OCTOBER 30TH, 2019

PRESS RELEASE

THE 2019 ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES FINALS WILL BE HELD ON MALTA

Throughout history this beautiful island has set the stage for many cultures. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series will end the season and host the 2019 finals on Malta on November 23rd and 24th, 2019.

For this last race weekend of the year we see many of the best teams in the world signed up together with Swimrun enthusiasts from near and far. We expect to have more than 500 persons from more than 20 nations participating in the weekend of races.

We are very excited to show all the teams the beauty and the rugged coast of Malta at the same time as we conclude our 14th year of Swimrun races.

Read more about the races here: https://www.otilloswimrun.com/races/malta

See the startlists here

Read the whole story about ÖTILLÖ and swimrun here: https://otilloswimrun.com/about-swimrun/

MALTA

Malta is its own island country in the Southern Mediterranean with beautiful water around its rugged coastline. It is the southernmost country in Europe. Malta has been a central part of Mediterranean history throughout the ages with fantastic cultural and historical remains.

Malta has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the centre of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base. Where the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British have influenced the country’s ancient culture.The capital, Valletta is beautiful with its ramparts and antique buildings.

It will also be the backdrop for the start of the Sunday World Series race. Golden Sands in Mellieha will be the arena for the Saturday Sprint and Experience races together with the finish line for the Sunday World Series.

This is a perfect Swimrun location with trails, bays and some small hills. The water is exceptionally clear. The Radisson Blu hotel in Golden Sands will host the race HQ and all official functions.

Malta is easy to get to with direct flights from all major European hubs. On Malta everything is within one hours drive. Read more about Malta here: www.visitmalta.com

Through our partnership with Mr Green we have discovered Malta and its fantastic nature. We cannot wait to show our community how beautiful it is to swimrun here! – Mats Skott, Race Director ÖTILLÖ and co-founder of Swimrun.

THE RACE WEEKEND

Racers in all three distances—Experience (5.4 km and 3 swims), Sprint (14.4 km and 5 swims) and World Series (39 km and 13 swims), will experience the beautiful, clear water and the rugged terrain of Malta. The Saturday Experience and Sprint will be held around the area of Golden Sands. The Sunday World Series Final will start in Valletta and finish in Golden Sands Bay. It will be a fantastic journey from the historical heritage to the beautiful nature along the coastline.

The average air temperature in the end of November is around 18°C, and the water is around 20°C.

Read more about the races: www.otilloswimrun.com/races/malta

Registration for the races is open until November 19th, 2019.

#CLEANTHEOCEAN

On Saturday, November 23rd we call everyone to action, either together with us at Golden Sands or where ever they are. Pick garbage for one hour and dispose of it in the right place. If not 80% of it will end up in the sea. Use #cleantheocean to document what and where you are picking.

We will start at 4 pm – we look forward to seeing as many as possible joining us. Not only at Golden Sands but also following the hashtag.

We can all do something!

ÖTILLÖ AND SWIMRUN

ÖTILLÖ is the origin and the founding race of the sport that later has become known as swimrun. The first race was held in 2006 in Sweden. Today, swimrun is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world where you in teams of two alternate trail running and open water swimming along 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.

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 (CNN 2012).

ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES 2019

ÖTILLÖ Malta will be the finals of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019 and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

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

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019

Seven qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 19 May -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 9 June -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 7 July -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 22  September -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, 20 October – 19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)

NEW: ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Malta, Malta, 24 November -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)

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

PRESS IMAGES AND PRESS CONTACTS

Press images for free:https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1dfn085hsnwcc28/AADMoCL9ES1l3zq0oWqk_XXJa?dl=0

Please credit: The name of the photographer in the image/ÖTILLÖ

FOR ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES:

Michael Lemmel +46 735 259702  michael@otilloswimrun.com

FOR ÖTILLÖ, THE SWIMRUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

Josefine Ås +33 679 042346 pr@otilloswimrun.com

 

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Vivobarefoot ARK Swimrun Mr Green 

DESTINATION PARTNER

Visit Malta 

SUPPLIERS

Gococo Precision Hydration Crownhealth Dryrobe

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green