March 7th, 2021 - To be confirmed
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series start of the swimrun season on Catalina Island has everything.
One of our tougher courses, a friendly community and wild nature. Be ready to dig deep.
Our tribute to America and to
the cradle of endurance sports
Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun World Series Catalina
Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun World Series Catalina
Our tribute to America and to the cradle of endurance sports
March 7th, 2021 – To be confirmed
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series start of the swimrun season on Catalina Island has everything. One of our tougher courses, a friendly community and wild nature. Be ready to dig deep.
This race course is up to the highest of ÖTILLÖ swimrun standards. It is hard and magnificent.
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series course has everything; lots of vertical climbs and descents, lots of swimming, fantastic trail running, lots of wild nature, no people and an abundance of fish on the swims. It is hard to say if it is a runners course or if it is a swimmers course, we think it is a swimrunners course.
The registration for 2021 has not yet opened.
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 early spring the island is green, the wild flowers are blooming and the contrasts are beautiful.
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 start of a season.
Schedule for the weekend - this is the 2020 schedule for reference
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
|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, February 28th, 2020
|15:30||#Cleantheocean activity in Avalon - Open for everyone. Meeting place: The Trailhead|
|16:30||Social Swimrun, in Avalon - Open for everyone, NOT competitive. Meeting place: The Trailhead|
|18:30||Social gathering in Avalon. Drinks, snacks and fun hosted by Vivobarefoot & ARK. Open for everyone, 75 persons limit. Must be booked in advance via the Facebook event. Venue: The Toyon Grill|
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
|09:15-10:45||Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors|
|10:45||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 & beer ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors|
|13:20||First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line|
|13:40||Cut-off for ÖTILLÖ Sprint at Isthmus Harbor Beach|
|15:30||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors|
|17:30-19:00||Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Casino Theatre, Avalon|
|18:00-19:00||Wine & cheese welcome drink – Casino Theatre, Avalon|
|19:00||MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Casino Theatre, Avalon|
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
|07:00||Chartered ferry to Two Harbors from Avalon. 45 minute ride|
|09:15||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Two Harbors|
|11:05||Cut-off at Time 2 Two Harbors|
|14:00||Cut-off at Time 5 Emerald Bay|
|14:00||First team across the finish line|
|16:30||Cut-off at Time 7 Isthmus Harbor Beach|
|17:30||Last team across the finish line|
|14:30-18:00||Burgers & beer ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant, Two Harbors|
|18:00||Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series – The Reef restaurant|
|18:45||Load chartered ferry back to Avalon. Bar open on-board|
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
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.
For those planning to participate in the Saturday races (Sprint & Experience) in Two Harbors we will have a special ferry service from the Catalina Express Ferry Terminal in San Pedro in the morning of the race and returning in the afternoon of the race. To make sure you can be at all functions and participate in the races. Check out the ferry schedule in the below menu.
For the Sunday World Series race you need to be in Avalon no later than 17:30 on Saturday for registration, the welcome drink and the MANDATORY race briefing. You should plan Saturday and Sunday evening in Avalon. We will transport you to Two Harbors for the race and back.
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.
For bookings at the following hotels at Catalina:
- Atwater Hotel (Avalon)
- Pavilion Hotel (Avalon)
- Mt. Ada (Avalon)
- Banning House (Two Harbors)
Use the code “Swimrun” for a 10% reduction of the off-season rate.
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.
The registration for the Sprint and Experience will be at the Reef restaurant in Two Harbors. The registration for the World Series race will be at the Avalon Casino.
- Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, February 29th, 09:30-10:30
- Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, February 29th, 17:30-19:00
All racers have to come to the registration to collect their Start packs. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID and sign that you accept the rules. 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.
The race briefing for the Sprint and Experience will be at the Reef rstaurant in Two Harbors. The race briefing for the World Series race will be at the Avalon Casino. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.
- Briefing for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, February 29th, at 10:30
- Briefing for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, February 29th, at 19:00
The start for all three races is at in Two Harbors. We will transport the Sunday World Series racers back and forth from Avalon. For Saturday Sprint and Experience you will need to make your own way with the regular ferries. Make sure to be there on time.
- 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.
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 11:05
- Emerald BAY at 14:00
- 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.
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 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.
In the end of February and the beginning of March the spring has started on Catalina with usually dry, sunny weather. Outside temperature is close to 18 degrees and this means that it will be warmer in the sun. Water temperatures are between 13 – 14 degrees C.
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.
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 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.
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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.