Next year, here at Vigour Events we are are hoping to expand upon our already varied schedule and introduce the aquathon (or aquathlon), a multi-sport event consisting of both swimming and running. It’s a high-powered combination, perfect for those of you who want to aim a little higher, push a little further and try something new and downright exciting.
To give you a little background, it’s thought that the aquathon originated in 1950s Australia, when life guards raced each other along the sand and out into the sea, reaching a buoy and swimming back before running back to the starting line. Then the trend caught on in sunny California where some bright spark thought to add cycling in too. The triathlon has been a huge sporting event across the world ever since, though it’s not hard to see why its origins are traceable back to some of the sunniest places on earth. An aquathon in our typical Scottish climate is a bold move; swimming in icy water and running through clouds of midges - that’s why we know Team Vigour are up to the challenge.
The standardised distances used at the world championships are a 2.5km run followed by a 1km swim followed by a 2.5km run. Or, if the water is considered to be too chilly by official standards, you’re looking at a 1km swim followed by a 5km run. There’s nothing quite like diving in to freezing cold water before running just over three miles. However, the aquathon is a popular event with all abilities, and is easily adjusted to fit to the requirements of those who partake.
An aquathon is a brilliant start to taking on your first triathlon. Or improving if this isn’t your first rodeo. It’s the perfect way to hone your swimming and running, picking up transferable skills which you can carry over into biking. Technique is a huge factor in your success when tackling a triathlon, but with a few aquathons under your belt, you’ll find you’re quickly on your way to becoming a triple threat. The great thing about the aquathon however is that all you need is your typical swimming and running gear; you don’t have to worry about bike training, which can be a little expensive for beginners.
Vigour Events will be introducing 2 Aquathons for 2016 so watch this space for more details !!