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ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin - Press Release

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, the first race weekend since the COVID-19 storm hit the world!

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The Race Weekend

The 2020 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun season started with a fantastic race weekend on Catalina Island outside of Los Angeles on March 1st. Little did we know that the season would stop abrubtly two weeks later as the Covid-19 storm has swept through the world causing havoc everywhere.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin will be the first ÖTILLÖ swimrun weekend since then and will follow a strict Covid-19 Safety management plan. The races will be adapted to this new normal, the nature and racing will be the same.

The Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps will host its seventh ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend. The first one was in 2014 and had the purpose to launch the international swimrun movement.

A fantastic total of 24 nationalities and a little more than 400 racers are coming to the Engadin Valley to enjoy the weekends races.

Some are participating to enjoy the beautiful sport of swimrun and some are chasing the six (6) qualification spots to the “Holy Grail of swimrun”, ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2021.

As the race is in the Alps the weather could be anything from snow to a beautiful, sunny day. The water temperature is around 14 degrees C in the bigger lakes.

More information about ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin.

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The Location

The Engadin valley in Switzerland is a stunning location; 3 000 meter peaks, hanging glaciers, swiss cows, amazing trails and a high mountain valley studded with emerald green lakes.

This is a swimrun dream.

The Engadin Valley is well-known for the town of St Moritz.

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About Swimrun and ÖTILLÖ

Swimrun is the new, up and coming endurance sport growing all over the world where you alternate trail running and open water swimming along a marked course.

ÖTILLÖ started in 2006, it is the leading brand and the origin of the sport. ÖTILLÖ is Swimrun.

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.

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Race Formats

On Saturday, July 25th 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 7 km with 3 swim sections totalling 1400 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 15,2 km with 4 swim sections totalling 2200 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We have close to 220 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, July 26th, we have the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship 2021 and where teams can collect ranking points.

The World Series race you can only do in a team of two and it is one of the most prestigeous events.

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The Sunday World Series Race

We have a total of 22 nations participating in the Sunday World Series race.

Around 100 teams will take the start for the World Series race on July 26th.

These teams of two will start their Sunday morning with a brutal uphill run to the first and coldest lake swim in Lej Cavloc at 1910 metres above sea level.

In total, they will cover almost 40 km on foot and 6 km swimming with a total elevation gain of 1600 metres.

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge in the Engadin, trying to qualify for the 2021 World Championship. Some racers are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked to the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

Start list:

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ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship 2021 in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is in its fifth season, a very different season due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Usually the World Series has eight qualifier races for ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2020

  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina, USA, March 1st (NEW)
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, April 19th – Postponed to November 2020
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, May 24th – Postponed to September 2020
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, June 14th – Cancelled due to Covid-19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, July 26th
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, September 20th – Cancelled due to Covid-19
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, October 18th
  • ÖTILLÖ Malta, November 29th

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

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ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

15th edition on August 31st, 2020 – cancelled due to Covid-19.

The 2021 edition is scheduled for September 6th, 2021.

160 teams from all over the world.

75 km over and between 24 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago.

Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012)

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Photos and Video free to use for Media

Images and video from ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin 2019:
(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ as marked in the photo)

After the event on July 26th, 2020 after 5 pm you will find Official images here:
(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

On August 3rd you will find the Official Video here:

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News Cuts and Shot List for TV

After the event on July 26th at 5:30 pm you will find news cuts and a shot list here:

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Media Contacts

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
Lauritz Putze,, +41 78 669 7910

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås,, +33 6 79 04 23 46

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