Casco Bay Islands SwimRun

Enjoy the beauty of Casco Bay and a very special perspective of the race from the deck of the classic schooner Wendameen or the WWII naval launch, the Elizabeth Grace. Departing Portland early, and a quick stop at Peaks Island for any athletes' family and friends who are staying there, you'll cruise up to Chandler's Cove for the 7AM start, maybe while enjoying your first coffee (BYO) as the sun rises above the islands and follow along much of the course from the water taking in 7 of the 9 swim legs and a couple of shore scrambles.Passengers will disembark  at Peaks Island by 10:30 to see teams cross the finish line. Limited capacity is available so don't delay. Be sure to bring foul weather gear in the event of....foul weather.  Tickets are also separately available for the finish line lobster bake on Peaks Island. Half of the ticket cost will directly benefit the Travis Mills Foundation, our beneficiary partner!

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Sponsor and Spectatator Opportunities!!

Exceptional Sponsor and Spectator offers are described in the attached brochure. Be part of the finish line festivities and a Peaks Island Lobster Bake!!

On April 10, 2012, United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED (improvised explosive device) while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five quadruple amputees from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive his injuries. His foundation is creating a national retreat to help veteran families unite with the land, water, nature and each other to revitalize themselves and to keep moving forward. The retreat will be uniquely designed to provide state-of-the-art “smart home” technology in a relaxed lodge setting. It will fill a vital role in recovery, camaraderie, spousal support, re-connection, and reintegration. Veteran families from all over the United States will enjoy a week of swimming, boating, fishing, site-seeing, campfires, adaptive sports, and much more.We are honored to announce that the Travis Mills Foundation has become our Official Beneficiary Organization. Take a moment through the image link below to acquaint yourself with this selfless American hero who lives every day by the inspiration....“Never give up. Never quit.”

In conjunction with this announcement, five NEW Travis Mills Foundation Team slots have been established. The first five teams that will contribute $1,000 to the Travis Mills Foundation will be awarded a guaranteed team slot in the August 14 event to be held among the Casco Bay Islands in Portland Maine. 125 team slots were filled in less than three weeks from among more than 600 applications for the race consisting of nearly 12 miles of run/trekking and 4 miles of swimming. Complete event information can be found at Interested teams should consult the site for rules and qualifying standards that must apply with respect to open water swimming capabilities. The team race fee of $400. will apply in addition to the tax deductible contribution to the foundation.

Registration for the Travis Mills Foundation Team slots will open on April 20, at Noon EST.


Inspired by the preeminent, international Swimrun race series OTILLO ("island to island), originating in Sweden in 2006, two multisport veterans looking for the next adventure are excited to introduce the first "OTILLO- style" Swimrun event in the US. Consisting of multiple, alternating swim and overland running legs (island roads, trails, and shoreline scrambles) between 8 islands in Portland, Maine’s spectacular Casco Bay, SwimRun will test competitors with run legs across nearly 10 miles of varied island island terrain and a combined 4 miles of open water swimming.

Remaining true to the originators of the OTILLO, Casco Bay Islands Swimrun is a two-person team event. Not a relay, teamates must race the entire course together. Rules permit swim aids such as hand paddles, pull buoys, wetsuits and even swim fins to name a few. Certain safety gear is mandated by race rules, as is being tethered during the swim, and hydration and race fuel is typically carried too, but what one starts with, so too must they finish. Changing from trail shoes to swim fins, or tending to awkward gear can chew up valuable time. Having the right teammate and equipment can make all the difference.

Information on how teams will be selected for one of the 100 slots is detailed at Event Info.

Hopefuls are encouraged to visit the official OTILLO website and the Official Film: OTILLO 2015 The Swimrun World Championship to learn more about this challenging event and gain insight on optimal gear selection. Casco Bay SwimRun is produced by Valhalla Sports Group and USA-SwimRun. The event is not an OTILLO affiliated event and is not associated with the official OTILLO brand.

2016 Team Selections Finalized

Listing of the finalized team selections for the 2016 Casco Bay Islands SwimRun. They come from all over!!  Welcome to the party! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 7:00am to 5:00pm
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