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This race location is like a fairy tale. To race in the Engadin Valley on the south side of the Swiss Alps in the summer is spectacular – hanging glaciers, emerald-colored lakes, big mountains, winding trails, and Swiss cows.


This race, hosted in the fantastic Engadin Valley in Switzerland, was the first ÖTILLÖ race outside Sweden. It launched the international Swimrun movement in 2014. The race venue is located in the wonderful village of Silvaplana, between the well-known St. Moritz and the beautiful mountain villages of Sils and Maloja.

In Engadin, you will run on trails through forests of Swiss stone-pine trees, passing picturesque little mountain villages with its distinct Engadin-style architecture. You will swim in fresh mountain lakes that glitter in the sun. The weather in the mountains at this time of year can be anything from a nice summer day to a cold, hard day out. The altitude of 1800 metres adds to the challenge. Be mentally prepared for the worst and enjoy the best.

Getting to Engadin

The closest airports to the Engadin Valley are Zurich, Milan, or Bergamo.

We suggest you take the train from Zurich and enjoy the stunning 3 ½ hour journey to St. Moritz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Engadin Valley there is a great public bus system which we recommend you use to get to your accommodation.

If you are travelling from Milan or Bergamo, you will need to rent a car.

For more details about your journey, check Race Information below!


The race area is located at the Mulets Sports Centre in Silvaplana. Silvaplana is a lively and young resort in the Engadin Valley and offers a wide range of sporting activities. With its unspoilt nature and crystal-clear glacial lakes, Silvaplana is one of the world’s best summer destinations for water sports enthusiasts. The endless trails around the lakes and through the woods are ideal for running or renting a bike.

Race information Engadin

The race is located in the beautiful Engadin Valley in Switzerland. The race area and finish line is in Silvaplana at the Mulets Sports center. We suggest you fly to Zurich, Milano or Bergamo. From these airports there are several travel options to Engadin.

From Zurich you can either rent a car or take the train. In Switzerland the train service is phenomenal so you can go from the airport to St. Moritz (Engadin valley) within 4 hours and the train ride is beautiful. Check out train tickets on

From Bergamo or Milan, you will need to rent a car.

NOTE: there is a great public bus system in the Engadin Valley that we recommend you to use. Taxis are very expensive.

Start and finish of all races distances in Engadin are at the Mulets Sports Centre in Silvaplana.

All racers must enter the start box 15 minutes before the start of the race for a short race briefing.

Toilets are located in the Mulets Sports Centre near the start and finish line. You can leave a small bag in the bag drop area by the start line. Please do not leave valuables in your bag as the bag drop is not guarded.

In cooperation with Silvaplana Tourismus, we can offer special hotel prices in Silvaplana and Surlej for all Swimrunners, friends, and families during the ÖTILLÖ Engadin weekend. Please find all deals here and send your inquiries via email to the respective holel with the subject “ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin.”

Race area

Start and finish of all races distances in Engadin are at the Mulets Sports Centre in Silvaplana.

All racers must enter the start box 15 minutes before the start of the race for a short race briefing.

Changing rooms, toilets and showers
At the Sports Centre there are changing rooms, toilets and showers.

Bag drop
You can leave a small bag with essentials in the white race tent. The bag drop is not guarded.

All racers will receive a simple meal after the race.
In Silvaplana there are several restaurant options.

The race bib distribution for the World Series, Sprint & Experience races is in the Race tent at Mulets Sports Centre in Silvaplana.

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.


There will be on-site race briefings for all races. Nonetheless, we will continue to provide a general online race briefing. 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.

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

We will serve…

products (sport drinks and gels) of our official partner TBD
fruits and snacks at the energy stations.
water and if cold weather we will also provide warm liquid.
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.

More details will be announced 4 weeks prior to the event.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience Engadin does not have any cut-offs. The ÖTILLÖ World Series and the ÖTILLÖ World Series Solo has two (2) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • TIME 4 at 13:10
  • TIME 7 at 16:30

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.

In the middle of July, it is usually summer in the Engadin Valley with day time temperatures of around 20 degrees C. However, the valley floor is at 1700 meters above sea level and this means that there could even be snowfall.

Water temperatures will be between 10 – 14 degrees C depending on where along the course. 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.

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

The course is very easy to follow by bike and these are available for rent in Silvaplana. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads.

The following are good spots to see the racers:

For the World Series race

Start and Finish at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
Around lake Champfèrersee, Silvaplana
For the Sprint & Experience Race

Start and Finish at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
Around lake Champfèrersee, Silvaplana
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 Engadin LIVE on, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otilloengadin 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.

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