I'm Sampo Hyppölä, the race director of Kuopio Swimrun, a pharmacy student and a non-professional Swimrunner. The main page is reserved for my Finnish swimrun blog otherwise it's all about Kuopio Swimrun race here!
In May 2018 after snow has melted I was doing my first trailrun on my new backyard, Neulamäki nature reserve. Running along those hilly trails and by the beautiful lakes I made a decision: This landscape must be shared for swimrunners cause this is what swimrun is! Varied trails, pine and spruce forests, rocks, lakes, islands, hills...you name it! And all this totally wild nature is located right behind the city of Kuopio.
Two months later Kuopio Swimrun was first time launched on the top of the hill Neulamäki with a small enthusiastic group of swimrunners all around the country. And they loved it! Since 2019 the competition centre was changed into the area of School Neulamäki where the infrastructure made it possible to bring up the event without sacrificing any meters of the lovely terrain. Kuopio Swimrun had become one of the major Finnish swimrun races with two different courses: Long 25km and Short 15km. Challenging hills and lovely swims gave birth to slogan: "Kill the Hills - Like the Lakes"
In 2022 Kuopio Swimrun will launch new race distance Kuopio Swimrun Ultimate including maraton of trail running, quarter maraton of swimming, 50 s/r-sections and more than 1100 vertical meters up and down. It will certainly be the toughest swimrun race in Finland and even more!
Feel free to decide your distance, trails are ready for you! Are you?