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OCTOBER 20TH, 2019



The sixth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race of the season was a very windy affair. The wind and waves forced the organisation to change the course into to a fast and challenging course with some big swims that took its toll!

This second edition of ÖTILLÖ Cannes saw the former World Champions – Fredrik Axegård & Alexander Flores, Team ARK Swimrun (SWE) race very smart and to finally push away from the young and hungry second team – Remi Mariette & Florent Lefebvre – Team Head Gravelines Tri (FRA) During the last third of the race. The time difference was 15 minutes.

The womens category had a new scenario with Team ARK Swimrun – Helena Sivertsson & Ulrika Eriksson (SWE) leading the way from the beginning to the end in front of the current World Champions – Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson, Team Envol (SWE). An impressive win! The time difference was just over 3 minutes after 4 1/2 hours of racing and 9th overall!

In mixed the young french team – Matthieu Poullain & Eugenie Plane, Team ARK Swimrun (FRA) showed why they have a bright future ahead. They took the lead early on and kept it all the way taking a comfortable win with over 7 minutes. They finished 8th overall!

ÖTILLÖ Cannes 2019 has been the race weekend with the most amount of participants of the year (638 in total) and with racers from a total of 31 nations.

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“After about mid-race we decided to push and make a break which we managed to hold until the end, Today the swims were fun and very challenging. It must have been tough for those not used to conditions like these!” said the thrilled winners Alexander Flores & Fredrik Axegård, Team ARK Swimrun (SWE) after finishing as overall winners in 3:55:37.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes World Series course was modified to almost 36 km long of which 29,4 km were running and 6,3 km were swimming. The course was modified due to unfavorable weather conditions during the week before the race and lot’s of wind during the race. The course started in the medieval fort on the Sainte Marguerite Island and then takes the racers to the monastery island of Saint Honorat before returning to Sainte Marguerite, this section was done twice before swimming a big swim with big waves and currents to the mainland. There the course took the racers up the brutal train track to the top of La Californie before finishing down in town again.This race became a big nature experience with little parts in town.

Water temperatures have been between around 20 degress and the weather gods have shared lots of wind today.

Several teams had to struggle to make it in time for the two cut offs. Some had to abandon along the way. The top teams pushed each other hard, chasing each other in a tight group in the first two hours before the pace took its toll. The level of competition this year has really become the next level!

At all ÖTILLÖ swimrun World Series events teams race in pairs. Using each other’s strengths will push boundaries. The team experience is incomparable and is part of why swimrun is growing so fast in popularity.

151 teams of two from 24 different nations travelled to Cannes to compete in ÖTILLÖ World Series Cannes, the second qualifier for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 in the Swedish archipelago.

The day prior to the race two shorter, more accessible races were organised, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and ÖTILLÖ Experience, offering the same flavours as the longer, more challenging race but in a smaller format.

Six top teams at ÖTILLÖ Cannes qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 on August 31st, 2020 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 2 men, top 2 mixed, top 2 women.

Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, October 20th, 2019

1. Fredrik Axegård & Alexander Flores (SWE) Team ARK Swimrun – winner photo:
2. Remi Mariette & Florent Lefebvre (FRA) Team Head Gravelines Tri

3. Nicolas Remires & Julien Pousson (FRA) Team Envol
1. Matthieu Poullain & Eugenie Plane, Team ARK Swimrun (FRA),   – Winner photo :
2. Henrik Wahlberg & Lorraine Axegård, Team Anaheim Consulting (SWE)
3. Alexis Charlier (FRA) & Sabina Rapelli (ITA), Team Envol/ Ticino

1.Ulrika Eriksson & Helena Sivertsson, Team ARK Swimrun (SWE)  – Winner Photo:
2. Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson (SWE) Team Envol
3. Camille Marchand & Corinne de Parseval (FRA), Team CC

Complete results list here:

Website here:

A video highlight for web use will be uploaded on Monday, 28 October here:


On Saturday, October 19th we hosted several shorter races to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun. All under the best organisation in the business.

The EXPERIENCE distance is 7,3 km with 4 swim sections totalling 1900 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

The SPRINT eludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 16,1km with 6 swim sections totalling 3600 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We had close to 350 persons from 21 nations signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, October 20th we hosted the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship and where teams can collect ranking points. The World Series race you can only do in a team of two and it is the most prestigeous event in France.

We had 300 persons signed up for the World Series.


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is in its fourth season with a minimum of seven qualifier races for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019 (Confirmed races)
Seven qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 19 May -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 19 June -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 7 July -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 22  Sept -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, 20 October – 19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Malta, 24 November -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020) NEW RACE!

At each World Series event an EXPERIENCE & SPRINT race is organised the day before.


15th edition on August 31st, 2020

160 teams from all over the world.

75 km over and between 24 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago.
Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012)


Official images here:

(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

On October 28th you will find the Official Video here:


News cuts and a shot list here:


Swimrun is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world where you alternate trail running and open water swimming on a marked course.

ÖTILLÖ started in 2006, it is the leading brand and the origin of the sport.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship (ÖTILLÖ meaning island to island in Swedish) is the original swimrun race, renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world.


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
Lauritz Putze, [email protected], +49 157 768 05 234

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås, [email protected], +33 6 79 04 23 46


  • Cannes, France
  • 2nd edition, October 19 & 20, 2019
  • a total of 638 participants from 31 nations over the weekend
  • Races: Sprint 16 km & Experience 7,5 km on Saturday, October 19th (team of two or solo)
  • World Series on Sunday, October 20th
  • Total race distance: 39,4 km
  • Trail running: 30,9 km
  • Swimming: 8,5 km
  • Swim sections: 10
  • Longest swim: 1 600 m
  • Longest run: 9 300 m
  • Teams of two; for safety reasons and for the unique experience
  • 6 teams qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020


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