This is the Starting Lineup for the One Water Race 2023:
Team 1 – Sweden (Annika Ericsson, Henrik Hult, Pär Kristoffersson & Joakim Axelsson)
Team 2 – Australia (Rob Preston, Elizabeth Dornom, Glenn Wilkinson & Julian Dent)
Team 3 – USA (Jarrod Shoemaker, Alyssa Godesky, Steve Keller & Kristen Smith)
Team 4 – Sweden (Marika Wagner, Alexander Koller, Fredrik Nilzén & Support crew: TBD)
Team 5 – Canada/Australia/Sweden (Mitch Nissen, Hillary Bell, Marcus Hultgren & Mikael Morin)
Team 6 – Uruguay/Brazil (Ruben Manduré, Federica Frontini, Gonzalo Smaldone & Thiago Bonini)
Team 7 – Sweden/Australia (Daniel Hansson, Kristin Larsson, Adriel Young & Johan Hasselmark)
The OWR is created to be the world’s toughest race for the world’s best athletes, and for a maximum of 10 teams. This year, only 7 teams qualified.
After a tough application process having reviewed a large number of applications from around the world, these are the seven teams that qualified and met the high admission criteria.
To qualify for the One Water Race, teams must demonstrate that they have the experience required as well as impressive placings/records from established multi-day and endurance events, and that they can handle all the three disciplines of orienteering, running, and swimming – both in terms of distance and pace.
“We cannot be flexible about the level required and allow teams that do not meet the established criteria. Of these seven teams, my assessment is that at least five of them will be able to reach the finish line. This year we will be even stricter in terms of maintaining high speed throughout the race with ruthless time cut-offs. This will place higher demand on the competitors. All teams entered have the capacity and experience for the distance and disciplines – but being able to keep the pace nonstop and not make any navigational errors will be crucial. A constant development of distance and time is what is required in our endeavor to always deliver the ultimate proof of human capacity.”
Thomas Ogander, Founder & Race Director