ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Malta

Racer information 2019
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
Destination partners
  • Visitmalta.com
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Dryrobe

Racer information

Updated 2019-11-04

Here you will find everything you need to know as a swimrun racer at ÖTILLÖ Malta 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
mats@otillswimrun.com

Michael Lemmel
+46 (0) 735 25 97 02
michael@otilloswimrun.com

Schedule

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
13:59 Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series Malta. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com.
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
13:59 Last day to enter and make changes for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019
08:30-10:00 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Agliolio terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
10:00 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Agliolio terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
11:00 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience Team & Solo – Golden Sands beach
11:45 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
12:45 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:00 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Golden Sands Beach
16:00 #Cleantheocean activity – 1- hour trash search and collect. Golden Sands beach
17:00-18:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Agliolio terrace, Radison Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
17:30-18:30 Welcome drink – Agliolio terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
18:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Agliolio terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
Sunday, November 24th, 2019
06:30 Buses leave from Radisson Blu Hotel to Start Line in Valletta, RACERS ONLY
08:00 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series – Valletta
10:30 Race cut-off at Time 3
12:35 First team across the finish line
13:20 Race cut-off at Time 5
14:30 Race cut-off at Time 6
16:30 Last team across the finish line
15:00-18:00 Pasta buffet & drinks ÖTILLÖ World Series – Ballroom at Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands
17:00 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series – Ballroom at Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands

Travel

Malta is reached by air from all major European airports. If you are on Sicily you can take the ferry.

For Saturday Sprint and Experience races you can stay anywhere on Malta as the race area is within a 1-hour drive from almost anywhere on the island.

For the Sunday World Series race you need to be at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Golden Sands no later than 17:00 on Saturday for registration, the welcome drink and the MANDATORY race briefing. You should plan Saturday and Sunday evening either at the hotel or nearby. We will transport all racers to Valletta from the Radisson Blu Hotel for the Sunday morning start.

Accommodation

Malta has lots of options. However, we recommend that you stay at Golden Sands Radisson Blu where the Finish line is. Use the following link with booking code to book at Golden Sands.
 
Our other recommendation is Salini resort, it is a little further away but still very close by. Please use the following booking code: Otillo2019 to get 75€ in a standard room incl breakfast.

Registration

The registration for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be at the Agliolio terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel in Golden Sands. You access the terrace from the beach.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, November 23rd 08:30 – 10:00
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, November 23rd 17:00 – 18:30

All racers have to come to the registration to collect their Start packs. 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.
At the registration we will sell the following items, cash only:

  • Foldable cups – 5 Euros
  • Soft Flasks – 10 Euros

Included in the start pack

EXPERIENCE

  • 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

 

SPRINT

  • 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

 

SPECIAL GEAR FOR SOLO

  • Safety buoy is optional and you can borrow one at the registration.

 

WORLD SERIES

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 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 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 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
  • 1 Map
  • 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 before November 1st here

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 Euros.

  • 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 the World Series race will be at the Agliolio terrace at Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Sands. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, November 23rd at 10:00
  • Briefing for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Saturday, November 23rd at 18:30

Logistics to get to start

The start for the Sprint and Experience is on the beach at Golden Sands. The start of the World Series race is in Valletta. We will transport the Sunday World Series racers to the start in Valletta by bus from Golden Sands. All finishes are in Golden Sands beach. For Saturday Sprint and Experience you will need to make your own way to the start. 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 at the indicated place at the start. Bring a minimum of valuables.

Cut offs

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

TIME 3 at 10:30
TIME 5 at 13:20
TIME 6 at 14:30

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.

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 Crownhealth 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 that will lead to disqualification, leave them in the garbage cans at the energy stations.
EXPERIENCE
Check point Food Drinks
Time 2 Energy bars from Crownhealth, Bananas Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Finish line Oranges, Apples Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
 
SPRINT
Check point Food Drinks
Time 2 Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Time 4 Energy bars from Crownhealth, Bananas Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Time 5 Oranges Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Finish line Pain au chocolat Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
 
WORLD SERIES
Check point Food Drinks
Time 2 Bananas, Oranges Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Time 3 Energy bars from Crownhealth, Bananas, Oranges Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Time 4 Energy bars from Crownhealth, Bananas, Sandwiches Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water, Warm syrup
Time 5 Energy bars from Crownhealth, Bananas, Apples Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water, Coffee
Time 6 Bananas, Candy, Cake Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water
Time 7 Bananas, Oranges, Candy Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water, NOCCO Energy drink
Finish line Finish line buffet Precision Hydration Sport drink, Water

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 believes 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.

Safety

  • Take care of each other; it can be a long and tough day.
  • 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.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE WORLD SERIES EVENT

  • You cannot wear a tow rope before the first swim.

Trash

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.

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 will get a 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 with the new FIN RULE – which means they CANNOT be longer than 15 cm beyond your foot.

DO NOT’S AT ÖTILLÖ Malta

  • Do not swim in the SPRINT or EXPERIENCE COURSE during those races.
  • Do not swim across the harbour basin in Valletta, it can be busy and very dangerous.

Insurance

You must have a valid personal insurance for racing in Swimrun. If you do not have one you can purchase ours 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 World Series Malta LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillomalta to tag our posts, please do so 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.

Weather on Malta

In the end of November it is very pleasant. Outside temperature is around 20 degrees and this means that it will be warmer in the sun. Water temperatures are between 20 – 22 degrees C.

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

The water in the Southern Mediterranean is salty, this has an advantage as you will have more flotation, and 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.

Spectators, friend and families

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

As the Saturday races start and finish in Golden Sands and that the World Series finishes in Golden Sands you can enjoy a beautiful day at the beach and see some racing. If you have a car you can follow the whole race along the course on Sunday

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 Malta will award 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ 2020, The Swimrun World Championship. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2020.

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. .

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.

SIPE

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!

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green