Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience
Our tribute to France
October 14th, 2023
The Experience distance in Cannes is easy and manageable for anyone wanting to try swimrun. we have seen many parents introduce their children to our sport here. Come and enjoy the great atmosphere.
The ÖTILLÖ Experience Cannes is a perfect sightseeing tour of the waterfront in Cannes. Some very nice swims and easy runs. The beach finish in front of the Hotel Martinez is spectacular. This course can be done by anyone.
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 an ÖTILLÖ Swimrun experience in Cannes.
Early bird fee
– Team € 70 / Solo € 45
– Team € 80 / Solo € 50
– Team € 90 / Solo € 55
Last minute fee
– Team € 100 / Solo € 65
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes
We have finally found our home in France. The beautiful city of Cannes offers a new venue for us with some urban sections and some fantastic nature.
The water is warm and clear and the atmosphere is great.
Cannes is the perfect place for a race in the late autumn. It is very easy access with lots of accommodation options.
Welcome to one of the most well-known cities in Europe. We know that we will surprise you!
Schedule for the weekend
(this is the 2022 schedule for reference)
Friday, October 14th, 2022
|17:30-18:30||Race bib distribution ÖTILLÖ World Series - Hôtel Martinez|
|18:00-18:30||Workshop on foot health and barefoot movement together with Vivobarefoot - Hôtel Martinez|
|18:45-19:15||Mandatory Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series - Hôtel Martinez|
|19:30-21:00||Pre-race Pasta party at the Martinez beach club|
Saturday, October 15th, 2022
|08:00||Ferry to the start for ÖTILLÖ World Series leaves from Port Pierre Canto|
|08:30-09:30||Race bib distribution ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Hôtel Martinez|
|09:15||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Team & Solo - Île de Ste Marguerite|
|10:30||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience Team & Solo - Hôtel Martinez beach|
|11:35||First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line|
|12:00||World Series Cut-off at Time 3 - Harbour Île Sainte-Marguerite|
|12:00||First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line|
|12:55||World Series Cut-off at Time 4 - Rue du Dr Zamenhof|
|13:25||First World Series Team/Solo across the finish line|
|15:00||World Series Cut-off at Time 7 - Rue du Dr Zamenhof|
|15:00||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Finish line, Hôtel Martinez|
|17:35||Last racers across the finish line|
|18:00||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series - Finish line, Hôtel Martinez|
|19:00-21:00||After-race Beach party at the Martinez beach club|
Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!
Cannes race specific information
Here you will find all registered participants and start lists for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes 2023.
The race area is on the Hotel Martinez beach, on the Croisette.
Here you can download a map to get an overview of the courses and the race area.
The start for the Sprint and Experience races are on the Hotel Martinez beach. The start for the World Series race is in the fort on île Ste Marguerite.
Changing rooms, toilets and showers
There are a few toilets, showers and changing rooms by the finish line.
For the Sprint & Experience you can leave a small bag by the Hotel Martinez Beach Club.
For the World Series you can bring a small bag to the start which you will find at the finish line by the Hotel Martinez Beach Club.
Mark your bag well. The bag drop is not guarded.
There will be a small snack served for all racers after the races at the beach club of Hotel Martinez.
Drinks will be available for purchase.
The prize givings will be done by the finish line at the Hotel Martinez Beach Club according to the schedule.
Cannes is ideal from a travel perspective. There is a train station in town with connections to all of Europe. Within 30 minutes you have Nice airport in the East and Marseille within 90 minutes to the West.
We are very proud to work with Hotel Martinez in Cannes.
The beach club of the Hotel Martinez is where all the finishes will be. It will also be the start location for the Experience and the Sprint races.
We look forward to seeing you in The Martinez!
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 fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
- We will serve water and Sports drink 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 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.
We will serve water and Sports drink from Maurten at all stations. Below you can find the other food and drinks that will be served at each station.
- Time 1, Harbour Île Sainte-Marguerite – Apples, chocolate bites
- Time 3, Harbour Île Sainte-Marguerite – Bananas, apples, chocolate bites, Maurten Gel 100
- Time 4, Rue du Dr Zamenhof – Bananas, fruit cake, chips, dried apricots, sweets
- Time 5, La Stelle du Liberator – Oranges, sandwiches, nut creme, Maurten Gel 100 CAF
- Time 7, Rue du Dr Zamenhof – Bananas, fruit cake, chips, dried apricots, sweets
- Time 9, Boulevard Eugène Gazagnaire – Bananas, oranges, Pain au chocolate, mixed salted nuts
- Time 2, Rue du Dr Zamenhof – Bananas, fruit cake, chips, dried apricots, sweets
- Time 4, Boulevard Eugène Gazagnaire – Bananas, oranges, Pain au chocolate, mixed salted nuts
- Time 2, Rue du Dr Zamenhof – Bananas, fruit cake, chips, dried apricots, sweets
Race race bib distribution for all races will be in the Hotel Martinez. Enter the hotel and follow the signs in the lobby.
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.
According to French law you must bring and display 1 doctors certificate per person at the race registration, you can also upload the certificate when entering the race. See example file for a medical release form here.
If you have a Federation license you do not need a medical certificate. Please provide us with a copy of your license.
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.
Sprint & Experience race
The start for the Sprint- & Experience race is the same as the Finish line on the Hôtel Martinez beach.
World Series race
The Start of the World Series race is on Île de Ste Marguerite. You will have to take the chartered ferry to the start. The ferry leaves at 08:00 from La Capitainerie, Port Canto. We recommend that you are by the ferry at least 15 minutes before departure. The ferry will not wait for anyone.
- You have to be in the start box 15 minutes before start for a short race update.
- Toilets are available by the start line.
- You can leave a small bag by the start, we will transport it to the finish line. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so do not leave any valuables.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience do not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs.
- TIME 3 at 12:00
- TIME 4 at 12:55
- TIME 7 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 Cannes World Series LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family.
We will also use #otilloCannes 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.
Autumn in Cannes is beautiful with warm temperatures and sun. Day time temperatures are usually around 20 degrees C.
Water temperatures will be between 17 – 21 degrees C. Make sure you dress accordingly.
Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.
We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events.
The courses are very easy to follow by bicycle or by foot and the whole World Series course is very accessible as soon as the racers arrive on the mainland.
Spots not to miss: Le Suquet.
NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.
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.
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.
As we no longer have restrictions regarding cups we will go back to our “old” behavior. 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.
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 whole 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.
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.