With ÖTILLÖ about to hold its first ever World Series swimrun outside of Europe at the end of the month, Natalie Foote gives us this inside scope about what to expect from the February 29-March 1 race weekend on Catalina Island.
For ARK, becoming the first sports company to be 100% dedicated to swimrun is only part of the big picture. Finding eco-friendly materials and transport methods is a responsibility they take seriously. Just look at their made-in-Sweden Pontoon pull-buoy.
Team TwinnyDip finished what they started at the ÖTILLÖ World Championship two years ago.
There was a 30.5% spike in women racing at ÖTILLÖ events from 2017 to 2018. And with world champs Annika Ericsson and Kristin Larsson not defending their title this year, expect some formidable performances in the Women’s division next week at ÖTILLÖ.
ÖTILLÖ 2019 will be the tightest racing to date with a hornets nest in the Men’s and Mixed divisions, and new World Champions guaranteed in the Women’s category.
Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, Cleveland has its Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and ÖTILLÖ has its Final 15 – an open-air museum where you can follow in the footsteps of swimrun legends who’ve battled their way along this last 15 kilometers of the ÖTILLÖ World Championship course for the past 14 years.
Phillip Benns admits it’s tough to capture the spirit of swimrun training in London. So he got a little creative with a London lido swimrun challenge and brought a couple of friends along for the ride.
Breaking news out of the ÖTILLÖ camp as co-founders Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott announce the first-ever ÖTILLÖ swimrun race outside of Europe.
Annika Ericsson is a five-time ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Champion, winning the title more than any other racer in any other category. She also has a slew of first place wins in both the Women’s and Mixed categories.
By all means, Fanny Josefine should be in a stable or the boxing ring but instead, this world cup gold kickboxing champion is saddling up with paddles and a pullbuoy as Team Lost.
Patric Tengblad was recently diagnosed with MS, a neurological disease that affects 2.3 million people worldwide. For the 2019 swimrun season he will pair up with newcomer to the sport Dr Fredrik Piehl as Team Combat MS.
12-time Ironman Champion Lucy Gossage is swapping her podium position for a year of different races in different places, and that includes her first swimrun at Isles of Scilly.
Laurent Valette and Laurence Marx are training to race back-to-back Sprint and full-distance for the entire 2019 ÖTILLÖ season. Here’s the lowdown.
Swimrun continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Not only has the sport crossed over to the endurance community but new brands, new athletes and new races (and on non-frozen continents!) are coming on board. Look for our new 5-7k Experience distance and the possibility to race Solo.
The 2017 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship was one for the history books. Against all odds, including disorientating waves and relentless winds that toyed with racers throughout the day, a new sub-8 hours course record was set. Off the course, the buzz was all about the new ARK wetsuit prototype worn by two of the first-place teams.
Maria Rohman is one of the faces behind WILD Swimrun Camps for women. Next year, the WILD Foundation initiative will help teach teens about teamwork and leadership while giving confidence through the sport of swimrun.
For Andreas Ribbefjord, what started out as a bunch of spreadsheets quickly transitioned into a small application called Swimrun Watch.
Helena Karaskova Erbenova and Martin Flinta took first place at 1000 Lakes last weekend. Wearing the Golden Bib for the Mixed Division, it was the pair’s sixth consecutive ÖTILLÖ swimrun win – a streak that took them across the entire 2018 season and led them to the €33,000 pot of gold.
Some people break records, others shatter them. That’s exactly what Fredrik Axegård and Alex Flores did when they finished the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in a time of 7:39:25, 19 minutes faster than last year. As Team SportOffice heads to 1000 Lakes in Germany this weekend, they talk to SLM about race day and tactics.
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.