Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint Final 15K

Experience the Final 15 km of the legendary ÖTILLÖ course.

August 29th, 2020

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

Partner - Mr Green

National Partner
Addnature
Timing Partner
Garmin
Suppliers
Partner - Crownhealth
Partner - Precision Hydration
Partner - Gococo
Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
Destination Partners
Utö Värdshus
Stockholm - Capital of Scandinavia
Haninge Kommun

Race description

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15K is open for anyone. The course covers most of the last and very emotional part of the grueling World Championship course.

A total distance of 15 km, with 10 runs and 9 swims. The longest swim is 1 150 metres. Some of the swims have side current. The runs are beautiful and tough; some on soft trail, some on cliffs, some on old country roads and some with a lot of people around. This race is magnificent. You have the same finish as the World Championship at Utö Värdshus.

You can race as a team or solo.

Short facts

Date: 2020-08-29
Country: Sweden
Total race distance: 14 590 m
Trail-running: 11 950 m
Run sections: 10
Swimming: 2 640 m
Swim sections: 9
Longest swim: 1 150 m
Longest run: 5 050 m
Total elevation: 49 m

Registration

Early bird fee
– Team € 130 / Solo € 70

(UP UNTIL 2020-05-07 13:59 CET)

Normal fee
– Team € 150 / Solo € 80

(UP UNTIL 2020-08-19  13:59 CET)

Late entry fee
– Team € 175 / Solo € 90

(UP UNTIL 2020-08-27 13:59 CET)

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About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint Final15K

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship is very difficult to get into and you need to be a very good team to manage the whole course. At the same time many people want to experience part of the original ÖTILLÖ course.

This is the reason behind the very beautiful ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Sprint Final 15K which covers the last and very emotional part of the grueling World Championship course. It starts on the island of Ornö and finishes on the island of Utö. This is a point-to-point race.

This sprint race is not easy but you do not have to go fast. We suggest that you have some previous racing experience.

The course has 10 runs and 9 swims with quite a bit of island-hoping. Some of the swims have side currents. This is without a doubt one of our best Sprint courses.

Read the full Race Directors Report »

Schedule

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

23:59 (Local time) Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ Final 15K race. Changes must be sent to support@race.se.

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

09:30 The regular ferry leaves from Årsta Brygga to Utö (Gruvbryggan)
09:45-10:45 Race registration in the Harbour at Utö Gruvbryggan. If you arrive with the ferry, go straight to the registration by the cafe on the right.
10:10 Ferry arrival Utö
10:45 Departure chartered ferry from Utö to Ornö. Race briefing on ferry.
12:15 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15K Team and Solo, Ornö
14:00 First Team/Solo across the finish line
15:00 Prize giving, Utö race tent
15:15 Last Team/Solo across the finish line
16:45 Regular ferry back to Årsta Brygga

Note: The regular ferry is not included in your entry fee (150 SEK round-trip). As some people are staying on Utö we can not go directly from Årsta to Ornö.

Race information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Final15K. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!

Final 15K race specific information
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Start lists for Final 15k

Here you will find all registered participants and start lists for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Final 15K 2020.

Sprint Team
Sprint Solo
Travel to Final 15K

The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest you fly to Stockholm.
From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Centre.

From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö. Use the travel planner in this link and put in Stockholm C as your departing station and Utö Gruvbryggan as your arrival station.

If you arrive by car there is a big parking lot at Årsta Brygga where the ferry to Utö, Gruvbryggan leaves from. Use the travel planner above to check the ferry times from Årsta Brygga.

The latest return ferry is at 16:45 from Utö. It leaves so that it matches the public bus on the other end that takes you to the train station.

Accommodation at Final 15K

Book your accommodation with Utö Värdshus, they have all types of living solutions for you.

There is also a camping area less than 1 km from the finish area.

Registration for Final 15K

The registration will be in the harbour at Gruvbryggan Utö between 09:45-10:45.

All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID and sign that you accept the rules. 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.

Energy stations at Final 15 K

We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.

  • Please eat and drink what is offered, do not take more as there are others behind you.
  • Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups.
  • From energy station 2 in the Sprint and energy station 3 in the World Series you will have to use your own collapsible cup or another solution you prefer.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
  • We will have energy bars from Crownhelth at the energy stations in all races.
  • Besides this we will have fruits and normal food.
  • 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.
Race briefing for Final 15K

The race briefing will be held on the ferry on the way to the start.

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 3 medics and 1 doctor 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 ”RED HUT” marked timing chip at the top of the hill before the event area.
SPECIAL NOTE:
  • You cannot wear a tow rope for the first run.
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.
Logistics to get to start for Final 15K

We will transport you to the Start in Lättinge Harbour, Ornö. Make sure you are on the ferry in time for departure.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before the start
  • Toilets are best used on-board
  • You can leave your bags for the Sprint on-board. We will transport them to the Finish area at Utö Värdshus
Cut offs for Final 15K

The ÖTILLÖ Final 15K does not have any cut-offs.

Media production for Final 15K

During each race we make a media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams. If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to pr@otilloswimrun.com

We will cover ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final15K LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live please spread the information to all your friends and family.
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. Please use them.

Weather for Final 15K

In the end of August we usually find late Swedish summer weather. But, it can be the start of autumn. Make sure you bring clothes to stay warm. It can be anything between 5 – 20 degrees C.
Water temperatures will be between 16- 18 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress with a good wool layer underneath your wetsuit and use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.
Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.
Salt water. The water in the Baltic has very low salinity. Some teams will even race without swim goggles.

Spectators, friends and families in Final 15K

We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events.

The course is very easy to follow by bicycle when the teams arrive on Utö North. These are available for rent in the harbour. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads, even though they have little traffic.

There is a restaurant right next to the event area. If you want to buy food there is plenty there.

ÖtillÖ general race information
Covid-19 final update
Entry pre-requisite
  • To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN (World series, Sprint and Experience race) you have to be at least 18 years old and able to swim.
  • Each racer needs to have a valid insurance for swimrun or sports similar to swimrun. Read more about the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Insurance here.
  • Your application is final and will not be reimbursed. Use your insurance if you have a medical issue.
  • It is allowed to change one team member of the same gender.
  • No external sales of your entry is allowed.
  • No entries can be deferred to another year.
  • No entries can be deferred to another race.
Included in the start pack

Experience

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person

Sprint

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person

World Series

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person
  • Post- race dinner voucher, 1 per person

We care for the environment and encourage you to reuse your Swim cap from our previous events. If you do not need the new one that you receive in the start package, please give it back at the registration.

Mandatory equipment

Mandatory equipment per team is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 1 Neoprene wetsuit per person suitable for the current water temperatures. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 2 Whistles, 1 per person
  • 2 Foldable cups/soft flasks or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations

Mandatory equipment in the Solo classes is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 1 Neoprene wetsuit suitable for the current water temperatures. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Foldable cup/soft flask or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations

Mandatory equipment that the organisation will supply:

  • Race bibs that must be worn visible all the time during the race
  • Swim caps that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Timing chips, 1 per person

Before start and at the finish line we will randomly select teams for a check of the mandatory equipment. If the teams are missing any of the equipment required, they will get a 15 minute time penalty per item.

Equipment that is not allowed:

  • The maximum size pull buoy that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is  32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. If you want to have more than one pull buoy the total size cannot exceed 32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm.
  • No wetsuits can be modified with paint or color that washes off in the water. This will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Swim fins are not allowed if the fin is longer than 15 cm. Measurement is from the toe to the end of the fin.
Basic rules
  • You must have read and understood the rules before you start
  • You race at your own risk.
  • The team has to stay together at all times. 10 meters apart is the maximum distance allowed.
  • The racers have to follow the marked route. If not, you can get time penalty or disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to get assistance from other people than the race organization during the race. Breach of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to throw trash along the course (The only places are at the energy stations). Breach of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • The gear that you have from the start has to be brought to the finish.
  • FINS – if you plan to use fins make sure that they comply to the new FIN RULE – which means they CANNOT be longer than 15 cm beyond your foot.
Trash

We will NOT accept ANY trash along the course. If you throw any trash outside of the provided bins at the energy stations we will disqualify you straight away. Make sure you know how to carry any trash between the different energy stations.

Race bib and timing chip

The system we use is a chip that you attach around your right ankle with a Velcro strap and when you pass the timing checkpoint 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. We can only guarantee that you will be registered if you carry the chip around your right ankle. It is important that you return your chip after the race. Non-returned chip will be charged 100 €.

  • Your race bib must be worn visible at all times
  • Your swim cap must be worn on all swims
  • Your timing chip must be worn on your right ankle at all times
Cups at ÖTILLÖ Races

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.

Race course & Safety

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.

Safety

  • 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 2 medics and 1 doctor on the course. We also have two stationary medical teams and medical assistance at the finish line
  • Communicate with race officials when help is needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip to the ÖTILLÖ tent by the Finish Line (from behind). Do not cross or go close to the finish line with it on.
Rental wetsuits

”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.

Rental sites:

  • 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.
Insurance

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 2019 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

The first two men, women and mixed teams where no team member already has a spot for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 will be awarded a spot. 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.

SIPE

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.

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