ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin

Racer information 2019
Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • #CreatingPerfectPlaces
Destination partners
  • Silvaplana
  • Graubunden Sport
  • Switzerland
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Dryrobe

Racer information

Here you´ll find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Engadin World Series and Sprint. 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


ÖTILLÖ Engadin is in the beautiful Engadin Valley in Switzerland. The race HQ 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 www.sbb.ch.

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. The Taxi is very expensive.


There is lots of different accommodation options. From the most expensive hotels to apartments or youth hostel.

Please contact the following for accommodation, say that you are racing in the ENGADIN SWIMRUN to get the best possible rate.

Hotels Silvaplana and Surlej

Hotel Single room Double room Special
Hotel Giardino Mountain
+41 (0)81 836 63 00
Fr. 250,00 Fr. 157,50
Hotel Nira Alpina
+41 (0)81 838 69 69
Fr. 225,00 Fr. 147,50 3 bed room = Fr. 139.00 per person
Hotel Bellavista
+41 (0)81 838 60 50
Fr. 140.00 - Fr. 160.00 Fr. 115.00 - Fr. 135.00
Albana Hotel
+41 (0)81 838 78 78
Fr. 140,00 Fr. 120.00 comfort
Fr. 150.00 deluxe
Albana Lodge
+41 (0)81 838 78 78
Fr. 95.00 standard Fr. 80.00 in room with more then 2 beds
Chesa Surlej Hotel
+41 (0)81 838 75 75
Fr. 110,00 Fr. 87,50 3 persons in the same room = Fr. 299,00 per room
Hotel Süsom Surlej
Silvaplana Surlej
+41 81 828 82 12
Fr. 99,00 Fr. 79,00 Fr. 69.00 per Person in room with more then 2 beds also special weekprices and halfboard available
Conrad's Mountain Lodge
+41 (0)81 828 81 54
Fr. 90,00 Fr. 90,00 Standard
Fr. 120 Superior
Fr. 140.00 Suite/Family room
Hotel Arlas
+41 81 828 81 48
- Fr. 75,00

All rates are per person and night incl. breakfast and free mountain railways ticket (if they stay at least 2 nights)Taxes not included.


The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, July 6th, 08:00-09:00.
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, July 6th, 15:00-17:00.

All racers have to come to the registration.

You must bring and display the following to receive your start pack:

  • Your photo ID
  • 1 Whistle per person
  • 1 Wetsuit per person, suitable for the race conditions, (no Trisuits allowed)
  • 1 Compass or watch compass
  • 1 First aid pressure bandage
  • Fins if applicable for approval according to the rules.

At the registration you also need to sign that you have a valid insurance for the race.


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
  • Race briefing drink voucher, 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 gear

Mandatory gear per team is:

  • 1 pressure bandage in a water-proof package
  • 2 neoprene wet suits
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 2 easy- accessible whistles (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • 2 Foldable cups/soft flasks or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim caps that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • 1 Map
  • Timing chip

Mandatory gear in the Solo classes is:

  • 1 pressure bandage in a water-proof package
  • 1 neoprene wet suit
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 1 easy- accessible whistle (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • 1 Foldable cup/soft flask or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations
  • Race bib to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Map
  • Timing chip
  • Safety buoy

Before start and at the finish line we will randomly select teams/racers 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.

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 World Series race will be in the event tent at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, July 6th, at 09:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, July 6th, at 17:00

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 is the same as the FINISH LINE at the Mulets Sports Centre. Make sure you are on-time. The start of the World Series race is in Maloja. We have an organised bus transport, with three pick up points, to take you there – ONLY FOR RACERS (see map) 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.
Start area
  • Sprint – Mulets Sports Centre
  • World Series – Maloja (By Villa Baldini)
Social area

The Mulets Sports Centre is where we hang out. Good food and drink. Also where the Race briefings, pre-race drink and post- race dinner is.

The Course

The race course is at altitude, + 1700 metres above sea level, make sure you give yourself time to acclimatise.

Cut offs

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

  • TIME 3 at 10:30
  • TIME 7 at 14:20

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 jeopordizing 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, soft flask 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 fruit and normal food.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Make sure you don’t drop the wrappers on the ground, you can 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 & Experience races.

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 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.


  • 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 suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running the technical downhills.


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.


In Engadin the bird, plant and animal life is waking up after a long winter. If you are off training please run on the trails, not off-road and only enter and exit the lakes at swim flags to minimize the impact on the local flora and fauna.

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 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.


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 Engadin LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, 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.


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.

Spectators, friend and families

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 in Maloja
  • Sils lake by Maloja
  • Chasté
  • Sils
  • Silvaplana
  • Finish line

For the Sprint & Experience Race

  • Start and Finish at Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
  • Around lake Champfèrersee, Silvaplana


There is a restaurant right next to the event area. You can also buy a ticket for the Post-race meal in the bar of the MULETS Restaurant.

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 World Series Engadin will award 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ 2019, The Swimrun World Championship. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2019.

The Spots will be awarded as below:

  • 3 men
  • 3 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