August 7th, 2021
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.
Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Experience Gothenburg
Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience
August 7th, 2021
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.
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.
Early bird fee
– Team 700 SEK / Solo 450 SEK
– Team 800 SEK / Solo 500 SEK
(UP UNTIL 2021-07-28)
Late entry fee
– Team 900 SEK / Solo 550 SEK
(UP UNTIL 2021-08-05)
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg
We are very proud to continue the tradition of Öloppet, one of the first races after the original ÖTILLÖ. Öloppet was established in 2012 and it has been the most important Swimrun race on the Swedish West Coast ever since. We are now working with two of the founders of Öloppet to make sure we can build a great event based on their history.
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, that is why we have chosen to put on all three distances on the same day. There will be lots of spectators and this will be a real celebration of the Swedish summer.
Schedule for the weekend
Thursday, August 5th 2021
|23:59||(Local time) Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ World Series, Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Friday, August 6th 2021
|17:00||#cleantheocean from Styrsö Bratten|
|18:00||A welcome drink by ARK & Vivobarefoot|
Saturday, August 7th 2021
|08:00-10:30||Registration for all races, Styrsö Bratten|
|09:00||Race briefing, Styrsö Bratten|
|10:00||Start World Series|
|11:50||World Series Cut-off at Brännö kyrka|
|12:15||First finish Experience|
|12:30||After race meal open|
|12:35||First finish Sprint|
|12:40||Sprint Cut-off at Brännö kyrka|
|13:35||First Finish World Series|
|13:45||World Series Cut-off at Styrsö Bratten|
|14:30||World Series Cut-off at Sjumansholmen|
|15:00||Prize giving Sprint|
|15:30||World Series Cut-off at Vrångö hamn|
|17:10||Last racers across the finish line|
|17:10||Prize giving World Series|
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 the ferries leave from Saltholmen. We strongly suggest that you go to Saltholmen with public transportation as it is hard to find parking there.
You can take the ferries from in town.
The start and finish of the race is at Styrsö Bratten.
The city has accommodation for everyones budget and taste. On the islands the accommodation is quite hard to find at this time of the year but that is no limitation as the ferries are very regular with departure several times per hour and they run early and late.
We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.
- We will serve fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
- We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
- Please do not take more than you need as there are others behind you.
- We will have paper cups at all energy stations but you are free to use your own collapsible cup as well.
- Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups.
- If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Do not throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.
All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack, you need to pick up your start pack at least 30 minutes before your start. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID. If you race in a team both team members need to come to the registration 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.
There will be a general race briefing for the Experience, Sprint and World Series races online under NEWS. These briefings will be available from 17:00 (local time) on the Friday before the races.
The race briefings are MANDATORY to watch as there will be lots of important information for you to hear.
On location we will have a MANDATORY welcome and briefing by the start as per the schedule.
The start for all races is at Styrsö Bratten, by the ferry terminal. Make sure to be there on-time.
You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
Toilets are available next to the start line
You can leave your bag at the indicated place by the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so if you have any valuables, please bring a lock for your bag.
The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. This is for your safety:
- Brännö Kyrka at 12:40
The ÖTILLÖ World Series has four (4) cut-offs. This is for your safety:
- Brännö Kyrka at 11:50
- Styrsö Bratten at 13:45
- Sjumansholmen at 14:30
- Vrångö Hamn at 15:30
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. During the Covid-19 Pandemic you need to observe our ÖTILLÖ Covid-19 Safety Management Plan.
We ask you to make sure you avoid creating a crowd and to keeping safe distance to others. In the event area at the finish line we will only allow racers.
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 (the start and the first swim entry)
Brännö Rödsten and Galterövägen (energy station)
Styrsö Bratten (energy station)
Styrsö Bratten (finish line)
If you have your own boat:
St Rävholmen – Sjumansholmen
Kårholmen – Vrångö
Krokholmen – Känsö
Känsö – Vargö
Vargö – Styrsö Tången
ÖtillÖ general race information
COVID-19 UPDATE July 9, 2020
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.
- 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 teams have to help another team in an emergency.
- We have medics 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.
- You cannot wear a tow rope for the first run.
- We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running in difficult terrain.
As stated in the ÖTILLÖ COVID- 19 SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLAN 2020 we will now have disposable paper cups at all energy stations. Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups. The foldable cup is therefore not included in the mandatory equipment.
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.
”Try before you buy”.
Now you have the possibility to rent the Worlds fastest swimrun suits at all ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series events. Book your suit online and pick it up on site at the ARK box. Limited amount of suits per event. If you want you have the option to buy your suit afterwards at a discounted price.
Book your wetsuit here.
Rental sites 2020:
- ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 25 – 26, 2020.
- ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 29, 2020.
- ÖTILLÖ Utö — September 26 – 27, 2020.
- ÖTILLÖ Hvar — November 7 – 8, 2020.
- ÖTILLÖ Malta — November 28 – 29, 2020.
You must have a valid personal insurance for racing in Swimrun. If you do not have one you can purchase it for the race or for the 2020 season, valid in all the races listed. It is an insurance that will repay your entry fee and travel costs if you have to withdraw prior to the race due to an accident or illness (you have to have a doctor’s certificate).
Read more and buy your insurance here.
A spot will be awarded to the first two men, women and mixed teams where no team member already has a spot for the following ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship. If a team does not want the spot it will roll down to the next eligible team. If no team wants the spot it goes back to the ÖTILLÖ organisation who are free to do what they want with it. The entry fee needs to be payed at the date set in the invoice.
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 or random team selection, you need to have ranking points. Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship here.
Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.
The winning team in each category will be honored at the last World Series event of the year.
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.