JULY 7TH, 2019
RESULTS PRESS RELEASE
NEW WINNERS IN THE MOUNTAINS
The fourth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race of the season and the last qualifier before the World Championship in September became a fascinating race.
This sixth edition of ÖTILLÖ Engadin saw nerve-wracking racing at the front again but with some new winners showing that they also are ready for the World Championship in September.
The Engadin Valley in Switzerland is one of the most beautiful race locations with fantastic trails, hanging glaciers and pristine mountain lakes. The total course is just short of 46 km with a total elevation gain of almost 1600 metres, of which almost 40 km is on foot and 6 km is swimming.
THE WINNERS, Joakim Brunzell & Johan Carlsson, Team Simployer (SWE), managed to pull away from the leading pack and cross the finish line in Silvaplana as the first team after 5H 27m 29s, three minutes ahead of Lelle Moberg (SWE) & Daniel Hansson (SWE), Team Ark Swimrun. The very strong Diane Sadik (SUI) & Knut Baadshaug (NOR) Team ARK Swimrun finished as first mixed team, with the time of 5:38:37, fifth overall! The first women’s team Jenny Ramstedt & Desirée Andersson (SWE) Team Head Swimming completed an impressive race and finished after 6:17:16.
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Please credit the photographer: Pierre Mangez/ÖTILLÖ Engadin (indicated in the photo)
THE RACE IN DETAIL
“We had to push hard on the running sections in the beginning to try to make a gap, which we managed to hold throughout the day. You can never rest, either you’re going up tough uphills or you’re going fast downhill, legs almost exploding. We tried to control the race and we were fortunate to manage,” said the thrilled winners Joakim Brunzell & Johan Carlsson; Team Simployer (SWE) after finishing as overall winners.
The ÖTILLÖ Engadin course is at 1 800 -2 100 meters of altitude, which takes its toll.
The course provides an original setting for a swimrun race, as runners in wetsuits are not quite expected in the alpine terrain. But it is the ideal landscape for swimrun, with challenging, technical alpine trails to run on and emerald green alpine lakes to swim across. Besides the difficult elevation, the near 46 km course consists of almost 40 km trail running, sometimes very technical, and almost 6 km open-water swimming at eight different swim sections in the cold mountain lakes. The teams of two swam in a water temperature of around 13 degrees C, cooling them off after the tough runs. They had 16 changes between running and swimming throughout the course,
Despite a grueling race course the backdrop of ÖTILLÖ Engadin is nothing but spectacular. High mountains with snowy peaks reign over the valley with its scenic lakes, cows and horses grazing on the flowery meadows, close to the picturesque alpine villages surrounded by magical pine forests. It truly is a unique and original swimrun experience that many teams come back to year after year.
During the middle of the day a rain storm came through making it tough on some of the already cold teams. Besides that the conditions were near perfect.
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 all the way to the finish line. The level of competition has real exploded!
At all ÖTILLÖ swimrun World Series events teams race in pairs. Working wisely with your partner is decisive. Using each other’s strengths will push boundaries. The team experience is incomparable and can only be fully understood by those who have practiced it, and is part of why swimrun is growing so fast in popularity.
116 teams of two from 22 different nations travelled to the Engadin Valley to compete in the ÖTILLÖ Engadin, the last qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019, which takes place in the Swedish archipelago.
The day prior to the race two shorter more accessible race were organised, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint Engadin and the ÖTILLÖ Experience Engadin, offering the same flavours as the longer more challenging race but in a smaller format.These races had close to 250 racers registered from a total of 22 nations.
Eight top teams at ÖTILLÖ Engadin qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019, on 2nd of September 2019 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 3 men, top 3 mixed, top 2 women.
Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Engadin, 7 july, 2019
Complete result list here: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/engadin/results-2019/
Website here: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/engadin/
For TV news cuts ÖTILLÖ Engadin: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c9uxaitccab7l8e/AADuztWsgp2vm8NcWBSWTeqoa?dl=0
Photos free to use for media: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dj3fnlqxwj1elra/AAApxOw0iSlGcl7LV_-taLHAa?dl=0
A video highlight for web use will be uploaded on Monday, 15th of July:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2l66yukbxq1i5rj/AAD5wEnk_PPhW_wukf7HZ8vja?dl=0
On Saturday, July 6th 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 6,7 km with 3 swim sections totalling 1310 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 15,3 km with 4 swim sections totalling 2650 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.
We had close to 250 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.
ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin 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)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April -19
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.
ÖTILLÖ, THE SWIMRUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
14th edition on 2nd of September 2019
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)
PHOTOS AND VIDEO FREE TO USE FOR MEDIA
Pre- race videos ÖTILLÖ Engadin 2019
After the event on July 7th, 2019 you will find images here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dj3fnlqxwj1elra/AAApxOw0iSlGcl7LV_-taLHAa?dl=0
On July 15th you will find the Official Video here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2l66yukbxq1i5rj/AAD5wEnk_PPhW_wukf7HZ8vja?dl=0
ABOUT SWIMRUN AND ÖTILLÖ
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 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
ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
FAST FACTS ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES ENGADIN 2019