ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin

Racer information 2020
Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • #CreatingPerfectPlaces
Destination partners
  • Silvaplana
  • Graubunden Sport
  • Switzerland
Timing partner
  • Garmin
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth

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


Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
(local time)
Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ World Series, Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to support@race.se.
Friday, July 24th, 2020
17:00 #cleantheocean activity, one hour joint trash search and collect from Race tents
Saturday, July 25th, 2020
08:30-10:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
10:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience, for all racers – Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
11:00 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo – Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
11:45 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
12:45 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
14:30 Last teams across the finish line
14:30 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
15:30-17:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Mulets Sports center, Silvaplana
17:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Mulets Sport center, Silvaplana
Sunday, July 26th, 2020
07:15 Buses starts at Nira Alpina Surlej towards Silvaplana Main street
07:30 Buses leave from Silvaplana Main street for the start line. RACERS ONLY
08:30 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin, Maloja
11:00 Cut-off Time 3
13:50 First teams across the finish line
14:20 Cut-off Time 7
16:00-20:00 Race banquet, Mulets Sport centre, Silvaplana
17:45 Last team across the finish line
18:00 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Engadin, Mulets Sport centre, Silvaplana


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 25th, 08:30-10:00.
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, July 25th, 15:30-17:00.

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
  • 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
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person



  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • 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. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 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. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 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
  • Timing chips, 1 per person

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 get a 15 minute time penalty per item.

Equipment that is not allowed:

  • The maximum size pull buoy that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is  32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. If you want to have more than one pull buoy the total size cannot exceed 32 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.

For our races in 2020, you can start book your wetsuits in the end of December 2019. Use the same link above.

Rental sites:

  • ÖTILLÖ Catalina - February 28 - March 1, 2020. Last day of booking February 10th.
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö — May 23 – 24, 2020. Last day for booking May 18
  • ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly — June 6 - 7, 2020. Last day for booking May 26
  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 4 - 5, 2020. Last day for booking June 28
  • ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 29, 2020. Last day for booking August 26
  • ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes — September 19 - 20, 2020. Last day for booking September 13
  • ÖTILLÖ Cannes — October 17 - 18, 2020. Last day for booking October 11
  • ÖTILLÖ Hvar — November 7 - 8, 2020. Last day for booking November 1
  • ÖTILLÖ Malta - November 28 - 29, 2020. Last day for booking November 22.

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 25th, at 10:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, July 25th, at 17:00

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 11:00
  • TIME 7 at 14:50

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.

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.

Swimrun rescue

As a swimrunner you are responsible for your team mate and for others around you. It is your obligation to know how to rescue someone out of the water, how to do CPR and how to use your Mandatory pressure bandage if someone has a bad cut. Here are some good films for you to watch.


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

The first eight (8) men, women and mixed teams where no team member already has a spot for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 will be awarded a spot. If a team does not want the spot it will roll down to the next ellegible team. If no team wants the spot it goes back to the ÖTILLÖ organisation who are free to do what they want with it. The entry fee needs to be payed at the date set in the invoice.

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

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

The winning team in each category will get 1500 Euros and will be honored at the last World Series event of the year.

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.


Swimming induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) is a condition which has gained attention in recent years. In short, due to somewhat unclear mechanism, fluid collects in the lungs, compromising the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. This results in the following symptoms;

  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased oxygen saturation (which has to be measured with medical instruments)
  • Cough, sometimes with blood

There is ongoing research in the subject, and as the knowledge increases, we will hopefully learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.

The current research suggests that the condition terminates in less than 48h. Often it’s enough to stop the activity, remove/open up the wetsuit and get warm. In some cases, oxygen therapy is needed. It’s not fully understood why the condition arises.

There are yet no studies evaluating the long-term effects of SIPE. There is evidence that susceptible individuals may have recurrent episodes of SIPE. There are some medications that may help to prevent recurrent episodes.

If you experience the above symptoms, we recommend stopping the activity and contacting race marshals. If you encounter symptoms during a training session, we recommend seeking medical attention since there are other medical conditions which can manifest in the same way.

Train smart, race hard and take care of yourself and your partner!

Force Majeure

Neither the participant nor the race organizer shall be held responsible for a force majeure event. Force majeure means any event which is unforeseen and beyond the reasonable control of either party including but not limited to the following: Act of God, adverse weather, inevitable accident, failure or shortage of power supplies, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, lightning, war or armed conflict, embargo, government or regulatory action or decree, riot or civil disturbance, strike, lock-outs, or other industrial action, terrorist action, failure or delay of common carrier or impairment or lack of adequate transportation facilities.

If by reason of any force majeure event the race organizer is delayed in, or prevented from, performing any of the obligations with regards to staging the race, no loss or damage shall be claimed by the participant by reason thereof.

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green