ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar

Racer information 2019
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
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth

Racer information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Hvar World Series, Sprint and Experience. 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


Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019
23:59Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series Hvar. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
23:59Last day to sign up for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races
Friday, April 5th, 2019
18:00#cleantheocean activity - One-hour joint trash search and collect from Hvar main square
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
09:30-11:00Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience
10:00MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience
11:30Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo - Hvar Main square
12:30Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo – Hvar Main square
12:50First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
13:15First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
15:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience - Hvar Main square
16:00-18:00Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series
17:30Welcome drink, Aperitif
18:00MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers
Sunday, April 7th, 2019
09:15Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Hvar Main square
11:00Race cut-off at Point Pelegrin, Time 2
14:05First 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
18:30Prize giving and closing dinner for ÖTILLÖ World Series - Amfora hotel


The best way to get to the Island of Hvar is to fly to Split, Croatia. From Split Airport you take a 30-minute bus ride or taxi to the harbour where there are daily ferries to the Island of Hvar. Make sure you take the ferry to Town of Hvar and not Stari Grad.

    The Krilo ferry leaves two times every day, 09:00 and 16:00 and the ride takes 50 minutes. The ferry back to Split on Monday leaves at 07:35, 10:30 and 19:50.

  • Book you ticket for the Krilo ferrys.

If you need assistance with other travel in Croatia or group bookings for transport from Split Airport to Hvar, please contact our local partner InCroatia.


In Hvar we have a fantastic hotel partner, Suncani Hvar. They have put together the best deal in town for all of you at the beautiful Hotel Amfora. Breakfast is included in the price and an additional dinner package is available for those who wants. You are of course free to look around but we think it is a deal hard to beat.

Hotel Amfora
Single: € 67/night
Double: € 42/person/night
Dinner extra: € 15/person
Room rates including breakfast
Insert the promo code into the corporate/promo area: OSR2019


The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be at Arsenal Hotel.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, April 6th, 09:30-11:00
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, April 6th, 16:00-18:00

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.


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.

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be at Arsenal Hotel. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, April 6th, at 10:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, April 6th, at 18:00

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 and drink 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.

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

Mandatory gear

Mandatory gear per team is:

  • 1 pressure bandage
  • 2 neoprene wet suits
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 2 easy- accessible whistles (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim Cap must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Maps
  • Timing chip

Mandatory gear in the Solo classes is:

  • 1 pressure bandage
  • 1 neoprene wet suit
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 1 easy- accessible whistles (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • Race bib to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim Cap must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Map
  • Timing chip
  • Safety buoy

Logistic to get to start

The start for all three races is at the city main square in Hvar. Make sure to be there on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
  • Toilets are available by the start line
  • You can leave a small bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so do not leave any valuables.

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ World Series has three (3) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • TIME 2 at 10:45
  • TIME 6 at 14:00
  • TIME 8 at 15:50

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 jeopardizing 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 or another solution you prefer.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
  • We will have energy bars from Crownhelth at the energy stations in all races.
  • Besides this we will have fruits and normal food.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Do NOT throw the wrappers on the ground, 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 for the race to be fair.

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.

Basic rules

  • 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.
  • Do not swim in the SPRINT or EXPERIENCE COURSE during those races.
  • Do not swim across to the islands outside of the race, it is a shipping lane.
  • Do not swim across the harbour basin outside of the race, it can be busy and very dangerous.


  • 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 the second swim.
  • You will get a safety buoy per team for the swim from TIME 2 to TIME 3. You will receive it at TIME 2 and you leave it at TIME 3.
  • We suggest that you do not use a tow rope between TIME 3 and TIME 4.

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.


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.

Weather in Hvar

In the end of March and the beginning of April the spring has started in Croatia with usually dry, sunny weather. Outside temperature is close to 18 degrees and this means that it will be warmer in the sun. Water temperatures are between 16 – 17 degrees C.

Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold, make sure you bring clothes to handle this.

The water in Hvar is salty, this has an advantage as you will have more flotation, it also has a disadvantage and that is the possibility for chafing during the race. Make sure you prepare areas that rub so you enjoy both the beginning and the end of the race.

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 World Series Hvar LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otilloHvar 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.

Spectators, friend and families

We strongly suggest that you take the time to enjoy Hvar and bring your friends and family to enjoy a long weekend or the week with you. The hotel deal at Hotel Amfora is of course for them as well.

As the course passes through the town centre you will be able to see the start, the middle and the end of the race from there.

Follow the race from a boat

If your families or friends wish to follow the race by boat, please contact Tiana at INCroatia at programs@incroatia.co to get a quote.


If you want to bring your kids and need babysitting, please contact Tiana at INCroatia at programs@incroatia.co to get it organized.

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 Hvar 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 the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint of 2019. No other ÖTILLÖ Sprints are included.


From 2019 we will move the price money from the individual races to the overall World Series. After the last ÖTILLÖ World Series race of the season we will award the best teams in each category as follows:

  • 1st place        5 000 EUR
  • 2nd place       3 400 EUR
  • 3rd place        1 800 EUR
  • 4th place        1 200 EUR
  • 5th place           600 EUR

Check out the World Series standings 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