In few words, who is Fanny, how did you become sporty and how did you become Swimrunner?
"I’m a Swedish Swimrunner and Swimmer (living in Barcelona) that loves to be outside and experience new adventures in different parts of the world. I started with Swimming when I was about 10 years old, because my dad was a Swimmer and thought I should try it. I grew up being a competitive swimmer (pool swimming, my strokes were breaststroke and Individual Medley). I swam in Sweden (where Im from) and then also in the United States during my University years at University of Louisville. It wasn’t until I was 25 that I discovered Swimrun."
I at the beginning, I saw crazy people running with their wetsuits and swimming with shoes without understanding why. Then one day I tried and I never stopped, how did you start Swimrun?
"It was similar for me! After my college swimming career in the United States (I went to University of Louisville and swam for that Division I Swim Team), I wanted to try something new. So I joined a Triathlon Team to try it out, and there I met another former Swimmer, Pär Kristoffersson, that told me about Swimrun. One day, he asked me if I wanted to do a race with him, it was the ÖtillÖ Utö full distance. I had only run 10km in a row before, and this race was a total of 35km running. I hesitated a bit, but then the little adventure devil inside of me could not refuse the challenge, so I said yes. It was such a cool experience and we actually managed to win the race . Since then I was hooked on this sport!"
How important is sport for you today?
"I think it helps in all areas of life, covering a range of needs: relax, reset the mind, physical fitness, social to do training with friends, self-accomplishment, and for Swimrun, also to connect with nature, so very important for me!"
"I do Swimrun because of the adventure, the nature and the community. I think it is such a unique sport that helps me discover new places and really be one with nature. That you also get to share all your experiences with your team mate makes it extra special."
What about Swimrun Cheers? Will you come to Swimrun Cheers race next year?
"I would love to, your events seem great, I love the feeling you create around them that focuses on the experience. It would be fun to actually be at one of them!"
I always say that Swimrun is pure freedom. While with the other sports you have to stop at some point, with Swimrun you can go beyond limits, a lake, a river, the sea do not separate but bring us all together, you break down geographical and mental boundaries, don't you think?
"I completely agree, I could not say it better myself"
Fanny is hearth, passion and…
I live by emotions and doing Swimrun is a unique emotion for me, every race and every test is a wonderful experience, I bet it's like that for you too?
"Yes, each race is different, and even if it is the same race you do another year, it is still different each time you do it. You always have to adapt to the weather, the nature and the unique conditions on that day, I love that surprise element about it."
Who is the Swimrunner?
"The Swimrunner is a curious person, sometimes very athletic but doesn’t have to be. Someone that likes traveling and is eager to discover. It is also someone that is humble, and like to share success with a friend. The Swimrunner puts safety and care for others before winning, and care equally care about the nature as well as the amazing community that surrounds the sport."
The Swimrun in Italy is growing slowly but surely. What do you see in your country?
"It is about the same in Spain where I live. The sport is getting bigger, but it is nowhere close to where my home country Sweden is today. In Sweden, Swimrun is now a generally known sport, and it is not so surprising seeing people running around in their wetsuits and shoes anymore!"
Do you ever stop to think about what you do and how you do it? For those who know you, you are a special person ...
"Yes I do often reflect philosophically about life and ask myself why I train so much and do Swimrun. But I also make sure that I always do it because I want it, and not because I have to or something. I try to keep my training and competing on a reasonable level in my life, because I also want to do other things in life such as spending time with family and friends outside sport, working, learning new things and more!"
What would you say to an athlete who has no clue what swimrun is, to persuade her or him to try?
"I would say that it doesn’t have to be long, or hard, and that you can attach to a friend (or me!) with a rope, so nothing bad can happen. And you will not regret trying!"
Photo Credirs: Vivomarefoot and Ton Joy