina (an entire DAY faster than expected), Natalie is now boarding a flight to Sweden, to compete alongside her brother in what’s considered one of the world’s toughest races, according to CNN.
Started in 2002 as a 'drunken bet', the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun, held in Ornö, Sweden, is a team-sport based on two persons traveling through nature and time, completely dependent of each other. The team alternates between running and swimming non-stop along a pre-marked course in nature; it can be between islands or between lakes. As a team you race within 10 meters of each other, you share the experience, the fun, the beauty and the suffering in this rugged event. Natalie herself is quite familiar with endurance races similar to this, but she will soon be encountering a new, less familiar element native to Scandinavia – the cold.
Natalie and her brother will participate in this grueling race beginning September 1st and will be raising money for the Catalina Island Foundation. We can’t wait to follow along as she takes on yet another awe-inspiring feat of physical, mental and emotional strength. GO NATALIE!!