Michael and Mats started the Swedish Cup in Ski-alpinism in the early 90’s before becoming professional Multisport athletes and pioneering the Scandinavian Adventure Racing scene.
Michael and Mats were the backbone of the first Scandinavian Adventure Racing team for over ten years. They have participated in more than 70 of the worlds’ hardest adventure races and were part of the top 10 in the world for many years.
In 2006 Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott took the crazy idea of running and swimming through the islands to heart and made it into the immense and intense race of today. They knew right away that it was going to work with their extensive experience of pushing it to the limit. They are the founders of Swimrun movement around the world. Understanding the soul of endurance sports and their extensive knowledge of event management has made the ÖTILLÖ experience of today.
The ÖTILLÖ team has a very strong archipelago connection through Anders Malm and Utö Värdshus which makes for a good mix. As they say themselves –“We are nothing without our staff, our volunteers and the racers that support us”.
ÖTILLÖ is now more than just one race, it has become the pinnacle race of Swimrun and the cherished World Championship in a series of Swimrun races throughout the year.
In 2015, our 10th anniversary year, our family has grown. We have created a joint company, Swimrun AG together with Tridem Sports AG to manage and finance the growth of Swimrun on a world-wide level.
ÖTILLÖ is about living outside of the box!
ÖTILLÖ is not just Michael and Mats, it is also dependent on a whole team of passionate people who with their energy and enthusiasm make it all happen. Meet the team that is involved day to day:
Josefine Ås is our PR and communication guru who is the driving force behind everything we see about the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and also an important part of the the massive increase in the Swimrun Movement. Josefine lives with her family in a small mountain village above La Grave, in the french Alps. Obviously, her passion is for the great outdoors and skiing is an important part of her life. firstname.lastname@example.org
Andreas Ronder is the man that has been able to create a digital world of the ideas Mats and Michael have since more than 20 years. Andreas is an IT strategist and the whole ÖTILLÖ digital plattform is his doing. Thanks to his ability to make something of our vision he has also become a driving force behind the growth of the Swimrun movement. Andreas lives in Vaxholm outside of Stockholm and has become an avid Swimrunner in the last two years.
Lollo is since last year responsible for all timing, results and entry lists, thank god! She is a perfectionist and knows everything about race timing as it has been part of her life for more than 10 years. Lollo now manages our timing partners and makes sure that everything is as it should be. We can now sleep without worries when we know she is behind the scene. Lollo is probably the first person all racers communicate with as she is handling all entries as well. Lollo lives in Northern Sweden, loves winter and loves skiing – can you tell? 🙂
Our awesome ÖTILLÖ Swimrun instructors Mikael Rosén, Rain man of Open-water swimming and Mats Andersson (Original 4). These two, wonderful, warm persons are driving the direction of our Training and coaching activities. Smiles, good tips and great knowledge is what you will be met by when you run into them.