To non-Swedes, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship seems like a way the natives spend a day outdoors frolicking with friends before the long dark winter sets in. But for those of us not born in the country that bares a yellow Nordic cross on a field of blue, ÖTILLÖ – 75 km that cross 26 islands, known as one of the toughest endurance races in the world – is daunting. Here’s what teams racing the WC for the first time have to say.
Volunteerism may be the fastest growing trend in global tourism, but you don’t have to travel half way across the world to give back: you can make an impact at a local level and swimrun is a cool place to start.
When ÖTILLÖ launched the Engadin Sprint three years ago, 19 teams signed up. Last week, the compact alpine swimrun attracted 100 teams representing 19 nationalities. Best friends, fathers and sons, husbands and wives – you name it – swimrunners are loving the shorter distance “unique race in a unique place” that ÖTILLÖ has become famous for.
It’s been the most spectacularly competitive ÖTILLÖ swimrun season to date with neck and neck finishes in the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions. The July 7-8 weekend in Engadin promises to be equally a nail-biter as Golden Bib teams look for their fourth consecutive wins. Here’s what to expect.
During training for the 2017 ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly, Sophia Chadwick found out she was expecting. She and partner Brian McArdle decided to do the Scilly Sprint instead, and crossed the Finish Line when she was five months pregnant. The couple return this weekend to race the full distance Scilly course.
The first-ever ÖTILLÖ Cannes weekend on October 20th and 21st 2018 will have a Sprint course on Saturday and the World Series race on Sunday, plus a few new elements, too. From water temps to getting to Cannes, here’s what you need to know.
The heartache of missing out on the ÖTILLÖ swimrun season opener in Hvar was akin to being in high school and hearing that your ex went to Prom without you. Except this ain’t high school, and when you give your heart to ÖTILLÖ, you get plenty of love back.
In life, we tend to dive in with everything we have, without stepping back often enough to gain perspective. But when we do, things become so clear: we need to act.
Team Briefing is a new Swimrun Life Mag column that shares backstories of how swimrun teams came together. We start with Colby Wilson, 28, and her 67-year-old dad.
Between rhubarb tarts and Spinach halloumi pies, foodies Valerie and Natalie Wong, 33, also share a passion for swimrun. And although they have unfinished business with ÖTILLÖ WC, team TwinnyDip admits their biggest competition lies in each other.
Marcus Wärme, marketing mastermind at Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri, taps into the truth about Sweden’s boozy reputation and how the award-winning microbrewery is promoting a healthier drinking culture through swimrun.
As every swimrunner would agree, never underestimate the importance of the sock. No one wants a blister or chafing when you still have 30km of swimming and running to go. That’s why Annie and Linnéa Wennergren at Gococo have designed a new swimrun sock to keep flotation devices in place while maintaining compression.
Garmin’s fēnix 5 is the only sports watch on the market which features a swimrun app that allows you to switch between swimming and running as many times as you wish. And now you can win a fēnix 5 with ÖTILLÖ.
Sitting on the plane coming back from Hvar, Croatia, all the emotions from the swimrun season opener splash up to the surface. What a spectacular weekend and what a start to the season. The chase for the Golden Bib is definitely on.
As ÖTILLÖ started from a bet between four friends to swimrun 75 km, it’s no shocker to hear about its recent partnership with an online gaming company. What is surprising is that the agreement between ÖTILLÖ and Mr Green is to focus on a #cleantheocean campaign.
Vivobarefoot partners with Michelin to create the ultimate swimrun shoe that will function and look like nothing ever seen on the market.
This first ÖTILLÖ Merit Race on the African continent is a beautiful, early-season event with a warm, friendly atmosphere and a strong commitment to the environment.
As Team Garmin, George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg just clinched first place at the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar. The dynamic duo are now looking to hold onto their ÖTILLÖ Üto title when they race again in May.
Lars Finanger received the first of a barrage of emails from Jeffrey Cole on September 2, 2014. Lars had just finished his first ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC race the day before, which Jeff had seen on Slowtwitch.com. Jeff was more than enthusiastic about bringing this sport to US soil.
In 1926, Gertrude Ederle, wanting to prove the “women can’t do it” naysayers wrong, was the first woman to cross the English Channel. At age 64, Diana Nyad was the first person to cross non-stop 180 km from Cuba to Florida. Diana and Gertie would have made a kick-ass swimrun team.
In 2006, Jonas Colting and Pasi Salonen were about to get into the water, and with them they had a boogie board onto which they had strapped two backpacks. They took off their shoes and they were wearing life jackets on top of their tri wetsuits. How things have changed …
Dream of qualifying for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship? Here’s a list of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and Merit Races this year that can turn your dream into a swimrun reality.
Chris Hauth has been competing since the age of 3. He is an American Olympian, Kona Ironman Top Tenner and endurance athlete for 25 years, but that is nothing compared to the spirit he discovered at the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC. That’s why he coming back for more.
Eva Fridman feels most alive when swimming in the cold open water. Here the swim coach encourages women to try swimrun and offers advice on taking those first daunting strokes.
Camille Marchand and Julien Antoine, aka UL’Team, were struck by cupid’s arrow at the 2016 ÖTILLÖ WC when they were racing with other partners. Today, they live together, train together and swimrun ÖTILLÖ together.
Sailfish Team Bröderna Bäver – aka the Ekman brothers Jonas and Lars – had a phenomenal 2017 season, blowing away the Engadin course, and coming 2nd at the ÖTILLÖ World Championship. This year, they’re looking for first place.
An elite swimmer, Joanna Hanner was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 22. Now she’s teaming up with her dad for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ WC to raise money and awareness about this life-threatening disease.
With the majority of athletes training for ÖTILLÖ World Series races living in colder countries in the Northern Hemisphere, Andy Blow thought it might come in handy to know the potential benefits of having warm drinks before and during training and races.
Cold water swimming is fast emerging on the medical radar as the “superfood” of physical activities – lowering blood pressure while boosting immunity, circulation and libido. VIVOBAREFOOT asks some cold water lovers of the Swimrun World Series why and how they do it when the temperature plummets.
At age 29, Diane Sadik is a powerhouse on and off the course, between a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering and numerous podium positions at ÖTILLÖ World Series races.