Saltholmen SwimRun Challenge is an extraordinary experience in the finest surroundings in the world. In the midst of small islands and skerries in Norway's most beautiful archipelago we will guarantee you a mind-blowing experience. Starting in front of Lillesands historic town hall you will alternately swim and run across fjords and islands all the way to Saltholmen Lighthouse – and back!.


Wednesday 24th july

16:00 – 18:00 Registration Open

Thursday 25th july

12:00 – 15:00 Registration Open

15:30 - 15:34 Pre-Race info

16:00 Race Start - Sprint

16:05 Race Start - Experience (full/half way)

Race Course

(See map above) The course will be marked with signs, branding tape and coloured paint.


Security personnel will be present on every swimming stage. On both sides of the stage in addition to personnel on water. When crossing Blindleia (swim lap 5&12), the most trafficked waterway in Norway, there are a vast number of security personnel and boats. Redningsskøyta, Red Cross and Police in addition to volunteers in boats will literally close Blindleia for traffic.


There are 3 food/energy/drink-stations along the course.


We recommend Lillesand Hotel Norge, Vertikalen or Tingsaker Camping. Lillesand is normally fully booked in the summer so be early. Airbnb is also an option. Other options within 20 minutes drive: Scandic Sørlandet and Scandic Grimstad.

1. Organisation

Sup & Stup AS
Sandvigveien 44
4790 Lillesand, Norway
Phone: +47 40401944

2. Race fee and entry prerequisite

To be able to participate in the Saltholmen Swimrun Challenge you must be at least 18 years old and able to swim. Participants under 18 can participate together with a parent or with written consent from parents. All athletes must register and pay for their entry at to participate.

3. Race course

3.1 Race course

The Saltholmen Swimrun Challenge athletes must follow the racecourse shown in the map. Athletes that do not follow the racecourse will be disqualified.

3.2 Checkpoints

There will be several checkpoints throughout the course, see map.
There may be additional un-announced checkpoints along the course, not shown on map.
Athletes/Teams failing to pass a checkpoint will be disqualified.

3.3 Weather conditions

In case of extreme weather such as high winds or poor visibility or in case of another unexpected situation, the race organisation has the right to shorten, or change the course or in worst case even cancel the race.

4. Equipment

4.1 General about Equipment

All athletes must bring all their equipment from start to finish.
Athletes picking-up or dropping-off equipment will be disqualified.
Before the race there will be spot checks of the mandatory kit check.

4.2 Recommended equipment

Wetsuit suitable for water temperature of 15 degrees Celsius
Swim cap
Swim goggles

4.3 Equipment that is NOT allowed

Floatation (pull buoy) help that is bigger than 32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm
Swim fins
Any motorised equipment

5. Timing

The time starts 16:00 or 16:05 for each respective athlete and stops when they have passed the finish line. The link to timing will be updated on our webpage and on our social media accounts a few days before the race.

6. Cut off times

All athletes must pass checkpoint Salthomen before 17:30 CET. Athletes/teams that do not make it to specified cut-off point in time will be taken off at Saltholmen Lighthouse and transported back to the start/finish-line by boat.

7. Racers responsibility

7.1 General

The athletes must know the rules and follow these.
The athletes shall respect other athletes, organisation, spectators, tourists, the environment, and the people living in the race area.
The athletes are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages.
Doping is forbidden as per Norges Idrettsforbund (NIF).
The athletes are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organisation is asking for it.

7.2 Before the race

The athletes can train and scout the course prior to the race but have to respect the residents and land-owners in the area and behave according to the Norwegian “Allemansretten”.

We do not recommend crossing Blindleia (swim lap 5 & 12) except from on the run-through and the race day. Due to heavy boat traffic it is dangerous!

Run-through approximately a week before. Information will follow.

7.3 During the race

The athletes are participating at their own risk and cannot hold the organisation responsible for any accident during the race.

The athletes are obliged at their best ability to help another athlete that has been injured or sick.

An athlete that has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organisation.

Garbage can only be left at the energy stations. Littering will lead to automatic disqualification at first offence.

8. Rules

8.1 Race jury

Race jury is 3 persons from the race organisation.
The race jury is:
Enforcing the rules.
Decide the outcome of a protest.
Decide about disqualification.
Decide about course changes and changes in the rules.
At least two members of the jury are needed to be able to take a race jury decision.
The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to make a decision about a situation if it is not clear in the rules.
The decision of the race jury is definitive.

8.2 Disqualifications

Offence against the rules may lead to time penalty or in worst case lead to a disqualification.

8.3 External assistance

It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people than the race organisation. Each athlete must make their own way from start to finish.

9. Safety

9.1 General safety rules

The athletes shall never move further away than 10 m from the trail.
The race organisation and the medic team can refuse an athlete or team to continue if they:
A) are not equipped with above specified compulsory equipment.
B) judge them not capable because of fatigue or being in such bad physical condition.

Media and sponsor exposure

10.1 Sponsor markings

The athlete is allowed to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

10.2 Pictures and film rights

The athletes give the race organisation the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television, and movie. The athletes also accept our video or film crew to use drones as part of filming on the course.

Accepting the rules

By entering the Saltholmen Swimrun Challenge all athletes have accepted the rules in full.

Results 2023: See results
Results 2022: See results
Results 2021: N/A
Results 2020: Cancelled due to COVID
Results 2019: N/A
Results 2018: See results


Frode Strømman

Race Director
Saltholmen Swimrun Challenge
+47 40 40 19 44