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The Ultimate adventure

Nich Wolak • Jul 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM

Dr. Seuss said that reading will lead you to more places. It certainly led Todd Anthes and Todd Losee to an epic adventure.

Grand Haven’s Anthes and Spring Lake’s Losee competed at Sweden’s Otillo on Labor Day weekend, finishing as the top Americans with a time of 11 hours, 43 minutes, 49 seconds. Otillo — which translates from Swedish as island to island — is the swimrun championship — a 46.2 mile partner race along the Stockholm archipelago.

“I read about the race in Outside magazine last year,” Anthes said. “One of my co-workers also read the article. He said, ‘You should do this race, it's right up your alley.’ I looked at it and thought, ‘Geeze, swimming in 50 degree water and running in my wetsuit doesn’t sound fun.’ But I warmed up to it quickly. ... The popularity of those swimsuit races in Europe is something I wanted to be a part of.”

The Otillo is considered one of the most grueling one-day races in the world. Teams of two race together from island to island. The swims, which cover a combined 6.2 miles (10K), are through frigid, choppy waters of the Baltic Sea.

The 40 miles of running take participants over rocky, jumbled terrain, with no trails or paths to aid the runners as they scramble up, over and around boulders and other obstacles.

“It was very taxing on your body,” Losee said.

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