ötillö Swimrun World Championship

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August 31st, 2020, 15th anniversary

ÖTILLÖ is the jewel in the crown. It is the mother of all swimruns and the origin of the sport.
ÖTILLÖ is considered to be one of the most prestigeous endurance races in the world.

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun
World Championship

Welcome to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

August 31st, 2020, 15th anniversary

ÖTILLÖ is the jewel in the crown. It is the mother of all swimruns and the origin of the sport. ÖTILLÖ is considered to be one of the most prestigeous endurance races in the world.

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
Djurönäset

Race description

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship is the jewel in the crown. It is the mother of all swimruns and the origin of the sport. ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship is considered to be one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world.

Short facts

Date: 2020-08-31
Country: Sweden
Total race distance: 74 680 m
Trail-running: 65 135 m
Run sections: 24
Swimming: 9 545 m
Swim sections: 23
Longest swim: 1 750 m
Longest run: 19 700 m

About ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

ÖTILLÖ is the original swimrun race, it is The Swimrun World Championship. To finish the ÖTILLÖ course from dawn to dusk, the competitors must be very fit and they must be very fast in and out of the water as there are 46 transitions. The teams swim between the 24 islands and run over them. The total distance is 75 kilometres of which 10 km are open-water swimming and 65 km are trail-running.

The start at Sandhamn is mythical and the finish at Utö Värdshus on Utö is like coming to Nirvana. There are spectator spots and food stations at some well-known restaurants on the islands along the way. There are safety boats, medical staff and race marshalls on the course to try to guarantee everyones safety.

The Baltic is the life lung of the Stockholm Archipelago, we work with environmental groups to create awareness about the need for a clean Baltic.

Read the full Race Directors Report »

Schedule for the weekend

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

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

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

14:00 Buses leave Stockholm City
15:00 Buses arrive Djurönäset, hotel check-in opens
15:00-16:30 MANDATORY Race registration must be completed before the race meeting
17:00 MANDATORY Race meeting in the big, confrence room to the left of the reception – Djurönäset
18:00-19:15 Dinner teams 70 - 82, 301 - 350, 401 - 426
19:15-21:00 Dinner Teams: all others

Monday, August 31st, 2020 – Race day

03:45 Breakfast opens
04:30 Start loading ferries
04:45 FERRY LEAVES FROM DJURÖNÄSET TO START - bring all your belongings
05:30 Bags on ferry at Sandhamn
05:40 Racers ready at start line
05:50-06:10 Start
15:30-23:00 Post race banquet at Utö Värdshus
20:00 Prize giving
21:30 Monday Night ferry and bus to Stockholm City

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

06:30 Breakfast at Utö Värdshus
08:30 Ferry leaves from Utö Gruvbryggan
11:45 Ferry arrives at Strömkajen, Stockholm City

Race information

Here you´ll find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship. Please read this throughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race. Good luck and have fun!

World Championship race specific information
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Anti doping

Our responsibility as founders of the sport is to try to keep swimrun racing fair and clean.

As part of this quest we have teamed up with IDTM to do anti-doping tests during the year. Please makes sure you read all the information below so you are aware of what is going on, what your responsibility is and how we will proceed.

Thank you for being part of keeping the sport clean.

Download our anti doping policy

Start lists for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

Here you will find all registered participants and start lists for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020.

Men
Women
Mixed
Travel to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship is between the island of Sandhamn and the island of Utö in the Stockholm archipelago. We suggest you fly to Stockholm.

Travel to the start hotel

On August 30th we have chartered buses to take you to Djurönäset where all teams register and sleep the night before the race.
The buses LEAVE at 14:00 CET from the Stockholm Central bus station Cityterminalen. In the bus station you will find ÖTILLÖ on the departure board to be able to find the berth that they leave from and you will see ÖTILLÖ STAFF wearing staff vests.
The buses are only for racers and for those who have bought Spectator packages.
Make sure that you are on time. The buses can be loaded from 13:45 and will not wait.

Return to Stockholm

There are two different chartered ferries to return with; Monday evening at 21:30 to Årsta Brygga or Tuesday morning at 08:30 with a ferry straight to Stockholm City (Strömkajen), arrival at no later than 11:45.

Monday night ferry

On Monday after the race we will have a ferry leaving Utö at 21:30 to Årsta Brygga. It will connect with a bus to Stockholm Central Station. If you have a morning flight or want to get back to the mainland on Monday evening this will be your only option to make it.
The Monday night ferry MUST be booked before- hand. It is of course free to you as a racer. Please email info@otilloswimrun.com no later than August 23rd and tell us if you would like to travel back with this ferry. Please include your BIB no. in the email.

Accommodation at ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

In your race fee the accommodation is included for the start hotel, Sunday night at Djurönäset and the finish hotel at Utö. Two dinners and two breakfasts are also included. When you arrive at Djurönäset you can get your room key in the reception. They will only know your team number so make sure you know what number you have from the start list.

At Djurönäset you stay in a very nice hotel room. At Utö you have a bed in varied types of accommodation.

Registration at ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

The registration will be at Djurönäset in HOUSE 6 on Sunday, August 30th 15:00-16:30.
All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID 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.

Race briefing at ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

The race briefing is mandatory for all racers. It is at 5 pm in the Congress Hall next to the reception at Djurönäset. Make sure you are there a couple of minutes ahead as we will start at 5 pm sharp.

At the race briefing you will get your time slot for having dinner, info about the morning ferry and about breakfast.

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.
Cut offs ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World championship

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship has five (5) cut offs:

  • Time 4 at 09:00
  • Time 8 at 11:15
  • Time 11 at 14:00
  • Time 13 at 15:30
  • Time 15 at 18:00

These are for your safety and for the safety of the organisation. Please respect these and our staff if you get taken off. You will not finish before dark unless you manage the times.

Media production ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

We will be producing a massive LIVE WEBCAST from 05:45 – 18:00 during the race which your friends and family can follow on facebook and/ or youtube.

We will also have a LIVE page where you can follow a leaderboard and all our social media plattforms funneled to one place. Please make sure you share these plattforms with your friends and family.

Please also use and follow the hashtag #otillo so you can find everything that is being posted in twitter and instagram.

If you have any newspapers, magazines or media contacts that want to write about your race please contact Josefine as she is coordinating all PR with text, images and news cuts.

After the race you will find images of your racing that you are free to share on our flickr page and you will find the Official video one week after the race on our Youtube and facebook page.

If you want to share your training and race data we would love to look at it on our Strava.

Weather ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

As you realize we cannot predict weather. Over the last two years we have had both extremes. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

If you want to check the weather conditions in real time you can find the info here. Note: the Utö water temperature will be similar to the Sandhamn water temperature.

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 at ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events. Please go to SPECTATORS on the website and book a Spectator package. There is no other way if you want to be part of the whole experience.

NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.

Spectator Information

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship is a fantastic race to follow as friends or family. However, as the course is a point-to-point race and that we have booked all existing accommodation it is very hard to follow on your own. Therefore we have arranged two spectators packages for you. You can buy them from the link below.

  • Complete Package – SEK 6 300 SEK (SEK 1 260 VAT included)
    Take part of a majority of what the participants go through. A package that covers transfer and accommodation Sunday – Tuesday
  • Finish Line Package – SEK 1 000 (SEK 200 VAT included)
    Follow the teams across the finish line. Included in the price are dinner buffet and transfer to Stockholm from Utö

Buy your Spectator package here »
From July 15th, 2020

Chartered ferries

There are two different chartered ferries to return to Stockholm with. One is on Monday evening at 21:30 from Utö, to a waiting bus at Årsta Brygga, which will take you to Stockholm City Terminal with an arrival time at about 23:30 on Monday night.
The second is Tuesday morning at 08:30 from Utö with an arrival in Stockholm City at no later than 11:45. We suggest that you do not book your return flight for earlier than Tuesday late afternoon. If you have an earlier flight you should take the Monday night ferry.

Buy your ferry tickets here »
From July 15th, 2020

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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