Everything you need to know before the race in Hvar
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Hvar
This race will be beautiful but tough. The hills, the long swims and the salt-water will challenge all the teams to put in stellar performances.
ÖTILLÖ Hvar follows the ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes and ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly with more swimming and more engaged swimming. You will not only have to be strong running in the hills, you will need to be strong in the water to excel in this race.
The weather in this period is perfect for swimrun with water temperatures between 15 – 17 degrees and about 20 degrees in the air. In the sun it will get hot and you will really have to think about your heat management on the long runs.
The water is salty so you will have very good buoyancy however it adds a bit of chafing. Like everything in swimrun; there is always a negative with the positive.
If you have energy left for the closing party you will experience the fantastic local food with locally grown produce. The local wines are superb. Did you know that the local Plavac grape is the mother of Syrah/ Zinfandel?
The course is magnificent and a real challenge. We start and finish in the Main Square of Hvar. We will also pass through the same place once in the race, the course looks like a figure of eight or the symbol of infinity.
A total of 40,4 km with 9 swims of which the longest is 2 950 metres. A total of almost 9 000 metres of swimming. The first part of the course will be a lot of swimming, the second part will be more running.
From the start you will run and swim to the Western-most point of the main island. Where the first Cut-off will be. From there every team will get a HEAD Safety Buoy from the organisation to be used for the long swim across to the Paklini Islands. We strongly recommend that you tether up (be attached by rope) for this long swim. Make sure that you know how to swim in open-water and potentially with side-wind, waves and currents. When on the Paklini islands you leave your HEAD safety buoy and continue running and swimming back towards Hvar town.
You go back through the Main Square, here will also be the second cut-off. Then a climb to the two fortresses Spanjola and Napoleon. From Napoleon it is a nice run in the mountains through olive groves, an abandoned village and finally down to the sea again, to the nice village Milna where the third Cut off will be. From Milna you run and swim back to the finish line, which is on the Main Square in Hvar.
This course has everything; fantastic water to swim in. Some rough, some protected. Single track trails and 4x4 tracks through olive groves, lavender and rosemary fields, tough hills up and down. Historical buildings and cultural heritage all around. All with incredible views at all times!
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
The qualifying system
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar will award 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ 2018, The Swimrun World Championship. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2018. If a team does not accept the spot it rolls down to the next team in line. The entry fee must be paid by May 1st to keep the spot.
The spots will be awarded as below:
- 3 men
- 3 mixed
- 2 women
If any spots are not awarded they belong to the race organisation.
World series 2018
Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint of 2018. No other ÖTILLÖ Sprints are included.
NOTE: To get points from the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint you will also have to finish the last ÖTILLÖ World Series race.
After the last ÖTILLÖ race of the year we will award the best team in each category with €2 500.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend Hvar – A tribute to the cultural heritage of the mediterranean