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Online Race Briefing

 May, 2023

A new year and a new race briefing

This is our 18th season of swimrun and let’s make it another fantastic one together. We realized during the pandemic that this format of doing an online briefing was a great idea. You can take the time and read it whenever convenient for you.


5 days before each race you will receive a FINAL RACER INFO NEWSLETTER via email. Make sure you read it. At the race bib distribution one of the Race Directors will be present for you to answer specific questions. 15- minutes before each start we will have a quick briefing by the start line to inform you about race specifics.

At the race bib distribution

Please pick up your bib during the distribution times found on the website. Make sure you know your start number, bring your ID, and have both ready for a smooth process. Read the specifics on the website for what is required for your race. Both teammates need to be there if you are racing in a team.

On-site registration

It will be possible to sign up to all race distances on race days however the entry fees on-site will be higher than the late entry-fee (price details are on the website). Bring your Credit Card to pay for the transaction. The on-site race sign up will be open from the same time as the race bib distribution for each race distance.

Updated Race bibs and swim cap colors

We have adjusted the season bibs for the upcoming season with the aim that the racers can better find their direct opponents. The colors for the different distances remain the same. The World Series participants wear a red bib & swim cap and follow the red signs on course, the Sprint participants wear an orange bib & swim cap and follow the orange signs on course, and the Experience participants wear a purple bib & swim cap and follow the purple signs on course. The difference is that a colorful chest stripe now indicates the category.

Color code of the chest stripe:
  • Black = Men Team
  • Green = Mixed Team
  • White = Women Team
  • Blue = Men Solo
  • Yellow = Women Solo

For environmental reasons, the race bibs are washed and reused. Please do not cut or tear them apart.

Bag drops

If there is a bag drop we will let you know in the FINAL RACER INFO. Please bring just a small bag, not your luggage. We have limited space. Please try to not leave any valuables, the bag drop is not guarded.

The start

The start is on time. Follow the instructions for each destination

The energy stations

Check the website where the energy stations are and what is to be found at each one. We are working with Maurten this year as our sports drink supplier. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE A FOLDABLE CUP OR SOFT FLASK. At the energy station we have recycling bins for paper, plastic and other stuff. ONLY throw trash/ garbage in the garbage can. Not anywhere else. You will be disqualified.

The finish line

Please keep moving through the finish line. You will need to leave your race bib and your timing chip. This applies for all races.

Prize givings

The prize giving ceremonies are in the schedule for each race. Make sure you are there if you will be awarded.


How to race

As a racer you are responsible to come prepared to your race. That means that you have to know and understand the rules, you need to read the schedule for the race day, you have to know the course and read all necessary information on the website that concerns your participation. All ÖTILLÖ races take place in nature. This means that you need to check the weather and water temperatures and understand the terrain and water sections. All this information will guide you how to prepare both physically and mentally. It will also guide you in choosing the correct equipment. We also recommend you to be familiar with your equipment before racing. These steps are all important to be able to perform at your best. There is also another element that needs to be considered and that is the respect of the other racers, the organization and nature. Race at your best and do it in a respectful manner.

The course

The entire course is marked and you must follow the course. On land we have ribbons, flags and signs to guide you. When there are intersections where the courses split, we have created signs that are of similar color as your race bib.

The swim sections are marked as follows.

  • Entry swims: a sign saying “swim section”
  • Exit swims: an orange beach flag
  • On long swim sections or on a swim where you cannot see the exit we have buoys. An orange buoy is a directional guide and you can swim on either side of it. If we have a green and a red buoy you need to swim between them. (red & green -> in between!)

Mandatory gear

1. Mandatory gear that you need to bring yourself
  • 1 wet suit per person
  • 1 whistle per person
  • 1 first aid pressure bandage (if racing in a team 1 per team)
  • 1 foldable cup or soft flask per person

Please note that you can buy whistles, first aid pressure bandages, foldable cups, and soft flasks at the Merch stand onsite

2. Mandatory gear that you receive

At registration on-site you will receive the following:

  • A timing chip one for each racer. That needs to be attached to your right ankle. You attached it with the Velcro band and you can have it underneath your sock. You need to return your chip. A lost or a non returned chip will be charged 100€.
  • The race bib needs to be worn on the outside at all times.
  • The Swim cap needs to be worn on all swims.
  • A GPS tracker must be carried by the racers of the World Series Category (Solo: 1 per person/ Team: 1 per team)

Basic rules

  • If racing in a team, stay together at all times and not be more than 10 meters apart.
  • It is not allowed to have external support.
  • It is not allowed to throw garbage on the ground along the course. This also applies to the energy stations. If you do it on purpose we will disqualify you.
  • Read the full rules on the webpage.


  • On the courses we have cut-offs that are clearly marked on the maps. The reason we have cut-offs is that we want to organize a safe race for all racers.
  • The cut-off times are firm and we will apply them.

Abandon the race

  • IF you choose to abandon the race, please inform a person with a staff vest as soon as possible
  • Either go to the finish line on your own or we will organize a transport back to the finish line.
  • Drop off your timing chip, GPS tracker and bib.

Safety and organisation

  • Along the course we have staff that are wearing yellow vests.
  • We have safety boats / kayaks for the swims.
  • We have a medic team in pink vests along the course if you need help.
  • If there is another racer that is in an emergency, help them until someone from the organization comes.


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