Making Waves: ÖTILLÖ races in headlines around the world

Jan 31, 2017

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Taking triathlons into the wild

The 46.6-mile Otillo race started as a drunken bet among four friends in 2002. The challenge? Race in pairs from Uto to Sandhamn, two islands in Sweden’s archipelago, which required swimming a total of 6.2 miles between 26 islands and running 40.4 miles across them. The last team to finish had to pick up the winners’ hotel, bar and dinner tabs on the final island.

Today, the Otillo features 240 competitors, with an additional 1,100 who want to race but can’t because of size limits. It is one of the world’s toughest endurance events and an example of the burgeoning popularity of off-road endurance competitions across the globe.

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Article first published in Swimrun Life Magazine Issue # 1 (Feb/Mar 2017)

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ÖTILLÖ bets on #cleantheocean with Mr Green

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On the record: George Bjälkemo and Pontus Lindberg

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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.

International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Mr Green