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Swimrun World Series Engadin
The alpine Swimrun race
July 11th, 2021
This is the race that started the international swimrun movement. It is a challenge. It is a journey from one end of the valley to the other. It is known to be one of the most beautiful races in the world.
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race is challenging and beautiful! The varied course, the altitude and the very strong group of participants will challenge everyone to put in their best performances.
The start is in Maloja, at the top of the valley and finish is by the lake in Silvaplana. The course passes Sils and Silvaplana along the way. The running sections are on dirt roads, single tracks, rocks and with some challenging steep sections to climb. The uphills are rewarded by amazing views. This is tough.
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin
This destination is like a fairy tale. It is the race that launched the international swimrun movement in 2014 as the first race ever outside of Sweden. A unique race in a unique place, hosted in the fantastic Engadin Valley in Switzerland.
The well-known St Moritz is in one end of the valley and in the other you find the mountain communities of Silvaplana, Sils and Maloja. The valley has several pristine mountain lakes on the valley floor and also some at altitude, up in the mountains.
In July the flowers are in full bloom, the glaciers hang over the valleys and the lakes have warmed up. The valley floor is at 1700 metres which means that you are at altitude. The weather in the mountains during this period can be anything from a nice summer day to a cold, hard day out. Be mentally prepared for the worst and enjoy the best.
Schedule for the weekend
Thursday, July 8th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Friday, July 9th, 2021
|17:00||#cleantheocean activity, one hour joint trash search and collect from Race tents|
Saturday, July 10th, 2021
|08:30-10:30||Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Mulets Sport Centre, Silvaplana|
|10:45||MANDATORY to be by the start line - Mulets Sport Centre, Silvaplana|
|11:00||Start Sprint & Experience|
|11:50||First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line|
|12:30-15:00||After race meal|
|12:45||First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line|
|14:30||Last racers across the finish line|
|14:30||Prize giving Sprint|
|15:30-17:30||Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series|
Sunday, July 11th, 2021
|07:15||Buses starts at Nira Alpina Surlej towards Silvaplana Main street|
|07:30||Buses leave from Silvaplana Main street|
|08:15||MANDATORY to be by the start line|
|08:30||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin|
|11:00||Cut-off Time 3|
|13:50||First teams across the finish line|
|14:00-18:30||After race meal|
|14:50||Cut-off Time 7|
|18:00||Last team across the finish line|
Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!
Engadin race specific information
Please see the current Swiss travel restrictions here.
ÖTILLÖ Engadin is in the beautiful Engadin Valley in Switzerland. The race HQ and finish line is in Silvaplana at the Mulets Sports center. We suggest you fly to Zurich, Milano or Bergamo. From these airports there are several travel options to Engadin. From Zurich you can either rent a car or take the train. In Switzerland the train service is phenomenal so you can go from the airport to St. Moritz (Engadin valley) within 4 hours and the train ride is beautiful. Check out train tickets on www.sbb.ch.
From Bergamo or Milan, you will need to rent a car.
NOTE: there is a great public bus system in the Engadin Valley that we recommend you to use. The Taxi is very expensive.
There is lots of different accommodation options. From the most expensive hotels to apartments or youth hostel.
Please contact the following for accommodation, say that you are racing in the ENGADIN SWIMRUN to get the best possible rate.
Hotels Silvaplana and Surlej
The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Mulets Sport Centre, Silvaplana.
- Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, July 25th, 08:30-10:30.
- Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, July 25th, 15:30-17:30.
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.
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 race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be put 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.
Mats & Michael will be at the registrations if you have any last minute questions.
The start for the Sprint and Experience is the same as the FINISH LINE at the Mulets Sports Centre. Make sure you are on-time. The start of the World Series race is in Maloja. We have an organised bus transport, with three pick up points, to take you there – ONLY FOR RACERS (see map) NOTE: The bus will not wait. Be on-time.
- You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before the start.
- Toilets are available by the start line
- You can leave a small bag by the start. At your own risk. Do not leave valuables.
- Experience – Mulets Sports Centre
- Sprint – Mulets Sports Centre
- World Series – Maloja (By Villa Baldini)
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience Engadin does not have any cut-offs. The ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin has two (2) cut-offs. These are for your safety:
- TIME 3 at 11:00
- TIME 7 at 14:50
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 jeopordizing 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 Engadin LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otilloengadin 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.
In the middle of July, it is usually summer in the Engadin Valley with day time temperatures of around 20 degrees C. However, the valley floor is at 1700 meters above sea level and this means that there could even be snowfall.
Water temperatures will be between 10 – 14 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress accordingly and consider wearing something under your wetsuit if you tend to get cold on the long swims. Use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.
Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold weather. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.
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 bike and these are available for rent in Silvaplana. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads.
The following are good spots to see the racers:
For the World Series race
- Start in Maloja
- Sils lake by Maloja
- Finish line
For the Sprint & Experience Race
- Start and Finish at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
- Around lake Champfèrersee, Silvaplana
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.
In our quest to leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible we have decided to take away the majority of disposable cups during our races. This means that we will ONLY have disposable, paper cups at the first two (2) energy stations at the World Series race and first energy station at the Sprint.
After that we expect you to have your own foldable cup or soft flask to be able to drink. If you don’t have your own foldable cup you will be able to buy one in the event area at the finish line.
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.
- ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 25 – 26, 2020. Last day for booking June 28
- ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 29, 2020. Last day for booking August 26
- ÖTILLÖ Utö — September 26 – 27, 2020.
- ÖTILLÖ Cannes — October 17 – 18, 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.
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.