ÖtillÖ Swimrun Sprint Catalina

March 19th, 2022

This ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint has everything. Fast-paced fire roads, epic swims, a big nature
experience and a fantastic atmosphere. It can be as hard as you want it to be.

Our tribute to America and to
the cradle of endurance sports

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Sprint Catalina

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Sprint Catalina

Our tribute to America and to the cradle of endurance sports

March 19th, 2022

This ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint has everything. Fast-paced fire roads, epic swims, a big nature experience and a fantastic atmosphere. It can be as hard as you want it to be.

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

Timing Partner
Partner - Precision Hydration
Partner - Gococo
Destination Partners
USC Wrigley
Catalina Island Conservancy
Catalina Chamber of Commerce
City of Avalon
Catalina Island Company

Race description

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Catalina swimrun course is great fun; with loops around the small community of Two Harbors. The runs are mostly flat, on easy, wide trails and the swims are mostly protected and beautiful. Yet it can be a challenge, if you want it to be. The course is very easy to follow if you have friends and family that want to come along.

An ÖTILLÖ Sprint race is the perfect swimrun race for those of you who feel that the World Series is too much or for those who want to go fast. Traditionally we have everything from very strong racers to absolute beginner Swimrunners doing the Sprint distances. Race in pairs or solo.

Short facts

Date: 2022-03-19
Country: USA
Total race distance: 14 900 m
Trail-running: 11 800 m
Run sections: 5
Swimming: 3 100 m
Swim sections: 4
Longest swim: 1 400 m
Longest run: 4 800 m
Total elevation: 236 m

Catalina Experience
Catalina World Series


Early bird fee
– Team $ 260 / Solo $ 175
(UP UNTIL 2021-04-13)

Normal fee
– Team $ 300 / Solo $ 200
(UP UNTIL 2022-03-10)

Late entry fee
– Team $ 350 / Solo $ 225
(UP UNTIL 2022-03-18)

Sign up today via RaceID.com

About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina

Catalina Island is like a dream. An island just 21 nautical miles off the California coast with endless outdoor and Swimrun possibilities. A rugged island with a 650- meter vertical drop from the highest point to the sea. Lots of bays, pebbled beaches and crystal- clear waters abundant with fish.

In the end of March the island is green and the wild flowers are in full bloom!

This Swimrun location is iconic. A stone’s throw from the 18-million people in Los Angeles you will find the landscape of Jurassic Park.

The perfect place to start the swimrun season.

Read the full Race Report »

Schedule for the weekend

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

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@raceid.com.

Friday, March 18th, 2022

15:30 #Cleantheocean activity in Avalon - Open for everyone. Meeting place: The Trailhead
16:30 Social Swimrun, in Avalon - Open for everyone. Meeting place: The Trailhead
18:30 Social gathering in Avalon. Drinks, snacks and fun hosted by Vivobarefoot & ARK. Venue: The Toyon Grill

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

09:00-10:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
10:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo – Two Harbors
12:30 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:00-15:30 Burgers ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
13:00 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
13:40 Cut-off for ÖTILLÖ Sprint at Time 2 Isthmus Harbor Beach
15:10 Last racers across the finish line
15:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
18:00-19:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo– Avalon

Sunday, March 20th, 2022

04:45 Departure chartered ferry to Two Harbors via Avalon from Long Beach.
07:30 Departure chartered ferry to Two Harbors from Avalon.
07:30-08:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo – On the ferry between Avalon and Two Harbors
08:45 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo– The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
09:45 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo – Two Harbors
11:50 Cut-off at Time 3 Two Harbors
14:05 First team across the finish line
14:30-18:00 Burgers for racers – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors
14:35 Cut-off at Time 6 Emerald Bay
16:30 Cut-off at Time 8 Isthmus Harbor Beach
17:45 Last team across the finish line
17:45 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series & World Series distance Solo – The Reef restaurant
17:45 Start loading chartered ferry back to Avalon and Long Beach.
18:30 Departure chartered ferry to Avalon and Long Beach.

Race information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!

Catalina race specific information
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Start lists for Catalina

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

World Series
World Series Distance Solo
Travel to Catalina

There will be ferries from San Pedro and Avalon to Two Harbours before the start and back again after the races on both Saturday and Sunday. More information and a schedule will come.

Catalina Island is reached by ferry from Mainland California. Catalina Island ferry terminals are found in Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point with timetables found here. If you are sensitive to seasickness we recommend that you take medication before travel.

National and International air travel is recommended to Los Angeles (LAX) from where it is easy to take a car service to the ferry terminals. Count 90 minutes to the San Pedro ferry terminal from LAX so that you have plenty of time.

Please read this article in SwimrunLife Magazine for more info.

Accommodation in Catalina

As a racer you and the persons who might be traveling with you have a 10% discount at the Island Company hotel properties.

These include the following hotels:

  • Pavillion Hotel, Avalon
  • Hotel Atwater, Avalon
  • Mt Ada, Avalon
  • Banning House Lodge, Two Harbors

The discount code is: SWIMRUN and can be used from now until the end of March 2022!

Energy stations at Catalina

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 in Catalina

Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience

  • Saturday, March 19th, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM at the Reef Restaurant in Two Harbors.

Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series

  • Saturday, March 19th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Avalon.
  • Sunday, March 20th, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM on the chartered ferry between Avalon and Two Harbors.

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. Every racer needs also to bring a signed copy of the attached “Waiver and release agreement”. 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 in Catalina

During the 2021/ 2022 season we have a general online briefing for each distance. You can find it here. 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.

Logistic to get to the start in Catalina

The start for all three races are in Two Harbors.

There will be ferry options to all starts.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start.
  • Toilets are available by the start line.
  • You can leave a small bag at the indicated place at the start. Bring a minimum of valuables.
Cut offs in Catalina

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs. The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off:

  • Isthmus Harbor Beach at 13:40

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • Two Harbors at 11:50
  • Emerald Bay at 14:35
  • Isthmus Harbor Beach at 16:30

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 Catalina

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 World Series Catalina LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillocatalina to tag our posts, please do so 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 Catalina

In the end of March the island is green and the wild flowers are blooming. It is beautiful.

Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold weather, make sure you bring clothes to handle this.

To see the current weather and temperatures check out the following link. Current weather on Catalina Island.

The water in the Pacific is salty, this has an advantage as you will have more flotation, and it also has a disadvantage and that is the possibility for chafing during the race. Make sure you prepare areas that rub so you enjoy both the beginning and the end of the race.

Spectators, friends and families in Catalina

We strongly suggest that you take the time to enjoy Catalina Island and the California coast. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a long weekend or the week with you. The hotel deals is of course for them as well.

As the courses passes through Two Harbors you will be able to see the start, the middle and the end of the race from there.

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
Covid-19 update
COVID-19 UPDATE September 14, 2021

Read our Covid-19 Safety management plan »


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 Catalina - 2020