ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15K

Racer information 2019
Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Nocco
Destination partners
  • Utö Värdshus
  • Stockholms Capital of Scandinavia
  • Haninge Kommun
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
  • Dryrobe

Racer information 2019

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Final 15K. Please read this throughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors
Mats Skott 
mats@otillswimrun.com
+46 (0) 73 525 97 01

Michael Lemmel
michael@otillswimrun.com
+46 (0) 73 525 97 02

Schedule

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
23:59 Last day to enter and make changes for ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15K race.
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
09:30 The regular ferry leaves from Årsta Brygga to Utö (Gruvbryggan)
09:45-10:45 Race registration in the Harbour at Utö Gruvbryggan. If you arrive with the ferry, go straight to the registration by the cafe on the right.
10:10 Ferry arrival Utö
10:45 Departure chartered ferry from Utö to Ornö. Race briefing on ferry
12:00 Start Final 15K Team and Solo, Ornö
15:00 Prize giving, Utö race tent
16:45 Regular ferry back to Årsta Brygga

Travel

The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest you fly to Stockholm.
From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Centre.

From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö. Use the travel planner in this link and put in Stockholm C as your departing station and Utö Gruvbryggan as your arrival station.

If you arrive by car there is a big parking lot at Årsta Brygga where the ferry to Utö, Gruvbryggan leaves from. Use the travel planner above to check the ferry times from Årsta Brygga.

The latest return ferry is at 16:45 from Utö. It leaves so that it matches the public bus on the other end that takes you to the train station.

Accommodation

Book your accommodation with Utö Värdshus, they have all types of living solutions for you.
There is also a camping area less than 1 km from the finish area.

Registration

The registration will be in the harbour at Gruvbryggan Utö between 09:45-10:45.

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

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
• Hot dog voucher, 1 per person

SPECIAL GEAR FOR SOLO
• Safety buoy to be returned

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 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 Malta - November 23 - 24, 2019. Last day for booking November 18.
  • ÖTILLÖ Catalina - February 28 - March 1, 2020. Last day of booking February 10th.
  • ÖTILLÖ Hvar — April 18 - 19, 2020. Last day for booking April 10
  • 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

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 will be held on the ferry on the way to the start.

Logistics to get to start

We will transport you to the Start in Lättinge Harbour, Ornö. Make sure you are on the ferry in time for departure.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before the start
  • Toilets are best used on-board
  • You can leave your bags for the Sprint on-board. We will transport them to the Finish area at Utö Värdshus

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Final 15K does not have any cut-offs.

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 organisation feels that there is a danger for the racers or the organisation 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 is a long and tough course.
  • We have safety boats and are trying to do our best to cover the course.
  • All teams have to help another team in an emergency.
  • We have 2 medics and 1 doctor on the course.
  • Communicate with race officials when help needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip at ”RED HUT” marked timing chip at the top of the hill before the event area.

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

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 metres apart is the maximum distance allowed.
  • The teams have to follow the marked route
  • It is not allowed to have assistance from other people than the race organisation. Breach of this rule will result in disqualification
  • It is not allowed to throw trash along the course (The only places are in the garbage bins at 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 NOTS AT UTÖ:

  • Do not swim across the harbour at any time, it can be very dangerous.
  • Do not swim across the entrance to the harbour by the red/ green markers, boats go through here and it can be very dangerous.

Insurance

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 media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams.

If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to pr@otilloswimrun.com

We will cover ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final15K LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live please spread the information to all your friends and family.

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. Please use them.

Weather

In the end of August we usually find late Swedish summer weather. But, it can be the start of autumn. Make sure you bring clothes to stay warm. It can be anything between 5 – 20 degrees C.

Water temperatures will be between 16- 18 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress with a good wool layer underneath your wetsuit and use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.

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

Salt water. The water in the Baltic has very low salinity. Some teams will even race without swim goggles.

Spectators, friend and families

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

The course is very easy to follow by bicycle when the teams arrive on Utö North. These are available for rent in the harbour. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads, even though they have little traffic.

There is a restaurant right next to the event area. If you want to buy food there is plenty there.

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