For more than one year now we have been forced to live with the pandemic in our lives. How this will effect Vansbrosimningen and Challenge Vansbro Triathlon this summer we still don´t know. However, we want to give you an update of where we stand and what we plan to do in the coming weeks.
The spread of the Corona virus is still very high in Sweden. Experience from last year showed a decrease in the spread of virus during the spring and summer period. In addition to this, we now have several different vaccines available, vaccines that are increasingly being rolled out to the population. This is clearly visible a in a decreased death rate. Recently, there has also been experiences from other countries which have come further in their vaccinations, showing both fewer deaths and reduced spread of infection in the population. The Public Health Agency of Sweden is clear with its message that outdoor activities such as Vansbrosimningen & Challenge Triathlon should be allowed to gradually reopen. Steps to do this will be taken as soon as the pressure on healthcare as well as the spread of virus decreases. Experience from Vasaloppet earlier this winter showed that skiers could show responsibility and keep their distance. We think you swimmers and triathletes are just as good.
That’s why it feels meaningful for us to keep on planning for an event this summer – despite the uncertainty we still live with and work in. We are working in close dialogue with the regional healthcare authorities to be ready.
Updated refund options
We understand that many people are hesitating to sign up for this summer’s races. At the same time, we have to make sure that we can offer space for all who wish to. We will not be able to welcome many thousands of swimmers and triathletes in the same way as we have done in previous years. The ability to keep social distance is our guiding principle in all planning work. To make you feel safe with your registration, we have updated our registration terms for this summer.
Should it be the case that Vansbrosimningen will be cancelled we are offering the following refund options:
Option 1: Move your registration to 2022.This applies to all Vansbrosimningen-races. This happens automatically without you having to do anything unless you choose option 2.
Option 2: 50% refund of the registration fee plus a free Vansbrosimningen Home Edition 2021. For this option, you must make an active choice on My Pages.
Should it be the case that Challenge Vansbro will be cancelled we are offering the following refund options:
Option 1: Move your registration to 2022. This applies to all races included in Challenge Vansbro. This happens automatically without you having to do anything unless you choose option 2.
Option 2: 50% refund of the registration fee. For this option, you need to make an active choice on My Pages.
We are pleased to hear news about more and more swimming pools reopening their doors to the public. Having a goal in life, something to look forward to, is perhaps more important now than ever before. A fixed point on the horizon to take aim at gives a sense of meaningfulness. We at Vansbrosimningen want to contribute to creating challenges that stimulate to physical activity. That is why we keep on planning for a race and hoping for better times.
Until then, remember that your smile will make other people smile!
Tomas Viker, Secretary-General Vansbrosimningen