Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world

Apr 25, 2017

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ÖTILLÖ 2014 (Photo: Emma Tüll)

ÖTILLÖ: nothing says 'I love you' like a swimrun in the Baltics

I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to enter. Not only had I chosen one of the toughest one-day endurance races in the world, where competitors swim in their trainers and run in their wetsuit across 26 islands in Stockholm’s archipelago, but I’d also opted to do it with my future wife Zayne just a week before our wedding. If I’d ever had a moment of madness, this was probably it.

There’s a good chance you might not yet have heard of the ÖTILLÖ. It’s an event you only become aware of after Googling for races with a search string along the lines of, ‘Hard as nails race, ultra marathon, swimrun, long distance open water swimming, Sweden, team event, Baltic temperatures, ridiculous number of islands, tight cut-offs’.

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Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue # 2 (Apr/May 2017)

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Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

I find myself waking up extra early on Sunday mornings with the anticipation of a blissfully long swimrun training day ahead of me. Instead, I put on an ÖTILLÖ cap and stare fondly at my paddles with this year’s race distances scribbled across them. Race days are not all I’m yearning for. It’s the people, the ÖTILLÖ community that I miss.

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

The selection process for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has started and the registration for Director’s Choice and the Ranking application is now open. There are four more ÖTILLÖ qualification races, plus the 7/24 concept.

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

In 2016, we started a Ranking System that we could be as fair as possible when awarding spots to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. Before this method, we had to try to sift through hundreds of applications and go with our gut feeling. Now we can finally see its full effect.

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine and Maria started working out three years ago at ages 34 and 37. As team Swimrun4fun, they not only finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC but are No 2 in the 2017 World Series Women’s Team ranking. As they say, “Our ultimate goal is to try to inspire others – we think everyone should be a swimrunner.”

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