ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and Merit Races 2018 Calendar

Mar 13, 2018

Jakob Edholm

Dream of qualifying for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship? Here’s a list of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and Merit Races this year that can turn your dream into a swimrun reality (distances and transitions subject to modification). Each of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series races also offers Sprint distances.

Don’t forget to register for your Swimrun ID. Any team that fulfils the 7/24 concept criteria by July 2018 will nab a spot for the ÖTILLÖ WC.

10
March, 2018
Australia

Rottnest SwimRun

One of the most unique and beautiful places in Australia, Rottnest Island is an “A Class Nature Reserve” situated 20 km off Perth.

Run: 28.3 km
Swim: 4.4 km
Transitions: 20
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8
April, 2018
Croatia

ÖTILLÖ World Series Hvar

A tribute to the Mediterranean’s cultural heritage – with the scent of rosemary, crystal-clear water and a historic setting – this race is gorgeous but tough. The hills, the long swims and the salty Adriatic Sea will require top teamwork.

Run: 31.6 km
Swim: 8.8 km
Transitions: 18
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22
April, 2018
Spain

Swimrun Costa Brava

Costa Brava, an ideal off-season location, is one of the most scenic sites in Catalonia.
The course along the coast in Girona, just North of Barcelona, is a mixture of rugged cliffs, small sandy beaches and friendly coastal towns.

Run: 33.59 km
Swim: 7.18 km
Transitions: 52
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6
May, 2018
Morocco

BinSwimrun

Check out the first ÖTILLÖ Merit Race on the African continent – a beautiful, early-season race with a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Run: 23 km
Swim: 7 km
Transitions: 22
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20
May, 2018
Sweden

ÖTILLÖ World Series Utö

The seed that started the ÖTILLÖ WC was planted here by Anders Malm (Owner of Utö Värdshus) and the Utö Brothers (Jesper and Mats Andersson). This race is in tribute to them and the varied terrain, cold water temps and a very strong group of teams will push people to their peak performance.

Run: 37.6 km
Swim: 5.2 km
Transitions: 38
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3
June, 2018
Sweden

Borås Swimrun

Borås Swimrun is neither the longest nor hardest but it might just be the hilliest on the Swedish swimrun calendar. With close to a 1,000m of climbing on steep trails, technical footpaths and winding gravel roads, it’s a challenge not to be taken lightly.

Run: 29.5 km
Swim: 5 km
Transitions: 26
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9
June, 2018
UK

ÖTILLÖ World Series Isles of Scilly

The ultimate swimrun destination, the Isles of Scilly looks like the Lost World of Atlantis with clear beautiful water, pristine beaches and ancient stonewalls. The swim sections will test your abilities and mental strength, as there is a large tidal difference with, at times, big ocean swells.

Run: 29.3 km
Swim: 7.9 km
Transitions: 14
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9
June, 2018
Sweden

Stockholm Swimrun

Have you ever finished a swimrun that’s only a 15-minute walk from the subway? Moving through parks, forests and castles along this course, you’ll barely notice that you’re near the heart of Sweden’s capital.

Run: 23 km
Swim: 4.1 km
Transitions: 22
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23
June, 2018
France

Swimrun Côte Vermeille Ultra

This exceptional race takes place in the stunning landscape of the Pyrénées-Orientales and the heart of the well-known Banyuls and Collioure vineyards. Limited to 100 teams.

Run: 54.7 km
Swim: 8.6 km
Transitions: 36
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8
July, 2018
Switzerland

ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin

The only alpine swimrun on the ÖTILLÖ calendar, this is a demanding yet picturesque race. Between the water temperature, a strong pack of racers, and the varied running sections – dirt roads, single tracks, rocks, and with some steep climbing sections – those who manage the entire course will have a magical experience.

Run: 39.8 km
Swim: 5.9 km
Transitions: 16
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29
July, 2018
Italy

Swimrun Bologna

This is the first Italian race and a major influencer of the Italian Swimrun movement. Eight swims in Lake Brasimone.

Run: 34 km
Swim: 6 km
Transitions: 16
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4
August, 2018
Norway

Rockman Swimrun

The first Norwegian swimrun, a major influencer of the swimrun movement, is legendary for its 4444 steps to the sky (750m in 1 km).

Run: 32 km
Swim: 6 km
Transitions: 20
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12
August, 2018
US

Casco Bay Swimrun

The 3rd edition of this race in Portland, Maine, continues to drive the development of the US swimrun scene. It consists of running on island roads, trails, and shoreline scrambles between 11 islands in the spectacular Casco Bay.

Run: 32.5 km
Swim: 6.8 km
Transitions: 22
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12
August, 2018
Sweden

Ångaloppet Swimrun

Ångaloppet is probably the biggest swimrun race in the world today in terms of numbers, with more than 800 teams over the weekend. The course is beautiful and fun with lots of short swims and short runs. You really need to work on your transitions.

Run: 22 km
Swim: 2 km
Transitions: 24
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12
August, 2018
UK

Breca Buttermere Swimrun

Lake District National Park is a land of extremes, from England’s highest mountain to its deepest lake. To complete this race across an ancient landscape of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, rugged trails and glittering lakes, you need a high level of fitness and should be confident in the fells. Difficulty: hard.

Run: 38 km
Swim: 6 km
Transitions: 22
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9
September, 2018
Canada

The Amphibious Challenge

This race takes place in the majestic heritage Ottawa River, which starts in Northern Ontario and winds its way south through the country’s capital, crossing into Montreal, in the province of Quebec, before finally reaching the St Lawrence River.

Run: 35 km
Swim: 4-5 km
Transitions: TBD
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3
September, 2018
Sweden

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship

Ranked as one of the toughest endurance races in the world by CNN, ÖTILLÖ is the origin of the swimrun movement, which makes this epic race the jewel in the swimrun crown.

Run: 65 km
Swim: 10 km
Transitions: 52
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15
September, 2018
Poland

Swimrun Poland

ÖTILLÖ’s first Merit Race in Poland is in the beautiful Bieszczady Mountains with one of the country’s most breathtaking lakes, Solina Lake.

Run: 40 km
Swim: 5.5 km
Transitions: 22
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22
September, 2018
Finland

Solvalla Swimrun

Swimrun came to Finland in 2014 with Solvalla, which takes place in the challenging but beautiful forest of Noux National Park, a very unusual landscape for the southern part of Finland.

Run: 33.8 km
Swim: 5.8 km
Transitions: 32 (TBD)
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30
September, 2018
Germany

ÖTILLÖ World Series 1000 Lakes

This race course is a mystical tunnel: you’ll pass though places that’ll transport you back to the Twenties, and swim through remarkable waterways. In the forests, most of the ground is hard-packed sand and clear trails which makes for fast running.

Run: 33.8 km
Swim: 7.5 km
Transitions: 20
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28
October, 2018
US

SwimRun NC

Swimrun NC is in and around Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina, in late October, when athletes with be greeted with stunning fall colours and a very challenging swimrun course.

Run: 22.5 km
Swim: 3 km
Transitions: 18
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