Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience
August 6th, 2023
A new racecourse since 2022.
In the beginning of August the water is warm for Sweden, around 18 degrees. The swims are protected, the runs are easy and the atmosphere is booming. This will give you a real taste of Swedish island life on the West Coast and swimrun in a beautiful environment.
We have designed a new racecourse in 2022. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience course in the Gothenburg Southern archipelago is exciting. It has several short swim and running sections and you get to swimrun in this unique environment.
The Experience race is exactly what the name implies, a swimrun experience for those completely new to the sport or for those not ready to compete over bigger distances.
Race alone or come as a team and enjoy ÖTILLÖ Experience Gothenburg.
Total race distance: 9 300 m
Trail-running: 7 800 m
Run sections: 8
Swimming: 1 500 m
Swim sections: 7
Longest swim: 400 m
Longest run: 3 200 m
Total elevation: 36 m
Early bird fee
– Team 700 SEK / Solo 450 SEK
From Sep 22, 2022
– Team 800 SEK / Solo 500 SEK
From Oct 22, 2022
– Team 900 SEK / Solo 550 SEK
From Jun 6, 2023
Last minute fee
– Team 1 000 SEK / Solo 650 SEK
From Jul 27, 2023
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg
We are very proud to continue to build on the strong West Coast swimrun tradition.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg is just off the mainland with local ferries servicing the islands and archipelago of Styrsö, Donsö and Brännö several times per hour. This race is super accessible and the the race environment is unique.
The islands are beautiful granite islands with small communities everywhere; the summer tradition, the ocean and the friendly smiles are ever present. The fishing community is still active.
In early August it is the height of the summer season and there will be lots of spectators. To have all three distances on the same day makes for a perfect swimrun party. This is a real celebration of the Swedish summer.
Schedule for the weekend
Sunday, August 6th 2023
|08:30-09:30||Race bib distribution ÖTILLÖ World Series Team & Solo|
|10:10||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Team & Solo|
|10:20-11:20||Race bib distribution ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience Team & Solo|
|12:10||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo|
|12:30||Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo|
|13:30||First finish Experience|
|13:45||First finish World Series|
|13:50||World Series Cut-off at Time 4 - Styrsö Sandvik|
|13:50||Sprint Cut-off at Time 2 - Kårholmen|
|14:00||First finish Sprint|
|14:00-17:30||After race meal at Styrsö Bratten|
|15:00||World Series Cut-off at Time 5 - Kårholmen|
|15:00||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience|
|16:30||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series|
|17:00||Last racers across the finish line|
|17:00-19:00||After Swimrun Social on our own party ferry at Styrsö Bratten|
Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.
Good luck and have fun!
Gothenburg race specific information
Gothenburg is Swedens second largest city. You can easily reach Gothenburg by plane, train and by car.
In Gothenburg most ferries to the Race area at Styrsö Bratten leave from Saltholmen. The easiest way to see the time tables and to pay for your ferry ticket is by downloading the Västtrafik To Go app. You cannot buy your ticket on the ferry. We strongly suggest that you go to Saltholmen with public transportation as it is hard to find parking there.
You can also take the ferries from Stenpiren, located in the city center here.
Please see the detailed ferry schedules under FAQ “logistics to get to the start at Gothenburg”.
Finding accommodation on the islands where the race courses are is difficult. The benefit of Gothenburg is that there are lots of options on the mainland and the race course is extremely accessible.
We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course maps and in the Times & Distance documents.
We will serve…
- products (sport drinks and gels) of our official partner Maurten
- fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
- water and if cold weather we will also provide warm liquid.
We do not have paper cups at the energy stations, use your collapsible cup or soft flask to drink from.
If you bring your own gels, than please carry it in your wetsuit. Do not throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.
More details will be announced 4 weeks prior to the event.
The race area is at Styrsö Bratten.
Here you can download a map to get an overview of the courses and the race area.
Changing rooms, toilets and showers
There are toilets at Styrsö Bratten, by the finish line and at the school by Time 1. You can get changed and use showers in the school.
You can leave your bag with essentials in a designated tent by the Start & Finish line. The bag drop is not guarded.
We will serve after-race food for all racers in the race tent from 14:00.
The race bib distribution for the World Series, Sprint & Experience races is in the Race tent at Styrsö Bratten. All racers have to come to the race bib distribution to collect the Start pack.
To receive you start pack you will have to display your photo-ID. If you race in a team both team members need to come to the bib distribution together. For a smoother process, please look up your start number before picking up your Start pack. If you plan to race with fins you need to bring these so that we can verify that they are in line with the rules.
- Wetsuit (legs and torso in one piece) is mandatory even if the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celcius.
During the 2022 season we have a general online briefing for all races.
You can find the race briefing here.
15 minutes before each start there will be a short race specific update at the start line.
At registration at each destination one of the Race Directors will be present to answer questions.
The start and finish for all races is located next to the ferry terminal at Styrsö Bratten.
To get to Styrsö Bratten you take the ferry from Saltholmen or Stenpiren in Gothenburg, please see the ferry schedules below.
Saltholmen you can access via tram or with your own car. Parking is difficult and is only possible at Långedrag, a good 15- minute walk from the ferry terminal. Stenpiren is located in the City centre.
Ferries from Saltholmen to Styrsö Bratten, Sunday August 6th
Ferry departures tbc
These can also be found in the Västtrafik travel planner.
Ferries from Stenpiren to Styrsö Bratten, Sunday August 6th
Ferry departures tbc
These are extra ferries and will not be shown in the travel planner above.
You pay for your trip in the Västtrafik To Go app by credit card or Swish.
You have to be in the start box 15 minutes before start for a short race update.
Toilets are available by the finish line at Styrsö Bratten and in the changing rooms at the school at Time 1.
The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. This is for your safety:
- Time 2 – Kårholmen at 13:55
The ÖTILLÖ World Series has two (2) cut-offs. This is for your safety:
- Time 4 – Styrsö Sandvik at 13:50
- Time 5 – Kårholmen at 15:00
We have cut-offs in our events to make sure that we can have a safe race, these are put in place so that everyone has a possibility to finish before dark and without jeopardizing the safety of others by stretching the safety organization too much. Please respect this and the people enforcing them.
During each race we make a big media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams along the course. If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to email@example.com.
We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillogothenburg to tag our posts, please do so you too. Our images that we post from the race are free to use for you as racers but not allowed for commercial use to promote other products or events.
In the beginning of August it is the height of the summer in Gothenburg. Water temperatures area round 18 degrees C.
Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold weather. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this. The water on the West coast is salty.
In the water there are jelly fish. The white ones are harmless and the red ones sting. The sting is not very strong compared to the Mediterreanean jelly fish.
We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events.
The races are great to follow as a spectator. All courses are very easily accessible from the ferry services. By a day pass and ride around to cheer the racers on.
NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.
Good spectator spots
Styrsö Bratten Race Village (Start, finish and the first swim entry for World Series)
Asperö (energy station World Series)
Styrsö Sandvik (energy station World Series)
Utterviks badplats, Styrsö (swim entry all distances)
Kårholmen (energy station World Series & Sprint)
Vrångö Harbor (timing station World Series & Sprint)
If you have your own boat:
Krokholmen – Känsö
Känsö – Vargö
Vargö – Styrsö Tången
St Rävholmen – Sjumansholmen
Kårholmen – Vrångö
ÖtillÖ general race information
Each athlete participating in an ÖTILLÖ Swimrun (World Series, Sprint & Experience race) must know, understand and follow all the competition rules. Please read the ÖTILLÖ Standard Swimrun rules.
3.2 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PER TEAM
3.2.1 1 first aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
3.2.2 2 wetsuits (legs and torso in one piece), 1 per person, suitable for the current water temperature. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a wetsuit
3.2.3 2 whistles, 1 per person, easily accessible so you are able to use it during the swims
3.2.4 2 foldable cups/soft flasks or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations.
3.3 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PER PERSON COMPETING IN SOLO
3.3.1 1 first aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
3.3.2 1 wetsuit (legs and torso in one piece), suitable for the current water temperatures. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a wetsuit
3.3.3 1 whistle, easily accessible so you are able to use it during the swims
3.3.4 1 foldable cup/soft flask or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations.
3.4 MANDATORY EQUIPMENT PER PERSON THAT THE ORGANIZATION WILL SUPPLY
3.4.1 A race bib that must be worn visible all the time during the race
3.4.2 A timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged 100 Euros or equivalent)
3.4.3 A swim cap that must be worn on the head during all the swims
3.4.4 At some of the races, a GPS tracker must be carried by the racers of the World Series category (Solo: 1 per person, Team: 1 per team)
We use a timing chip that you attach around your ankle with a velcro strap, you will receive the velcro strap in your registration bag. When you pass the timing checkpoints along the course your time will be registered. We will have up to 10 checkpoints along the course and will be reporting your times live on the website.
- You need to enter the start box from behind to activate your chip. Non activated chip will result in disqualification.
- After the race you need to return the timing chip at the finish line. Non-returned chip will be charged 100 €.
- The race bibs cannot be modified in any way.
- Your race bib must be worn visible at all times.
- After the race you need to return your race bib at the finish line.
- Take care of each other; it is a long and tough course.
- We have safety boats and are trying to do our best to cover the course.
- All racers have to help another racer in an emergency.
- We have several medic teams on the course.
- Communicate with race officials when help needed.
- If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip at the finish area.
- We suggest that you do not use a tow rope when running in difficult terrain.
To minimize waste we will no longer supply cups at the energy stations. You need to bring your own collapsible cup or soft flask that we will fill. One cup or soft flask per person is included in the mandatory equipment.
We will have cups and soft flasks to sell at the events if you do not have one with you.
If the race organization believe there is a danger for the racers or the organization based on weather or other conditions, the course can be changed the day before or even in the middle of the race. Safety is our priority.
At all the ÖTILLÖ World Series events from the latest World Championship to the next there are nine (9) direct qualification spots available, 63 in total. These direct qualification spots are only given to teams where no racer in the team already has a spot.
If a spot is declined it rolls down to the next team. You do not have to be at the award ceremony and you do not have to pay on-site to get your spot. The direct qualification spots are distributed to 4 men, 3 mixed and 2 women teams at each event. This is based on the historical amount of teams per category to make the probability rate as equal as possible.
Read more about qualifying to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship here.
All teams that finish an ÖTILLÖ World Series race or a race with ÖTILLÖ merit status will receive ranking points, see all merit races here. Check out the races, finish it and get points. If you are not registered, read more about the Swimrun ranking and register here.
To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship through ranking selection, you need to have ranking points. Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship here.
As you might know we have some ÖTILLÖ branded goods. These can be found on our website
Our partners will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.
As a swimrunner you are responsible for your team mate and for others around you. It is your obligation to know how to rescue someone out of the water, how to do CPR and how to use your Mandatory pressure bandage if someone has a bad cut. Here are some good films for you to watch.
Swimming induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) is a condition which has gained attention in recent years. In short, due to somewhat unclear mechanism, fluid collects in the lungs, compromising the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. This results in the following symptoms;
- Shortness of breath
- Decreased oxygen saturation (which has to be measured with medical instruments)
- Cough, sometimes with blood
There is ongoing research in the subject, and as the knowledge increases, we will hopefully learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.
The current research suggests that the condition terminates in less than 48h. Often it’s enough to stop the activity, remove/open up the wetsuit and get warm. In some cases, oxygen therapy is needed. It’s not fully understood why the condition arises.
There are yet no studies evaluating the long-term effects of SIPE. There is evidence that susceptible individuals may have recurrent episodes of SIPE. There are some medications that may help to prevent recurrent episodes.
If you experience the above symptoms, we recommend stopping the activity and contacting race marshals. If you encounter symptoms during a training session, we recommend seeking medical attention since there are other medical conditions which can manifest in the same way.
Train smart, race hard and take care of yourself and your partner!
Neither the participant nor the race organizer shall be held responsible for a force majeure event. Force majeure means any event which is unforeseen and beyond the reasonable control of either party including but not limited to the following: Act of God, adverse weather, inevitable accident, failure or shortage of power supplies, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, lightning, war or armed conflict, embargo, government or regulatory action or decree, riot or civil disturbance, strike, lock-outs, or other industrial action, terrorist action, failure or delay of common carrier or impairment or lack of adequate transportation facilities.
If by reason of any force majeure event the race organizer is delayed in, or prevented from, performing any of the obligations with regards to staging the race, no loss or damage shall be claimed by the participant by reason thereof.