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June 30th, 2024

ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN Engadin 2024

SWIMRUN FEST IN ENGADIN

SWIMRUN FEST IN ENGADIN

ÖTILLÖ WORLD SERIES ENGADIN – JUNE 29TH

The French National Swimrun Champions Jerome Gueguen and Arnaud de Lustrac showed an amazing performance and won the ÖTILLÖ World Series race, less than three minutes ahead of David Pesquet and Thomas Deffains, also from France, and Viktor Törneke and Johan Skårbratt from Sweden.

Warm and sunny weather, with air temperatures around 24 degrees, made for an ideal race day in the beautiful Engadin valley. 450 athletes from 28 nations participated in the three race distances World Series, Sprint and Experience. The very demanding World Series course started in the host town Silvaplana and took the racers on a journey through the Upper Engadin valley, covering a total race distance of 43 km. The racers had to master 38 km of partly very technical trail running and 5 km of swimming across 9 swim sections in Lake Silvaplana, Lake Champfèr and Lake Sils.

The day was a perfect display of what swimrun is about: wonderful people, racing together through beautiful nature, helping each other through the ups and downs of a challenging race, like Jerome and Arnaud described it after the race:

Statement Jerome Gueguen:
It can only be a good day because in the end we won but it was rough, the whole thing is so hard but beautiful and Arnaud helped me so much. I wasn’t having the best day but he was so strong today which helped me so much, I can only thank him.”

Statement Arnaud de Lustrac continued:
“It was not just about helping my partner, Jerome is my best friend, we’ve known each other since we were young so it is an epic day out with your bro and that is all we can ask for, incredible memories being out there with your friend. If you see he is struggling a bit you want to give even more because you want to help your friend. We are going to talk about this race for years and years to come because it was an epic day.”

In the mixed category the German/Swiss duo of Ben Thiesmeyer and Delia Guggenheim repeated their win from last year, showing an impressive performance right from the start and leading the mixed category from start to finish. Second were Donato Campanini and Katharina Heining from Sweden, who decided to team up at the last minute as Katharina’s usual race partner Jacob Langeloh got injured. The French and Spanish duo of Clément Bach and Mar Soriano Martinez (ESP) completed the podium.

Statement Ben Thiesmeyer:
“It was awesome, this race is so beautiful, it was awesome to race with Delia again, it was awesome to win it again, we didn’t expect that but it was a great time, even more beautiful than last year….as a team over the course of a race like this you are supporting and challenging each other to get to the finish line.”

Only two teams participated in the women’s category, Hannah Donnelly and Kirsty Hett from Great Britain managed to complete the long course and win the womens’ category in 7 hours and 32 minutes over Diana Orrling and Leonie Selting from Sweden (8:20:26).

Claire Jacquin from France and Daniel Rowland from Switzerland won female and male categories in the solo race. For Daniel Rowland it was his second win in Engadin after last year.

The next race of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2024 will be held in Whistler, Canada on July 7th.
RACE RESULTS

MEN

1. Jerome Gueguen (FRA) & Arnaud de Lustrac (FRA)  / Team KEBAB LEAGUE – 4:42:38
2. Thomas Deffains (FRA) & David Pesquet (FRA) / Team Punchers Nu Swimrun Dada & Toto – 4:45:03
3. Viktor Törneke (SWE) & Johan Skårbratt (SWE) / Team The Prosecutor and the Garbage Man – 5:03:47

MIXED
1. Ben Thiesmeyer (GER) & Delia Guggenheim (SUI)  / Team eXdurance – 5:13:43
2. Donato Campanini (SWE) & Katharina Heining (SWE) / Team Donato & Katharina – 5:25:35
3. Clément Bach (FRA) & Mar Soriano Martinez (ESP) / Team Les pastèques – 5:51:03

WOMEN
1. Hannah Donelly (GBR) & Kirsty Hett (GBR) / Team AAA – 7:32:46
2. Diana Orrling (SWE) & Leonie Selting (SWE) / Team Canada Top – 8:20:26

SOLO MEN
1. Daniel Rowland (SUI) – 5:02:19
2. Fedor Gorokhovik (FRA) – 5:25:10
3. Thierry Ellena (FRA) – 5:27:09

SOLO WOMEN

1. Claire Jacquin (FRA) – 5:43:22
2. Jessica Harrison (FRA) – 6:22:47
3. Saskia Ricks (GBR) – 6:43:05

Find the official race results here.
PHOTOS FOR FREE MEDIA USE
Official images here. (please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)
ABOUT ÖTILLÖ AND SWIMRUN

Swimrun is an endurance sports where you alternate trail-running and open-water swimming on a marked course.

ÖTILLÖ
 is the leading brand and the origin of the sport.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 
(ÖTILLÖ meaning island to island in Swedish) is the original swimrun race, renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world.
ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES

ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is in its eighth season with a minimum of four qualifier races for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

In 2024, there are four qualifying races to the World Championship:
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Utö, Sweden, 08 June
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Engadin, Switzerland, 29 June
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Whistler, Canada, 07 July
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Gothenburg, Sweden, 03 August
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Casco Bay, USA, 11 August
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Mackinac, USA, 25 August
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Orcas Island, USA, 15 September (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ WC 2025)
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Cannes, France, 14 October (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ WC 2025)
- ÖTILLÖ® World Series Austin, USA, 03 Novmeber (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ WC 2025)
At each World Series event an EXPERIENCE & SPRINT race is also organized.
ÖTILLÖ, THE SWIMRUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
18th edition on September 2nd, 2024160 teams from all over the world70 km over and between 24 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world