ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes

Racer information 2019
Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
Destination partner
  • Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Dryrobe

Racer information

Here you´ll find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes World Series, Sprint and Experience. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors

Mats Skott
+46 (0) 735 25 97 01

Michael Lemmel
+46 (0) 735 25 97 02


Tuesday, September 17th 2019
23:59 Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Thursday, September 19th 2019
23:59 Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races.
Friday, September 20th 2019
16:00 #cleantheocean activity, one-hour joint “trash search and collect” from Race tents.
Saturday, September 21st 2019
09:00 – 10:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Race tents, Rheinsberg
10:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience, for all racers – Race tents, Rheinsberg
11:00 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo
11:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo
12:30 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
13:00 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
14:40 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Race tents, Rheinsberg
16:00 – 17:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Race tents, Rheinsberg
17:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Race tents, Rheinsberg
Sunday, September 22nd 2019
08:45 Buses leave for the start line. RACERS ONLY
10:00 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series 1000 Lakes
11:40 Race cut-off at Time 3
14:30 First team close to finish line
15:30 Race cut-off at Time 7
16:00-20:00 Race banquet in Rheinsberg
18:00 Last team across the finish line
18:15 Prize giving in Rheinsberg


ÖTILLÖ 1000 lakes is in the beautiful Mecklenburger Seenplatte in Germany, an area of more than 3000 fresh water lakes just 70 km north of Berlin. The race HQ and finish line is in Rheinsberg, by the church. We suggest you fly to Berlin Tegel airport. From the airport there are several travel options either by rental car or train. The train ride to Rheinsberg from Berlin takes about 1,5 hours. You can buy tickets here

More information about Rheinsberg and the Mecklenburg Lake District at www.1000seen.de


There is lots of different accommodation options in Rheinsberg. From the most expensive hotels to apartments or youth hostels. We recommend you to book your accommodation as soon as possible if you want a room in Rheinsberg, it is a busy period and rooms will run out. Please send an email request for your hotel booking to tourist-information@rheinsberg.de.


The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be in the event tent at the square by the church in Rheinsberg.

  • Registration for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, 21th, at 08:30 – 10:00
  • Registration for the World Series event – Please register as early as possible. Saturday, September 21th, 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 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.

Included in the start pack


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



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



  • Safety buoy to be returned



  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • 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
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 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
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 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
  • 1 Map
  • Timing chips, 1 per person
  • SPECIAL GEAR FOR SOLO: 1 safety buoy

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 not be allowed to start or disqualified from the race.

Equipment that is not allowed:

  • The maximum size flotation that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is 40 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.

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 Hvar — April 6–7, 2019. Last day for booking April 1
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö — May 18–19, 2019. Last day for booking May 13
  • ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly — June 8–9, 2019. Last day for booking June 3
  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 6–7, 2019. Last day for booking July 1
  • ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 31, 2019. Last day for booking August 26
  • ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes — September 21–22, 2019. Last day for booking September 16
  • ÖTILLÖ Cannes — October 19–20, 2019. Last day for booking October 14

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

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be in the event tent at the square by the church in Rheinsberg. By the finish line. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, September 21st, at 10:00
  • Briefing for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, September 21st, at 17:30

During the race briefing for the World Series, drinks and finger food will be served.

Logistics to get to start

The start for the Sprint- & Experience race is the same as the FINISH LINE at the Square by the church in Rheinsberg. Make sure to be there on-time. The Start of the World Series race is in the Burg in Wesenberg. We have an organised bus transport to take you there – ONLY FOR RACERS. 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.


  • Sprint and Experience– By the Curch, Rheinsberg
  • World Series – The burg in Wesenberg

Logistic map of Rheinsberg

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint 1000 Lakes have one cut-off.

  • TIME 2 at 12:40 

The ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes World Series have two (2) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • TIME 3 at 11:40
  • TIME 7 at 15:30

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.

Energy stations

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.
  • In all our races you will find energy bars from Crownhealth.
  • Besides this we will have fruits, candy, bread and potatoes.
  • 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.

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 at the race registration.

Race course

If the race organization feels that 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.


  • 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.


  • You cannot wear a tow rope before you get to the first swim.


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.

Basic rules

Basic rules, make sure you understand as we will enforce them.

  • 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 metres 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 have assistance from other people than the race organization. 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.


  • Do not swim in the SPRINT or EXPERIENCE COURSE during the SPRINT Race.


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.

Media production

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 1000 Lakes World Series LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillo1000lakes 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 September, day time temperatures are usually around 15 degrees C.

Water temperatures will be between 13 - 18 degrees C. 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.

Spectators, friend and families

We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events. The course is very easy to follow by bicycle. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads. See otilloswimrun.com/races/1000-lakes/spectators/ for good spots.

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 Qualification

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes will award 6 spots to ÖTILLÖ 2020, The Swimrun World Championship. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2020. The spots will be awarded as below:

  • 2 men
  • 2 mixed
  • 2 women If any spots are not awarded they belong to the race organization.

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 2019

Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship in 2019. 

The winning team in each category will be honored at the last World Series event of the year.

We have changed the point distribution for 2019. 

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.

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green