Welcome to ÖTILLÖ Experience Utö
The birthplace of Swimrun
May 21st, 2022
The start of the Swedish Swimrun season and a tribute to the origin of the sport. Utö and its surrounding islands will provide the scene for great swimrun races along magical trails and protected open-water swims.
The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience course on Utö is great. It has several short swim and running sections and you get a real taste of what swimrun is like in the Stockholm archipelago.
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 on Utö.
About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö
Utö is where the whole swimrun movement started and where the late night bet which became ÖTILLÖ was made.
It is an island in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago almost 90 minutes from Stockholm. Utö has a small year-round population and a great hotel, Utö Värdshus – our home away from home.
Utö used to be a mining community in the turn of the last century where Iron ore and Lithium was mined. You can still see the remnants of this old community in the buildings around Utö Värdshus.
The nature is very typical the Stockholm Archipelago. Beautiful pine tree forests, the landscape formed by the Ice age with soft granite towards the North and broken off faces to the South and with a coast line with lots of inlets and small islands. The land is constant up and down, technical trails and incredible views. The island of Utö is connected with the island of Ålö to the South where you feel alone. If you get a chance to run on the East coast of the island going North from Utö Värdshus you are up for one of our favorite runs in the world.
In the beginning of the summer you can feel summer coming on; flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the trees are coming to life after a long winter.
Schedule for the weekend - this is the 2021 schedule for reference
Thursday, May 19th, 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 email@example.com.|
Saturday, May 21st, 2022
|09:20||Charter ferry departure from Årsta brygga|
|10:00||Charter ferry arrives Gruvbryggan|
|10:15-11:15||Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience|
|12:00||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team Men|
|12:05||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Solo|
|12:10||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team Mixed|
|12:15||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team Women|
|12:20||Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo|
|13:20||First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line|
|13:45||First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line|
|13:40-13:55||Sprint cut-off at Utö Harbour - Time 3|
|15:50||Last teams across the finish line|
|17:00||ARK SOULS CLINIC. Tips and gear tricks for the race. Open for anyone. Meet up at the ARK BOX.|
|17:30||#cleantheocean activity – One-hour joint trash search and collect from the race tents|
Sunday, May 22nd, 2022
|07:30||Charter ferry departure from Årsta Brygga|
|08:10||Charter ferry arrives Utö Gruvbryggan|
|08:10-08:50||Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series Men|
|09:30||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Men|
|10:15-10:45||Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo|
|11:20||Charter ferry departure from Årsta Brygga|
|11:30||Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo|
|12:00||Charter ferry arrives Utö Gruvbryggan|
|12:00-12:45||Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series Women & Mixed|
|12:30-19:30||After-race meal, World Series|
|12:50||World Series Men cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 5|
|13:10||Sprint cut-off at Utö Harbour - Time 3|
|13:30||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Women|
|14:00||Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Mixed|
|14:00||World Series Men cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 7|
|16:00||Charter ferry departure from Gruvbryggan to Årsta Brygga|
|16:50||World Series Women cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 5|
|17:20||World Series Mixed cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 5|
|18:00||World Series Women cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 7|
|18:30||World Series Mixed cut-off at Utö Norra - Time 7|
|18:40||Charter ferry departure from Gruvbryggan to Årsta Brygga|
|19:00||Last World Series teams across the finish line|
|19:50||Regular ferry departure from Gruvbryggan to Årsta Brygga|
Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!
Utö race specific information
As you get off the ferry at Utö Gruvbryggan you will see the race area to the left by the big white tent. There you will find signs indicating where you need to go for a spread-out registration.
Changing rooms, toilets and showers
You can choose to get changed where you want.
In the harbor there are big changing rooms. There you can find toilets and showers too.
Behind the big, white tent you will find 15 portaloos as well.
You can put your bag in the big bike rental shed to the South of the Start. Make sure you take your bag and not someone else’s when you collect it. NOTE: It is not guarded.
At Utö there are several restaurants which you can use. On Sunday the racers in the World Series will have a “take away” kiosk between the big, white tent and the mini-golf course.
The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest that you fly to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and from there you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Central Station. From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö.
Use this travel planner and put 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 form.
We have chartered additional ferries between Årsta Brygga and Utö Gruvbryggan on both race days to make sure that everyone will be able to travel to and from Utö. Please use the chartered and the regular ferries to fit your schedule. Use the travel planner above to check the regular ferry times from Årsta Brygga.
Please see the chartered ferry schedule below:
Saturday June 19th
09:20 Årsta Brygga, arrival Utö Gruvbryggan at 10:00
Sunday June 20th
07:30 Årsta Brygga, arrival Utö Gruvbryggan at 08:10
(primarily for the men teams. When they all have a spot anyone else can get on.)
11:20 Årsta Brygga, arrival Utö Gruvbryggan at 12:00
16:00 Utö Gruvbryggan, arrival Årsta Brygga 16:40
18:40 Utö Gruvbryggan, arrival Årsta Brygga 19:20
All chartered ferry transports are 100 SEK and you pay on-board.
Please follow the general health guidelines by keeping distance and by wearing a face mask on public transportation.
Plan to be at Årsta brygga on time as there will be a lot of people wanting to travel out to the Archipelago on a sunny day.
Book your accommodation with Utö Värdshus, they have all types of living solutions for you. The beds will run out so we recommend you to make your booking as soon as possible.
There is also a camping area less than 1 km from the start.
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.
Energy Schedule World Series
- Time 2 – Bananas, dried fruit, nötcreme
- Time 3 – Cold pizza, bananas, dried fruit, nötcreme
- Time 5 & Time 7 – Cold boiled salted potatoes, vegan rawcakes, bananas, Kexchoklad
Energy Schedule Sprint & Experience
- Time 3 – Bananas, dried fruit, nötcreme
- Time 5 – Bananas, Kexchoklad
- Finish – Mini wraps
Please make sure that you come to the Registration at the time given to your team, see the time slots in the schedule above.
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.
During the 2021 season we will have a general online briefing for each distance. This will be available on our Youtube from June 17th. 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.
The start for all races is at Utö Harbour. Make sure to be there on-time.
- You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
- Toilets are available next to the start line
- You can leave your bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so if you have any valuables, please bring a lock to your bag.
The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. This is for your safety:
- TIME 3 at Utö Harbour
13:40-13:55 Saturday (1:40 after each start time)
The ÖTILLÖ World Series has two (2) cut-offs. This is for your safety:
- TIME 5 at Utö Norra
12:50 ÖTILLÖ World Series Men
16:50 ÖTILLÖ World Series Women
17:20 ÖTILLÖ World Series Mixed
- TIME 7 at Utö Norra
14:00 ÖTILLÖ World Series Men
18:00 ÖTILLÖ World Series Women
18:30 ÖTILLÖ World Series Mixed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Utö LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillouto 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 end of May you can feel summer coming on; flowers are blooming, the grass is green and the trees are coming to life after a long winter. As the race courses are super intense we do not expect you to be cold.
Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this. The water in the Baltic has very low salinity, some teams will even race without swim goggles.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we will not allow any spectators in the finish area or along the race course at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö.
The local regulations apply when it comes to gatherings.
ÖTILLÖ general race information
COVID-19 UPDATE September 14, 2021
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 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.
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.
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.