STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, MARCH 3, 2015
ÖTILLÖ, the original and toughest race of the fast growing endurance sport “swimrun”, celebrates its 10th anniversary September 7, 2015. The 75 km gruelling race of trail running and open water swimming over and between 26 islands, in the stunning Stockholm archipelago, started off as a crazy bet between four friends and has in ten years grown to unexpected heights. ÖTILLÖ is now titled the Swimrun World Championship. It is one of the most prestigious one-day races on earth, ranked by CNN as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world. The 120 desirable ÖTILLÖ team spots have become very exclusive, with a waiting list of over 550 teams from all over the world. With the high demand the organizers now arrange spectacular qualifying races, training camps and a whole swimrun movement is in the making.
“We are humbled and honoured by the growth of this sport and the popularity of the race. In ten years time it has gone from a small, obscure race to being one of the most prestigious endurance events of the year. The pace on the race course just gets faster and faster and last year the course record was crushed in all three categories, men, mixed, and women, showing that the sport is evolving every year. We now have qualifiers to ÖTILLÖ and in Sweden there are more than 40 smaller swimrun competitions catering for the fast growing popularity of the sport both amongst professional athletes and ambitious amateurs. We look forward to continuing pushing the sport forward,” said race directors and founders Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel. Skott and Lemmel are former professional multisport athletes and the backbone of the first Scandinavian adventure racing team for over ten years.
The sport of swimrun is Sweden’s second fastest growing sport and the word is spreading rapidly on the international scene. With the growing demand, ÖTILLÖ organizers have developed a whole new range of events, including qualifiers, sprint races and training camps:
– The qualifying series for ÖTILLÖ: Utö Swimrun (May 31, SWE), Engadin Swimrun (July 11, CH), “XX Swimrun 2015” (soon to be announced), and 3-4 new races around the globe in the near future.
– ÖTILLÖ Sprint: Shorter races the day before or after qualifier races, opening for a wider range of participants. For 2015: ÖTILLÖ Sprint at Utö (easy 13 km) the day prior to Utö Swimrun (37 km).
– ÖTILLÖ Training Sprint: Short training races, organized several times a year at various locations.
– ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Training Camps: Training Camps at beautiful locations in cooperation with Apollo travel agency.
– Partner Races: Cooperation with other swimrun races where the winners qualify to ÖTILLÖ. For 2015: Höga Kusten Swimrun, August 18.
About Swimrun / ÖTILLÖ – The Swimrun World Championship
Swimrun is the fast growing sport where you in teams of two alternate trail running and open water swimming. There is no time to lose – you run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes! ÖTILLÖ is the original and the world’s longest swimrun race, renown as one of the toughest one-day races in the world. You run 65 km on island trails, slippery rocks, unbeaten terrain and you swim a total of 10 km in the cold water of the Baltic Sea. The water is cold, you fight against currents and the course is long. To make it to the finish line before the cut-offs and darkness you can never stop. ÖTILLÖ is celebrating its 10th edition on 7 September 2015.
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Fast Facts ÖTILLÖ – the Swimrun World Championship 10th edition 2015
- 10th edition 2015
- 75 km running and swimming from dawn till dusk
- 65 km of trail running
- 10 km of open water swimming
- Water temperature between 10 – 15 degrees C
- 26 islands to cross
- 50 changes between running and swimming
- The swims are between 100 and 1 780 metres long
- The runs are between 70 and 19 700 metres long
- 120 teams – 3 categories: Men, Mixed & Women teams
- 24 nationalities
- Course record: 8 hours 16 minutes (2014) – Lelle Moberg och Daniel Hansson
- Winners 2014 Men: Lelle Moberg and Daniel Hansson
- Winner 2014 Mixed: Ulrika Eriksson and Jonas Udehn
- Winner 2014 Women: Bibben Nordblom and Charlotta Nilsson
- Ranked by CNN as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world
- Featured in NYT, Outside Magazine, l’Equipe Magazine, TF1 and many more