APRIL 2ND, 2019

The beautiful island of Hvar in Croatia hosts the first race of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series with close to 140 teams from 20 nations on the start line. Sunday, April 7th is race day.

Some of the best teams in the world are on the start line to either qualify to the 2019 World Championship or chase the coveted GOLDEN BIB and take on the challenge of winning six ÖTILLÖ races in a row and the prize purse of 33 000€ per category.

These teams together with an additional hundred and some teams will be challenged by this stunning course where the pairs will run along beautiful trails and do epic ocean swims.


The island of Hvar, accessible off the Croatian coast from Split, is an incredible swimrun location and the perfect opening race for the swimrun season.

The sea is crystal clear, the water temperature on race day will be around 15°C and, on a sunny day, air temperatures can climb to 20°C.

The 40,4 km race course is challenging, with almost 31,6 km of trail running, including some good vertical climbs and descents, as well as magical run along the central ridge of the island. Racers need to be good swimmers to handle the 9 different swim sections totalling 8 800 metres, where the longest swim is a brutal 2 950 metres!

Add on some Roman ruins, beautiful architecture, blooming wild flowers, the smell of rosemary, and wonderful people, and this course makes for a great setting.

Mats Skott, Race Director of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and one of the Founders of the sport says: After a long winter in Sweden it is so nice to start the season in a warm, friendly place like Hvar where you realize why this sport is such a great thing. The camraderie, the sense of discovering new places and the challenge of Hvar makes this the perfect location.

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge in Hvar. Swimrun World Champions and winners of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series will be on the start line, as well as athletes from all over the world, some are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked on the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

Start list here


New formats

On Saturday, April 6th we will host several shorter races to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun. All under the best organisation in the business.

The EXPERIENCE distance is 6,3 km with 4 swim sections totalling 1000 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

The SPRINT eludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 11,8 km with 4 swim sections totalling 1600 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We have more than 120 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

See more info here


Fast facts ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Hvar 2019

  • Hvar, Croatia
  • Total race distance: 40,4 km
  • Trail running: 31,6 km
  • Swimming: 8,8 km
  • Swim sections: 9
  • Longest swim: 2 950 m
  • Longest run: 13 600 m
  • Teams of two; for safety reasons and for the unique experience
  • 138 registered teams
  • 20 Nationalities
  • Winners ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2018:
    Men/Overall: Pontus Lindberg & George Bjälkemo (SWE) Team Garmin, 5:15:41
    Mixed: 1. Elena Erbanova (CZE) & Martin Flinta (SWE), TeamThule Crew, 5:34:07
    Women:Fanny Danckwardt & Desirée Andersson (SWE), Team Envol, 5:53:52

About the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

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

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is heading for its 4th season with a minimum of six qualifier races for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019 (Confirmed races)

Six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:

  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April -19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 19 May -19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 19 June -19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 7 July -19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 22 Sept -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, 20 October – 19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)

At each World Series event an EXPERIENCE & SPRINT race is organised the day before.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

  • 14th edition on 2 September 2019
  • 75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world

https://otilloswimrun.com/races/otillo/


About Swimrun and ÖTILLÖ

Swimrun was founded in 2006. The original ÖTILLÖ race is the mother of all swimruns.

Today it is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world where you alternate trail running and open water swimming on a marked course. There is no time to lose – you run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes!

It is a unique sport and experience as you race with a partner and the race courses are out in wild nature.

The ÖTILLÖ 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 (CNN 2012).


Media contacts

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green