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It’s not just Hollywood that feels at home in Cannes. This city is perfect for an ÖTILLÖ Swimrun in autumn. You will be surprised by the varied racecourses. The beautiful city of Cannes offers a great venue of urban sections and fantastic nature.

Why Cannes?

Welcome to one of Europe’s most famous cities. Cannes is the perfect place to race in late autumn. Our huge French community, the warm summer temperatures and the magnificent race area on the beach made for a great atmosphere for the Swimrun season finale!

Our most varied race course features urban sections, runs through the hills of Cannes and technically challenging single trails with amazing views and beautiful swims in clear water. It is a truly unique race in a special and totally different environment from other ÖTILLÖ races. Not surprisingly, it proved to be the most popular event last year, with around 800 participants at the start line.

Getting to cannes

Getting to Cannes is very easy and there are plenty of accommodation options. The train station in Cannes has connections from all over Europe. If you’re travelling from further away, Nice and Marseille both have airports with excellent train connections to Cannes.

For more details about your journey and accomodation, see race information.

Around cannes

Escape the oncoming cold and enjoy some last summer days with leisurely strolls along the Promenade de la Croisette, exploring the historic district of Le Suquet and tasting local cuisine in cosy restaurants. The charm of the French Riviera will make you fall in love with its beautiful beaches and create unforgettable memories. Cannes is perfect for all kinds of sporting activities, whether it is hiking, cycling, water sports or playing volleyball on the beach.

Average water temperature: 20 °C

Race information

Cannes is ideal from a travel perspective. There is a train station in town with connections to all of Europe. Within 30 minutes you have Nice airport in the East and Marseille within 90 minutes to the West.

Sprint & Experience race

The start for the Sprint- & Experience race is the same as the Finish line on the Zamenhof public beach (Bd de la Croisette).

World Series race

The Start of the World Series race is on Île de Ste Marguerite. You will have to take the chartered ferry to the start. The ferry leaves at 08:00 from La Capitainerie, Port Canto. We recommend that you are by the ferry at least 15 minutes before departure. The ferry will not wait for anyone.

As last year, we have put together an attractive offer for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes with the Hotel Juliana. The Juliana Hotel Cannes is in the immediate vicinity of the starting area. Juliana Hotel Cannes (4*), with 165 rooms and suites, has been finely refurbished to celebrate the golden Cannes era of the 60’s and 70’s – such fine creative years.

Located only 300 meters from the Croisette, the hotel is ideally situated near the port, the shopping district and Cannes’ most stylish international beach, for all Cannes lovers. For all participants of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes the Juliana Hotel is offering special rates.

  • Standard single room 120 EUR
  • Standard double room 140 EUR
  • Single deluxe room 190 EUR
  • Deluxe double room 210 EUR

These prices are only valid from 9th until 13th October

Prices are per room and include breakfast, excl. tourist tax

Garage and parking 25 EUR per day.

Please send an email to the hotel with the subject «ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes», email: [email protected]

The following information must be included in the email:

  • Name
  • Date of Arrival & Departure
  • Mail
  • Phone
  • Number of people (pax).

The Hotel will send a payment link to finalize the reservation.

Deadline is 8th October 2024 

Race area
The race area is on the Zamenhof – plage (public beach), on the Croisette.

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

Start & Finish
The start and finish for the Sprint and Experience races are on the public beach Zamenhof plage on the Croisette. The start for the World Series race is in the Fort on île Ste Marguerite and the race finishes at the public beach Zamenhof plage. We kindly ask all our World Series racers to take only one small bag/ person to the start on île Ste Marguerite for logistic reasons.

Changing rooms, toilets and showers
There are a few toilets, showers and changing rooms by the finish line.

Bag drop
For the Sprint & Experience, you can leave a small bag on the beach by the start.

For the World Series, you can bring a small bag/person to the start, which we will bring to the finish line for you.

Mark your bag well. The bag drop is not guarded.

There will be a small snack served for all racers after the races at the beach.

Drinks will be available for purchase.

Prize givings
The prize givings will be done by the finish line according to the schedule.

As Cannes is the last race of the year, we will do a big merchandising sale in the start/finish area and when registering at the Hotel Juliana on Friday. According to experience, many items and sizes might already be sold out, so the first ones to arrive will find the largest selection of items and sizes.

Registration will take place at the Juliana Hotel (14 Av. de Madrid, 06400 Cannes). Follow the signs in the lobby to get there. All racers have to come to registation to collect the start pack.

To receive your start pack you will have to display your photo-ID and your personal QR-Code that you will receive via email two days before the start. If you race in a team, both team members need to come to the bib distribution together. 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.

According to French law you must bring and display 1 doctors certificate per person at the race registration, you can also upload the certificate when entering the race. See example file for ÖTILLÖ Cannes Medical Certificate.

If you have a Federation license you do not need a medical certificate. Please provide us with a copy of your license, not older than 1 year.

During the 2024 season we have a general online briefing for all races.
You can find the race briefing here.

15 minutes before each start there will be a short race specific update at the start line.

At registration at each destination one of the Race Directors will be present to answer questions.


Before start we will randomly select teams and solo racers for a check of the mandatory equipment. If the athletes are missing any of the equipment required, they will not be allowed to start.

We will have energy (salty and sweet) and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course maps and in the Times & Distance documents.

We will serve…

  • + products of our official partner Umara
    • Sports drink: U Sport in lemon flavor
    • Bars: U Bar, a gluten free energy bar in assorted flavors
    • Gels: U Gel in assorted flavors
  • + fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
  • + water and if cold weather we will also provide warm liquid.

We will publish a detailed plan of the energy stations approx. 3 weeks before the event.

We do not have paper cups at the energy stations, use your collapsible cup or soft flask to drink from.

If you bring your own gels, than please carry it in your wetsuit. Do not throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience have one (1) cut-off.

  • TIME 2 at 11.30

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs.

  • TIME 3 at 12:00
  • TIME 4 at 12:55
  • TIME 7 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.

Autumn in Cannes is beautiful with warm temperatures and sun. Day time temperatures are usually around 20 degrees C.

Water temperatures will be between 17 – 21 degrees C. Make sure you dress accordingly.

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

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

The courses are very easy to follow by bicycle or by foot and the whole World Series course is very accessible as soon as the racers arrive on the mainland.

Spots not to miss: Le Suquet.

Friends & Family who want to see the World Series start on the île Ste Marguerite have the possibility to going there with the regular ferry from the harbour in Cannes. Not from where the racer ferry leaves.
The regular ferry leaves at 07:30 and you will be able to meet the racers as they arrive on the island and you will be able to see the start and some racing before you go back.
Timetable and all information is found here:

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 Cannes World Series LIVE on, please spread the information to all your friends and family.

We will also use #otilloCannes 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.

According to French law you must bring and display 1 doctors certificate per person at the race registration, you can also upload the certificate when entering the race. See example file for a ÖTILLÖ Cannes Medical Certificate.

Wetsuits are prohibited if the water temperature is above 24.5 degrees Celsius.

Cancellation of the swimming section if the water temperature is below 12 degrees Celsius (athletes over 14 years of age)

Cancellation of the swimming section if the water temperature is below 16 degrees Celsius (athletes below 14 years of age)

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