Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world

Apr 25, 2017

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ÖTILLÖ 2014 (Photo: Emma Tüll)

ÖTILLÖ: nothing says 'I love you' like a swimrun in the Baltics

I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to enter. Not only had I chosen one of the toughest one-day endurance races in the world, where competitors swim in their trainers and run in their wetsuit across 26 islands in Stockholm’s archipelago, but I’d also opted to do it with my future wife Zayne just a week before our wedding. If I’d ever had a moment of madness, this was probably it.

There’s a good chance you might not yet have heard of the ÖTILLÖ. It’s an event you only become aware of after Googling for races with a search string along the lines of, ‘Hard as nails race, ultra marathon, swimrun, long distance open water swimming, Sweden, team event, Baltic temperatures, ridiculous number of islands, tight cut-offs’.

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Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue # 2 (Apr/May 2017)

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