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A rustic beauty with single track forest trails, shoreline rock formations, and cliff jumps into the refreshing Colorado River. The perfect Texas-sized end to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun USA Season.

Why Austin?

Pace Bend Park is situated in the western part of Travis County, in the central Texas Hill Country. The park boasts over nine miles of shoreline along the picturesque Lake Travis, making it a popular destination for visitors seeking a wide range of recreational activities. The west side of the park features high limestone cliffs and numerous rocky coves, providing stunning views of Lake Travis, especially during sunset.

You can conveniently access most of Pace Bend Park by vehicle via the seven-mile, paved loop road. However, the interior of the park is a wildlife preserve and can only be accessed by foot, bicycle, or horseback. The park has several trails that lead into the hills, offering panoramic views of the lake and the Hill Country. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including whitetail deer, raccoons, foxes, ringtail cats, and numerous bird species.

Getting to Austin

Fly into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), rent a car, and drive about an hour northwest to Pace Bend Park. If you choose to stay overnight, use the time to check out the city. Good to know: The travel to Austin from Europe is simple and there are low-priced direct flights from many European airports.


Around Austin

The nature and natural preserves around Austin such as canyons, caverns, lakes and cliffs, are truly worth the distance to travel to see them. We recommend you trail running on cliff trails, camping in the mountains, mountain biking in the parks, and climbing rocks.

Race information Austin



  • It’s about 1 hour travel (42mi) from the airport to Pace Bend via car.


Pace Bend Park charges a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the park. Please be prepared to pay this whenever you are entering the park. If you are staying onsite you can let them know at the ticket booth and they should let you in free of charge.Pace Bend Park charges a fee of $10 per vehicle to enter the park. Please be prepared to pay this whenever you are entering the park. If you are staying onsite you can let them know at the ticket booth and they should let you in free of charge.

Parking is allowed in any of the parking lots within the Girl Scout Camp Area we hold the race. Please do not block the roads or course.

Camp Texlake
5700 Pace Bend Rd
Spicewood, TX 78669



The button/link below is a live google site map. It also contains the course maps for the event. If pulled up when onsite you will see where you are (blue dot) in relation to the items on the map.



Any lodging outside of Camp Texlake. We do not have any details on any lodging in Austin, between Austin and Pace Bend Park, or in Pace Bend Park outside Camp Texlake.


Stay onsite, steps from the race, at Camp Texlake. Staying onsite with us at Camp Texlake is super convenient and affordable. You can reserve your spot during registration or by going back in after you’ve signed up and adding it onto your registration. If you don’t know how to add it on after the fact CLICK HERE to learn more. Below are the details about staying at Camp Texlake.

A $60 reservation (per bed/person not per room) at Camp TexLake includes the following:

  • 1 Bed for Fri & Sat Night – Bring your own bedding (sheets or sleeping bag and pillow). THE $60 IS PER PERSON, not per room. There are a number of beds in a room. Please select the quantity you wish to reserve. Once the beds are all rented we will contact everyone to arrange the rooms in a way where family, friends, or at least same genders (if you end up in a room with someone you don’t know) are grouped together.
  • FREE Entry into the park – Normally $10 per day.
  • FREE Onsite parking.
  • Complimentary breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
  • Access to communal showers & restrooms.
  • Common area with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.


Here you can download a map to get an overview of the courses and the race area.


There are a handful of permanent structure restrooms located on the course but we do not bring any portable restrooms in for the event. There are nice indoor restrooms at the start/finish area

Bag drop
You can leave your bag with essentials in the back half of the mess hall by the Start & Finish area. The bag drop is not guarded.


All finishers will have access to post race food and drink near the finish line area inside the building behind the start/finish line.


Registration will be held onsite at the dining hall behind the start/finish line and post race area.

Camp Texlake
5700 Pace Bend Rd
Spicewood, TX 78669


  • We have 1-day of packet pickup, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM the day before, each of our races.
  • Packet Pickup the day before is MANDATORY
  • You can book the race morning packet pickup for $20 during registration to have your packet ready in the dining hall behind the start/finish line the morning of the race. Specific instructions will also be sent out within 24-hours of the race to those the select this option with details of where to go and how to claim your packet on race morning.
    You can login to your RSU account after you’ve registered and add this on as long as you are doing so at least 2-weeks before the race. Please visit our HOW-TO section of our website to learn how to do this if you don’t know how.
  • ***NEW*** You may pickup the packet for someone else. Teammates DO NOT have to pickup their packet together. All that’s required is their QR code for their entry that’s sent out the week of the race, a photo/copy of their photo ID and a text or email granting your permission to do so.
  • You MUST have a valid government issued photo ID of some kind to pickup your packet.
  • You DO NOT have to show a valid USAT membership card.
  • Please have the QR code we send you ready for scanning. It makes for a faster moving line.
  • Those who rented wetsuits as an add-on to their registration may pick them up at packet pickup. Please return the wetsuits once you cross the finish line on race day.
  • Your Mandatory Gear is not checked at packet pickup but we do perform random gear checks during the event and anyone found without the mandatory gear is disqualified.
  • We sell merchandise at all our packet pickups and at the finish line the day of the race.


The following items should be in your bag when you leave packet pickup:

  • Apparel Item
  • Silicone Swim Cap (must wear during race)
  • Custom Number Bib (matching numbers per team – singlet style – must wear during race)
  • Timing Chip & Ankle Strap (1 per team & solo – It does not matter who wears it or what ankle it goes on but it must be returned at the end of the race)
  • Rest Tube – Solo Athletes Only (must be returned at the end of the race)




Mandatory YouTube Race Briefing (2023)

We will have a hydrations station stocked with one cooler of water and one cooler of electrolyte water. The electrolyte water has little to no calories. Additionally each station will have a bucket of gels. Please do not “stock up” on gels taking more than you need to use in that immediate moment. If you need to have more hydration and nutrition than we provide please plan ahead and carry it on you. We recommend at least carrying a soft silicone hydration flask you can fill with liquid at each station and carry with you or at least a silicone collapsible cup. Some stations may have snacks and/or sandwiches as well.

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (X) cut-off. This is for your safety:

  • Time 2 – Kårholmen at 13:55

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has two (X) cut-offs. This is for your safety:

  • Time 4 – Styrsö Sandvik at 13:50
  • Time 5 – Kårholmen at 15:00

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.

In the unlikely event of bad weather (lightning, flooding, hurricane force winds, etc) we will delay 20-minutes at a time until the weather clears. If the weather does not clear we will assess the situation 20-minutes at a time (on-going) and decide what necessary steps need to be taken to still have the event, in some fashion, whether it’s a shortened distance, or just a run. We do NOT want to alter or cancel part of or all of the event but we will do what is necessary to ensure the safety of our athletes. Please know that whatever is decided in a bad weather situation it is with your best interest in mind.



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

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

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 [email protected].

We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Austin LIVE on, please spread the information to all your friends and family.
We will also use #otilloaustin 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.


  • To be announced


  • Refunds
  • Solo Athlete-to-Athlete or Full Team-to-Team Transfers


All of what is shown below may be done within your RunSignup account by logging in and managing your account. If you do not know how please reference our How-To section of our website by CLICKING HERE.

  • Next year deferrals (30% deferral fee applies at time of new registration the following year). You MUST complete your own deferral within your RunSignup account AND email us the following year when you wish to register.
  • Participants may swap out a teammate if needed although one original teammate must always remain on the team.
  • Participants may switch distances at any time, if they switch from short to long the difference is paid within RunSignup. If they switch from long to short, the difference is not refunded.
  • Participants may also switch from one team entry to two solo entries to split up a team.

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