Confessions of a swimrunrunner: first time at ÖTILLÖ

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.

Video of the month: ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2017

The first ÖTILLÖ in Croatia took place April 1-2, with a sprint on Saturday and full-distance race the following day. It was an extraordinary weekend between a challenging swimrun, a beautiful location the people of the town of Hvar.

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine and Maria started working out three years ago at ages 34 and 37. As team Swimrun4fun, they not only finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC but are No 2 in the 2017 World Series Women’s Team ranking. As they say, “Our ultimate goal is to try to inspire others – we think everyone should be a swimrunner.”

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Legend: Annika Åstrom

Annika Åstrom, 53, has completed nine ÖTILLÖ World Championships. In her first year there were only 10 women at the start but soon “we will be the majority”.

ÖTILLÖ Legend #1: Rickard Andersson

It would take this ÖTILLÖ legend four tries over five years to cross the ÖTILLÖ finish line.

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Gococo socks it to you with new swimrun design

Gococo socks it to you with new swimrun design

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.

Attention swimrunners: win a Garmin fēnix 5

Attention swimrunners: win a Garmin fēnix 5

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.

Race Report Hvar: Let’s go 2018

Race Report Hvar: Let’s go 2018

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.

ÖTILLÖ bets on #cleantheocean with Mr Green

ÖTILLÖ bets on #cleantheocean with Mr Green

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.

Merit Race #14: BinSwimrun, Morocco

Merit Race #14: BinSwimrun, Morocco

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.

On the record: George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg

On the record: George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg

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.

Co-founder of SwimRun USA, Jeff Cole, dies at 64

Co-founder of SwimRun USA, Jeff Cole, dies at 64

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.

Swimrun Life #6 2018 – A word from the editor

Swimrun Life #6 2018 – A word from the editor

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.

Race Directors’ Moment: Things sure have changed

Race Directors’ Moment: Things sure have changed

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 …

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

Olympian and Ironman World Champ Chris Hauth returns to ÖTILLÖ

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.

Joanna Hanner swimruns for diabetes

Joanna Hanner swimruns for diabetes

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.

Could hot drinks boost your performance in cold weather?

Could hot drinks boost your performance in cold weather?

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.

Vivobarefoot takes the plunge, even in cold water

Vivobarefoot takes the plunge, even in cold water

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.

On the record: Diane Sadik

On the record: Diane Sadik

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.

Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

Swimrun Life #5 2017 – A word from the editor

I find myself waking up extra early on Sunday mornings with the anticipation of a blissfully long swimrun training day ahead of me. Instead, I put on an ÖTILLÖ cap and stare fondly at my paddles with this year’s race distances scribbled across them. Race days are not all I’m yearning for. It’s the people, the ÖTILLÖ community that I miss.

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

Race Directors’ Moment: The year is coming to a close

The selection process for the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has started and the registration for Director’s Choice and the Ranking application is now open. There are four more ÖTILLÖ qualification races, plus the 7/24 concept.

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

2017 Ranking Leaders: Consistency puts you on top!

In 2016, we started a Ranking System that we could be as fair as possible when awarding spots to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. Before this method, we had to try to sift through hundreds of applications and go with our gut feeling. Now we can finally see its full effect.

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine Fast and Maria Möller swimrun for fun

Josefine and Maria started working out three years ago at ages 34 and 37. As team Swimrun4fun, they not only finished the 2017 ÖTILLÖ WC but are No 2 in the 2017 World Series Women’s Team ranking. As they say, “Our ultimate goal is to try to inspire others – we think everyone should be a swimrunner.”

The True Heroes of ÖTILLÖ: Meet Olof Karlsson

The True Heroes of ÖTILLÖ: Meet Olof Karlsson

Olof drove 7 hours to come and talk to me. I suggested Skyping or a phone call but he insisted, he wanted to see me in person. At the age of 40, Olof weighed 160 kg. He’s now hoping to qualify for the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun WC via the 24/7 concept.

Eventcare takes care of its swimrun family

Eventcare takes care of its swimrun family

Want to know why the pressure bandage is mandatory equipment for an ÖTILLÖ swimrun race? Meet Eventcare, the team that manages and coordinates all of our medical situations on the course. While they are wonderful people we really don’t want to see or talk to them during a race because that means that someone is in need of their assistance.

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