ötillö Swimrun Experience Cannes

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October 15th, 2022
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.

Our tribute to France

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Experience Cannes

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience

Our tribute to France

October 15th, 2022

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.

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

National Partner
Hotel Martinez
Timing Partner
Partner - Gococo
Destination Partners
Cannes Cote d´Azur
Capitale du Sport
Alpes Maritimes
Abbaye Lerins

Race description

The ÖTILLÖ Experience Cannes is a perfect sightseeing tour of the waterfront in Cannes. Some very nice swims and easy runs. 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.

Short facts

Date: 2022-10-15
Country: France
Total race distance: 7 300 m
Trail-running: 5 300 m
Run sections: 4
Swimming: 2 000 m
Swim sections: 4
Longest swim: 700 m
Longest run: 3 200 m
Total elevation: 6 m

Cannes Sprint
Cannes World Series


Early bird fee
– Team € 70 / Solo € 45

Normal fee
– Team € 80 / Solo € 50

Late entry fee
– Team € 90 / Solo € 55


The registration for ÖTILLÖ Cannes 2022 will open in February.

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!

Read the full Race Directors Report »

Schedule for the weekend

Thursday, October 14th 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 info@otilloswimrun.com.

Friday, October 15th 2021

17:30 #cleantheocean activity - One-hour joint trash search and collect from the finish area at Hôtel Martinez

Saturday, October 16th 2021

09:00-10:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience, Hôtel Martinez
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience Team & Solo
12:30 Sprint race cut-off at Time 2
12:35 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:10 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:15 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Finish line, Hôtel Martinez
15:30-17:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo, Hôtel Martinez
17:00 "Meet the World Champions" - a 30-minute questions & answers with the Women & Mixed World Champions at the Hotel Martinez Beach Club.

Sunday, October 17th 2021

07:45 Ferry leaves from Port Pierre Canto for the start line. RACERS ONLY
09:00 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo
12:20 Race cut-off at Time 4
13:10 Race cut-off at Time 5
13:50 First team across the finish line
15:30 Race cut-off at Time 8
17:55 Last team across the finish line
18:00 Prize giving and closing ceremony - Finish line, Hôtel Martinez

Race information

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!

Covid- 19 regulations 2021
To race in France you either have to show proof of being fully vaccinated or proof that you have a negative Covid test within 72 hours of registering for the race. This also applies to travel to France.

Cannes race specific information
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Race area in Cannes

Race area
The race area is on the Hotel Martinez beach, on the Croisette

The start for all races on Saturday are on the Hotel Martinez beach. The start for the Sunday races 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.

Bag drop
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.

Prize givings
The prize givings will be done by the finish line at the Hotel Martinez Beach Club according to the schedule.

Covid-19 requirements
COVID-19 UPDATE January 14, 2022

We will follow the national and local regulations regarding the Covid-19 requirements for outdoor events of our size.

See our Covid-19 safety management plan ».


Travel to Cannes

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.

Accommodation in Cannes

We are very proud to work with Hotel Martinez in Cannes.

This year the start and finish of the Experience and the Sprint races on Saturday will be on the Martinez beach.

The finish line of the World Series will be on the Martinez beach and we will have an After Swimrun get-together on Saturday and on Sunday on the beach too.

The Hotel Martinez is offering a special ÖTILLÖ rate for racers, friends and family with a 20% discount on all rooms incl breakfast. From the 14th – 18th of October.

To get the special ÖTILLÖ rate use the Code: CR160972 in the corporate and group code section when choosing from the “Special rate” drop down menu when you press the BOOK NOW button.
Book your accommodation here.

We look forward to seeing you in The Martinez!

Energy stations in Cannes

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.

Energy Schedule World Series

  • Time 2 – Bananas, sweets
  • Time 4 – Chocolate balls, dried fruit
  • Time 5 – Oranges, nut cream, salted almonds, warm syrup
  • Time 7 – Bananas, pain au chocolat, sweets
  • Time 8 – Oranges, sandwiches
  • Time 10 – bananas, salted peanuts

Energy Schedule Sprint

  • Time 2 – Bananas, sweets
  • Time 4 – Oranges, peanuts

Energy Schedule Experience

  • Time 2 – Bananas, sweets
Registration in Cannes

Race registration for all races will be in the Hotel Martinez. Enter the hotel and follow the signs in the lobby.

All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack. 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. According to French law you must bring and display 1 doctors certificate per person at the race registration. 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.

Please make sure to bring your ID, your medical certificate, your proof of being fully vaccinated/PCR test/Antigen test and your team mate if racing in a team.

Race briefing in Cannes

During the 2021 season we will have a general online briefing for each distance. This will be available on our Youtube from June 17th. This will be mandatory to watch.

For each event there is a specific RACE INFORMATION section at the bottom of each race page which we strongly suggest that you read so you can prepare for a successful race.

At registration at each destination one of the Race Directors will be present to answer questions. We will have a short race information session before start about things that are specific for each race day.

Logistics to get to start in Cannes

Sprint & Experience race 

The start for the Sprint- & Experience race is the same as the Finish line on the Hôtel Martinez beach. Make sure to be there on-time.

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 07:45 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
  • 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.
Cut offs in Cannes

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint have one cut-off.

  • TIME 5 at 12:30

The ÖTILLÖ World Series have three (3) cut-offs.

  • TIME 4 at 12:20
  • TIME 5 at 13:10
  • TIME 8 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 in Cannes

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 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.

Weather in Cannes

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.

Spectators, friends and families in Cannes

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 course is very easy to follow by bicycle or by foot and it 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
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 events. Book your suit online and pick it up on site at the ARK box.
Book your wetsuit here.


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.

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. On ÖTILLÖ Utö, Engadin and Gothenburg we will have three qualifier spots per category.
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

ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Cannes 2021