EMBRUN – LAC DE SERRE-PONCON
JUNE 28, 2020
SPRINT | CLASSIC | HALF
SWIMRUN EMBRUN: Three racing formats in a postcard decor!
3000 hectares of water at a loss of sight. Some even say that it is a tip of the Mediterranean that seems to have been laid in the heart of the Southern Alps. Faced with this vast expanse of turquoise blue water, which makes it the second largest artificial lake in Europe, time seems to be suspended. It is a veritable piece of paradise that you will discover at the Lac de Serre-Ponçon; Located at an altitude of 780m, it reflects in its waters the countless peaks perched at more than 2000m.
Check out the race format description below (SPRINT / CLASSIC / HALF).
A look back at the first edition that took place on June 30, 2019:
It's 5:30 in the morning, the Embrunais wakes up peacefully, the silhouette of the surrounding mountains gradually appears purple on a sky that turns from pink to blue. The sun, meanwhile, will emerge a little later, behind one of the mountain ranges of the Parc des Écrins. Everything sets it quiet, quiet. And yet, Embrun's water body is well and truly awake, the music sounds, the speaker gives the final instructions and the starting line fills up little by little. Starting at 6:30 a.m., nearly 500 participants are preparing to set off for an extraordinary event, supported by hundreds of spectators. After a most successful edition in the Gorges du Verdon, the SWIMRUNMAN (Editor's note: alternating running like trail and open water swimming) arrives for the first time on the Serre-Ponçon Lake, from the Embrun water body. After a hot week nationwide, participants expect to get hot on running games. However, with early departures as early as 6:30 a.m., a few degrees less on the thermometer than the previous days and water from The Serre-Ponçon Lake at 16 degrees, the weather conditions are almost optimal, like a nod to fate.
A successful first edition
For this first edition, three different courses are proposed: the SPRINT format on 10KM, the CLASSIC format, on 22KM and finally, the longest distance, on 38KM, with the HALF format, thus allowing the satisfaction of the most seasoned, as well as amateurs. This Sunday, the Swimrunners (Editor's note: the name given to swimrun practitioners) had the chance to cross four emblematic municipalities of the Embrunais: Crots, Puy-Sanières, Savines-le-Lac and of course Embrun. On arrival, all participants agreed on one point: the crossings of the lake of Serre-Ponçon, a vast body of water whose turquoise blue color recalls the Mediterranean, will remain forever etched in their minds.
Rozenberg and Soulié, head and shoulders
On this magnificent and challenging race, it took almost 5hours and 30 minutes of effort for the first team to cross the finish line of the HALF course, the longest distance proposed this year. After 5h23min13sec, consisting of nine swimming sections, ten running sections, and 1300m of positive gradient, it is finally the duo Agnes ROZENBERG / Benjamin SOULIÉ which has made its mark, marking its mark on this first edition of the EMbrun SWIMRUNMAN. A remarkable performance that demonstrates the mix of the swimrun since it is indeed a mixed team that wins the nose and beard of the men's teams.
The HALF podium is completed by Sebastien DOUET And Camille PITEL (5h28min12sec) after a stifling mano a mano with Remy MURGUES And Thibault LEROUX-MALLOUF (5h28min44sec). On the other distances of the day, Robin MOUSSEL And Sebastien THE COCQ overflew the race from start to finish on the CLASSIC format (2h44min45sec) while Julien EMERY And Eric GUYADER win the sprint distance in 1:35min12sec. This sporting and friendly event remains a real challenge, open to all, where everyone must surpass themselves, draw from his limits and show extreme rigor. Throughout the race, teamwork, perseverance and solidarity were the watchwords of Swimrunners
The rendezvous is already given for 2020
In the end, the Swimrun is a true state of mind, involving surpassing oneself, helping each other and respecting the environment in which we live. The organization of such events allows to discover to the greatest number the practice of a new discipline that has been booming in recent years in France, combining swimming and running, in the heart of the most beautiful Natural Parks of France. If the date of the next edition has not yet been revealed, you can be sure of one thing: the SWIMRUNMAN will return to Embrun in June 2020. For the most impatient, the SWIMRUNMAN France team will meet you, starting on August 25th, at the Great Lakes of Laffrey (Isère), including the first VERTICAL course ever organized in the world, for an epic and unprecedented finale. Some participants will return, others will join the magnificent adventure that is the SWINRUNMAN France. How about you? Will you be FINISHER?
The three routes, drawn in the heart of the Hautes-Alpes, will traverse the overall distances of 10km (SPRINT), 22km (CLASSIC) or 38km (HALF) The communes of Embrun, Puy-Saasnières, Crots and Savines-le-Lac. The steep trails of the spray will allow you to gain height on the Lac de Serre-Ponçon and the Durance to appreciate the moment even better. On June 28, 2020 you will be several hundred swimrunners to take on the SWIMRUN EMBRUN challenge proposed by the organization. A unique race, in an exceptional setting, that will leave each of you with a lasting memory.