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Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, sprawls across the beautiful west coast archipelago of thousands of granite islands and skerries. The stunning coastal scenery and lot a spectator at the height of the summer in early August provide the perfect setting for a unique Swimrun party.

Why Gothenburg?

In Gothenburg we will build on a very strong local Swimrun tradition and showcase a unique place. For the fourth time, this exciting race will take place just off the mainland of Gothenburg. This race is super accessible by local ferries arriving several times per hour.

The islands are beautiful granite islands with small communities everywhere; the summer tradition, the ocean and the friendly smiles are always there to cheer you on throughout the race. It is a lovely setting for a great Swimrun party and a true celebration of the Swedish summer.

Getting to gothenburg

Gothenburg is easy accessible by train, plane or by car. The closest airport is Göteborg-Landvetter, from where you can take a train into the city. Most ferries to the race area at Styrsö Bratten leave from Saltholmen. You can also catch a ferry from Stenpiren, located in the city centre.

As accommodation on the islands is limited, we recommend staying on the mainland.

Around Gothenburg

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden. Many of its attractions are within walking distance. The city has a lively cultural scene, diverse food options and beautiful parks. Stroll through charming historic districts and enjoy the perfect blend of entertainment and Scandinavian charm. The stunning West Coast archipelago, with its beautiful islands and coastal landscapes, is sure to take your breath away.

You can easily reach Gothenburg by plane, train and by car. The closest airport is Göteborg-Landvetter, from where you can take a train into the city.

The start and finish for all races is located next to the ferry terminal at Styrsö Bratten. Most Ferries to the Race area at Styrsö Bratten leave from Saltholmen. As parking at Saltholmen is limited, we strongly recommend that you use public transportation.

You can also take the charted ÖTILLÖ ferries from Stenpiren, located in the city center here.
Tickets must be purchased on board.
• Saturday, August 3rd: Stenpiren 07:30 to Styrsö Bratten 08:30
• Saturday, August 3rd: Stenpiren 09:00 to Styrsö Bratten 10:00

Use the Västtrafik To Go app to check the ferry schedules. For regular ferries, you can buy tickets through the app, at a ticket machine on the boat dock, or by using your debit/card on most boats.

You have to be in the start box 15 minutes before start for a short race update. Toilets are available by the finish line at Styrsö Bratten and in the changing rooms at the school at Time 1.

As accommodation on the islands is limited, we recommend staying on the mainland close to the harbour of Stenpiren in Gothenburg city.

Race area
The race area is at Styrsö Bratten.

Check out the interactive map to get an overview of the courses and the race area here.

Changing rooms, toilets and showers
There are toilets at Styrsö Bratten, by the finish line and at the school by Time 1. You can get changed and use showers in the school.

Bag drop
You can leave your bag with essentials in the gym at the school. The bag drop is not guarded.

We will serve after-race food for all racers in the race tent from 14:00. This will include a Burger with potato chips and a soft drink (choice of meat or halloumi, with special diet options available upon request (vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, etc.)

The registration for the World Series, Sprint & Experience races is in the gym at the school, Styrsöskolan.

To receive your start pack you will have to show your photo-ID and your personal QR-Code that you will receive via email two days before the start (please also check your Spam folder). 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.


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.


Please check the race maps for a detailed plan of the energy stations.


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 Experience does not have any cut-offs.
The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has two (2) cut-off. This is for your safety:

  • Kårholmnen – Time 3 Energy CUT-OFF 14:00
  • Kårholmnen – Time 4 Energy CUT-OFF 16:30

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has two (2) cut-off. This is for your safety:

  • Kårholmnen – Time 6 Energy CUT-OFF 15:00
  • Kårholmnen – Time 7 Energy CUT-OFF 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 beginning of August it is the height of the summer in Gothenburg. Water temperatures are around 18 degrees C.

Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold weather. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this. The water on the West coast is salty.

In the water there are jelly fish. The white ones are harmless and the red ones sting. The sting is not very strong compared to the Mediterreanean jelly fish.

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

The races are great to follow as a spectator. All courses are very easily accessible from the ferry services. By a day pass and ride around to cheer the racers on.

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

Good spectator spots

On land:
Styrsö Bratten Race Village (Start, finish and the first swim entry for World Series)
Asperö (energy station World Series)
Styrsö Sandvik (energy station World Series)
Utterviks badplats, Styrsö (swim entry all distances)
Kårholmen (energy station World Series & Sprint)
Vrångö Harbor (timing station World Series & Sprint)

If you have your own boat:
The swims:
Krokholmen – Känsö
Känsö – Vargö
Vargö – Styrsö Tången
St Rävholmen – Sjumansholmen
Kårholmen – Vrångö


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 Gothenburg LIVE on, please spread the information to all your friends and family.
We will also use #otillogothenburg 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.

  • Wetsuit (legs and torso in one piece) is mandatory even if the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celcius.

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