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OCTOBER 16TH, 2019



The second edition of ÖTILLÖ Cannes is turning out to be one of the most popular events of the year with more than 620 racers from close to 20 nations showing up for the races. This is the second-to-last ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend of the year and the most prestigeous race in France. It is the sixth World Series weekend of the year.

The city of Cannes in the South of France will act as stage for this showdown where the racers will be both experiencing wild nature and the beauty of this city. It is almost as a high- speed sightseeing trip. For some it is for the adventure, for some it is for the experience, for some it is to race hard and for some it is to qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020.

More information about ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes:


On Saturday, October 19th we will host 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 have close to 350 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, October 20th we have the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship and where teams can collect ranking points. The World Series is a total of 39,4 km with 10 swim sections totalling 8 500 metres. This race you can only do in a team of two and it is the most prestigeous event in France.

We have around 300 persons signed up for the World Series.


The 150 teams of two start their Sunday morning by running hard out of the old fort on the island of Ste Marguerite to the first swim where they swim to the monastery island of St Honorat which they circumnavigate before swimming back to Ste Marguerite and then back to the mainland and the city of Cannes. In Cannes the racers swim by the famous Croisette, they run the brutal hills of La Croix des Gardes and La Californie, they run through the old town of Le Suquet and they experience the “jungle” behind the hills. The combination of long beautiful swims and some fast city sightseeing will take its toll.

In total, they will cover almost 31 km on foot and 8,5 km swimming making a course distance just less than 40 km.

This years race will have the warmest water temperatures to date – around 21 degrees C.

The fastest teams are expected to complete the course in around around 4, 5 hours.

Will the former World Champions Fredrik Axegård & Alex Flores, Team ARK Swimrun (SWE) win or will the dynamic French Duo – Nicolas Remires and Julien Pousson of Team Enviol finally take it? As seen in previous races this year the top 5 teams are battling until the very last kilometres.

In the mixed category Matthieu Poullain and Eugenie Plane from France will most likely be the team to beat after their impressive win in the Isles of Scilly and the overall win of Matthieu just four weeks ago at 1000 Lakes. In the womens category we are honored to welcome the NEW WOMENS WORLD CHAMPIONS Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson of Team Envol (SWE), they will be chased hard by two swedish teams and maybe some new faces?

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be chasing each other around Cannes with a big French turn out which can hold some surprises.

It will be great to see athletes from all over the world on the start line, some are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked to the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

As in all races, it is only when the dust has settled that we know the outcome of the race.

Start list:


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)


Images and video from last years ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes:
(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ event as marked in the photo)

Pre- race videos ÖTILLÖ Cannes 2019:

After the event on October 20th, 2019 you will find images here:

(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

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


After the event on October 20th at 5 pm CET you will find 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,, +49 157 768 05 234

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås,, +33 6 79 04 23 46


  • Cannes, France
  • 2nd edition, October 19 & 20, 2019
  • Races: Sprint 16 km & Experience 7,5 km on Saturday, October 19th
  • World Series on Sunday, October 20th
  • Total race distance: 39,4 km
  • Trail running: 31,9 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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