ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar

A tribute to the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean
November 7-8, 2020

The smell of rosemary in the hills, the extremely clear, salty water in the combination with the whispers of history makes this an exceptional race.

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Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
Destination partners
  • Grad Hvar
  • TZ Hvar
  • Suncani Hvar Hotels
  • IN Croatia
  • Croatia - Full of life
Timing partner
  • Garmin
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth

About ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar

Hvar – one of the most beautiful islands in the world – is the ideal location for an early race and for a race in the Mediterranean. Croatia and Hvar is a dream come true location. We are proud to kick- off the European swimrun season and welcome you the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar.

The island is magnificient, surrounded by emerald-colored seas and the exceptional Paklinski islands to the south. Hvar is known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Just one hour off the mainland city of Split makes the ferry ride a perfect place to relax into the island vibe.
Rosemary, lavender, wine, more than a 2000-year old history; just simply, a unique place for a unique race.

The weather in this period is perfect for swimrun with water temperatures between 15 – 17 degrees and about 20 degrees in the air. In the sun it will get hot and you will really have to think about your heat management on the long runs. The water is salty so you will have very good buoyancy however it adds a bit of chafing. Like everything in swimrun; there is always a negative with the positive.

If you have energy left for the closing party you will experience the fantastic local food with locally grown produce. The local wines are superb. Did you know that the local Plavac grape is the mother of Syrah/Zinfandel?

The races

This race is beautiful but tough. The hills, the long swims and the salt-water will challenge all the teams to put in stellar performances. You will not only have to be strong running in the hills, you will need to be strong in the water to excel in this race.

The course is magnificent and a real challenge. We start and finish in the Main Square of Hvar. We will also pass through the same place once in the race, the course looks like a figure of eight or the symbol of infinity.

A total of 40,4 km with 9 swims of which the longest is 2 950 metres. A total of almost 9 000 metres of swimming. The first part of the course will be a lot of swimming, the second part will be more running.

From the start you will run and swim to the Western-most point of the main island. Where the first cut-off will be. From there every team will get a safety buoy from the organisation to be used for the long swim across to the Paklini Islands. We strongly recommend that you tether up (be attached by rope) for this long swim. Make sure that you know how to swim in open-water and potentially with side-wind, waves and currents. When on the Paklini islands you leave your HEAD safety buoy and continue running and swimming back towards Hvar town.

You go back through the Main Square, here will also be the second cut-off. Then a climb to the two fortresses Spanjola and Napoleon. From Napoleon it is a nice run in the mountains through olive groves, an abandoned village and finally down to the sea again, to the nice village Milna where the third Cut off will be. From Milna you run and swim back to the finish line, which is on the Main Square in Hvar.

This course has everything; fantastic water to swim in. Some rough, some protected. Single track trails and 4×4 tracks through olive groves, lavender and rosemary fields, tough hills up and down. Historical buildings and cultural heritage all around. All with incredible views at all times!

Course details
  • Total race distance 40 425 m
  • Trail-running 31 590 m
  • Swimming 8 835 m
  • Swim sections 9
  • Longest swim 2 950 m
  • Longest run 13 600 m
  • TOTAL ELEVATION 717 m

Entry fee
  • Early bird (until 2019-10-08)€ 385
  • Normal fee (until 2020-04-07)€ 420
  • Late entry (until 2020-04-14)€ 480
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The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar is the perfect race to start feeling your way around a bit longer swims or as a test race for those who are training for something bigger. You will get the feeling for the beautiful water you will experience the fantastic scents from the rosemary along the trails and you will see the beautiful views.

The course will be about 13,5 km with 6 swims. The course will start and finish on the Main Square in Hvar. The longest swim is 1200 metres.

SOLO

Sometimes your partner is sick or injured or you can not find someone to participate with you. We are giving you the option to participate in either the Sprint or the Experience distance as an individual.

Course details
  • Total race distance 13 500 m
  • Trail-running 10 500 m
  • Swimming 3 000 m
  • Swim sections 6
  • Longest swim 1 200 m
  • Longest run 5 700 m
  • Total elevation 121 m

Entry fee Team/Solo
  • Early bird (until 2019-10-08) € 130/70
  • Normal fee (until 2020-04-07) € 150/80
  • Late entry (until 2020-04-16) € 175/90
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The new format Experience is exactly what the name implies, a swimrun experience for those completely new to the sport or for those not ready to compete over bigger distances.

In Hvar you will experience the beautiful town, the warm water and the very friendly atmosphere of an ÖTILLÖ race. Come alone or come as a team and enjoy the ÖTILLÖ Experience.

The course is 8,3 km long with 5 swims, of which the longest is 500 metres.

SOLO

Sometimes your partner is sick or injured or you can not find someone to participate with you. We are giving you the option to participate in either the Sprint or the Experience distance as an individual.

Course details
  • Total race distance 8 300 m
  • Trail-running 6 900 m
  • Swimming 1 400 m
  • Swim sections 5
  • Longest swim 500 m
  • Longest run 3 700 m
  • Total elevation 93 m

Entry fee Team/Solo
  • Early bird (until 2019-10-08) € 70/45
  • Normal fee (until 2020-04-07) € 80/50
  • Late entry (until 2020-04-16) € 90/55
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Schedule for the weekend

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
23:59
(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, November 6th, 2020
11:00Meet at ÖTILLÖ Start line on the Main square for the #cleantheocean activity together with local school children
14:00Build art installations with some of the garbage collected together with a local artist. Meet at the ÖTILLÖ Start line
16:00Social swimrun. Meet by the beach below Hotel Amfora
16:00Event with ARKsouls. Get help with the last preparations for the race - Bonj below Amfora Hotel
18:30Social gathering. A drink and finger food at the ”Roof top” bar Hotel Adriana, in the harbor.
Saturday, November 7th, 2020
08:30-10:00Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Amfora hotel
10:00MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Amfora hotel
11:30Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo - Hvar Main square
12:25First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
12:40Sprint CUT-OFF at Miće Marchija
13:10First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:00Last Sprint racers across the finish line
15:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint - Hvar Main square
16:30-18:00Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Amfora hotel
17:00Welcome drink, Aperitif – Amfora hotel
18:00MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Amfora hotel
Sunday, November 8th, 2020
09:15Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Hvar Main square
11:00Race cut-off at Point Pelegrin, Time 2
14:15First team across the finish line
14:15Race cut-off at Hvar Main Square, Time 6
16:05Race cut-off at Milna, Time 8
17:30Last team across the finish line
17:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series - Hvar Main square
18:30-20:30Closing dinner for ÖTILLÖ World Series - Amfora hotel
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green