Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world
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The 46.6-mile Otillo race started as a drunken bet among four friends in 2002. The challenge? Race in pairs from Uto to Sandhamn, two islands in Sweden’s archipelago, which required swimming a total of 6.2 miles between 26 islands and running 40.4 miles across them. The last team to finish had to pick up the winners’ hotel, bar and dinner tabs on the final island.
Today, the Otillo features 240 competitors, with an additional 1,100 who want to race but can’t because of size limits. It is one of the world’s toughest endurance events and an example of the burgeoning popularity of off-road endurance competitions across the globe.