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August 7th, 2021
We follow the footsteps and traditions of the well-known Öloppet.
A West coast Swimrun tradition since 2012. This World Series is a full-throttle event.
A high-speed sightseeing of a unique environment. It is also the last chance to qualify for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2021.

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun World Series Gothenburg

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ World Series

August 7th, 2021

We follow the footsteps and traditions of the well-known Öloppet. A West coast Swimrun tradition since 2012. This World Series is a full-throttle event. A high-speed sightseeing of a unique environment. It is also the last chance to qualify for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

National Partner
Stena Recycling
Timing Partner
Partner - Precision Hydration
Partner - Gococo
Destination Partners
West Sweden

Race description

We follow the footsteps and traditions of the well-known Öloppet. A West Coast Swimrun tradition since 2012. This World Series is a full-throttle event. A high-speed sightseeing of a unique environment. The course has lots of swims, the runs are almost all on fast ”park-paths” so not very technical, it is constant up and down, in and out. The islands have lots of people on them at this time of the year so you will all be heroes. You are up for a mega treat.

This is the last chance to qualify for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

Short facts

Date: 2021-08-07
Country: Sweden
Total race distance: 34 955
Trail-running: 28 830
Run sections: 18
Swimming: 6 125
Swim sections: 17
Longest swim: 1 050
Longest run: 7 050
Total elevation: 96

Gothenburg Sprint
Gothenburg Experience


Early bird fee
– Team 3 850 SEK
(UNTIL 2021-02-23)

Normal fee
– Team 4 200 SEK
(UP UNTIL 2021-07-28)

Late entry fee
– Team 4 800 SEK
(UP UNTIL 2021-08-05)

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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 support@race.se.

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
10:30 Start Sprint
11:15 Start Experience
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

Race information

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.

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Good luck and have fun!

Gothenburg race specific information
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Start Lists for Gothenburg

Here you will find all registered participants and start lists for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Gothenburg 2021.

World Series
Travel to Gothenburg

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.

Accommodation at Gothenburg

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.

Energy stations at Gothenburg

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.
Registration at Gothenburg

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.

Race Briefing at Gothenburg

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.

Logistics to get to start at Gothenburg

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.

Cut offs at Gothenburg

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.

Media production at Gothenburg

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 media.requests@otilloswimrun.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.

Weather at Gothenburg

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.

Spectators, friends and families at Gothenburg

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

On land:
Styrsö Bratten Race Village (the start and the first swim entry)
Brännö Rödsten and Galterövägen (energy station)
Styrsö Tången
Styrsö Bratten (energy station)
Vrångö Harbor
Styrsö Bratten (finish line)

If you have your own boat:
The swims:
St Rävholmen – Sjumansholmen
Kårholmen – Vrångö
Krokholmen – Känsö
Känsö – Vargö
Vargö – Styrsö Tången

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Covid-19 update
COVID-19 UPDATE July 9, 2020

Read the latest Covid-19 news here »


Race rules

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.

Safety measures
  • 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.
Cups at ÖTILLÖ Races

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.

Race course

Race course

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.

Rental wetsuits

”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.

ÖTILLÖ Qualification

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.

Swimrun ranking

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.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

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.

Check out the World Series standings and the new point distribution here.

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

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.

Swimrun rescue

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!

Force Majeure

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.

Images & Video

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