ötillö Swimrun Experience Hvar

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The smell of rosemary in the hills, the extremely clear, salty water in the combination
with the whispers of history makes this an exceptional race to experience swimrun.

A tribute to the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun Experience Hvar

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience Hvar

A tribute to the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean

Date: TBD

The smell of rosemary in the hills, the extremely clear, salty water in the
combination with the whispers of history makes this an exceptional race to experience swimrun.

International Partners

Partner - Vivo Barefoot

Partner ARK

Timing Partner
Partner - Precision Hydration
Partner - Gococo
Destination Partners
Partner Hvara
Partner Turisticka Hvara
Partner Suncani Hotels
Partner InCroatia 2019

Race description

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience in Hvar is perfect for someone who wants an exceptional first swimrun experience. The water is so clear that it feels like flying, the runs are easy yet with great views and varied terrain. The start and finish is in the centre of the beautiful town of Hvar with lots of people cheering you on. This is fun for real.

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 the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience in Hvar.

Short facts

Country: Croatia
Total race distance: 8 300 m
Trail-running: 6 900 m
Run sections: 6
Swimming: 1 400 m
Swim sections: 5
Longest swim: 500 m
Longest run: 3 700 m
Total elevation: 93 m

Hvar Sprint
Hvar World Series

About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar

Hvar – one of the most beautiful islands in the world – is an ideal location for a race in the Mediterranean. Croatia and Hvar is a “dream come true” location. We are proud to welcome you to ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar.
The island is magnificent, surrounded by emerald-colored seas and the exceptional Paklinski islands to the south. Hvar is just one hour off the mainland city of Split which makes the ferry ride a perfect place to relax into the island vibe.

Rosemary, lavender, wine, more than a 2000-year old history; just simply, a unique place for a unique race.

The weather in the shoulder months is perfect for swimrun with water temperatures between 15 – 17 degrees and about 20 degrees in the air. In the sun it will get hot and you will really have to think about your heat management on the long runs. The water is salty so you will have very good buoyancy, however it adds a bit of chafing. Like everything in swimrun; there is always two sides to the coin.

If you have energy left for the closing party you will experience the fantastic local food with locally grown produce. The local wines are superb. Did you know that the local Plavac grape is the mother of Syrah/Zinfandel?

Read the full Race Directors Report »

Schedule for the weekend - this is the 2019 schedule for reference

Thursday, November 5th, 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 support@race.se.

Friday, November 6th, 2020

16:00 Event with ARKsouls. Get help with the last preparations for the race - Bonj below Amfora Hotel
18:00 #cleantheocean activity - One-hour joint trash search and collect from Hvar main square

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

09:00-10:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Amfora hotel
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo - Hvar Main square
12:25 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
12:40 Sprint CUT-OFF at Miće Marchija
13:10 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:00 Last Sprint racers across the finish line
15:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint - Hvar Main square
16:00-17:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Amfora hotel

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

09:15 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Hvar Main square
11:00 Race cut-off at Point Pelegrin, Time 2
14:15 First team across the finish line
14:15 Race cut-off at Hvar Main Square, Time 6
16:05 Race cut-off at Milna, Time 8
17:30 Last team across the finish line
17:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series - Hvar Main square
18:30-20:30 Closing dinner for ÖTILLÖ World Series - Amfora hotel

Race information

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

Hvar race specific information
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Start lists for Hvar

Here you will find all registered participants and start lists for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2020.

World Series
Travel to Hvar

The best way to get to the Island of Hvar is to fly to Split, Croatia. From Split Airport you take a 30-minute bus ride or taxi to the harbour where there are daily ferries to the Island of Hvar.

Make sure you take the ferry to Town of Hvar and not Stari Grad.
The Jadrolinija ferry leaves every day at 09:30 and the ride takes 65 minutes. The ferry back to Split on Monday leaves at 12:30.

The Krilo ferry leaves four times every day, 07:40, 09:30, 16:00 and 17:00, the ride takes 50 minutes. The ferry back to Split on Monday leaves at 11:00, 14:35, 18:30 and 19:50.

Accommodation in Hvar

In Hvar we have a fantastic hotel partner, Suncani Hvar. They have put together the best deal in town for all of you at the beautiful Hotel Amfora. Breakfast is included in the price and an additional dinner package is available for those who wants. You are of course free to look around but we think it is a deal hard to beat. The hotel deal at Hotel Amfora is of course for all spectators as well.

Hotel Amfora
Single: € 67/night
Double: € 42/person/night
Dinner extra: € 15/person
Room rates including breakfast
Insert the promo code into the corporate/promo area: OSR2020

Social Friday in Hvar

On the Friday before the race we will have several social activities that are open for you, your friends and your family.At 11 am we will together with local school children go out on some of the beaches and collect garbage together. Some of this will be sorted right away as ”useful garbage”.

At 2 pm a local artist, Mark Boellaard will have a workshop at Fabrika 35 on how to make the ”useful garbage” into art installations. He calls his work ”assemplage” – check out his instagram @markboellaard for inspiration.

At 4 pm we together with ARK and Vivobarefoot will host a Social swimrun. Starting on the beach below Hotel Amfora. NOTE: This is not to perform; it is to have fun and to bring your families and friends into the sport.

At 6:30 pm we can all meet up for a social drink and finger food at the ”roof top” bar at Hotel Adriana in the harbor.

Energy stations at Hvar

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 Hvar

The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Amfora Hotel.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, November 7th, 09:00-10:30
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, November 7th, 16:00-17:30

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.

Race briefing in Hvar

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.

15 minutes before each start there will be a final update by the start line.
Logistics to get to start in Hvar

The start for all three races is at the city main square in Hvar. 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 on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so do not leave any valuables.
Cut offs in Hvar

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. These are for your safety:

  • Road crossing Miće Marchija at 12:40

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

  • TIME 2 at 11:00
  • TIME 6 at 14:15
  • TIME 8 at 16:05

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 Hvar

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 Hvar LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otilloHvar 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 Hvar

In the end of March and the beginning of April the spring has started in Croatia 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 16 – 17 degrees C.

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

The water in Hvar is salty, this has an advantage as you will have more flotation, 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 Hvar

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.

We strongly suggest that you take the time to enjoy Hvar and bring your friends and family to enjoy a long weekend or the week with you. The hotel deal at Hotel Amfora is of course for them as well.

As the course passes through the town centre 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 Hvar - 2019