ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship

Racer information 2020
Jakob Edholm
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • Addnature
Destination partners
  • Utö Värdshus
  • Djurönäset
  • Stockholms Capital of Scandinavia
  • Haninge Kommun
Timing partner
  • Garmin
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri

Racer information

Updated 2019-08-13

Here you´ll find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship. 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 +46 (0) 73 525 97 01
Michael Lemmel +46 (0) 73 525 97 02

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
23:59 Last day to make team changes (individual names and team names) These changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Sunday, August 30th, 2020
14:00 Buses leave Stockholm City
15:00 – 16:30 MANDATORY Race registration in HOUSE 6, must be completed before the race meeting. See what you need to bring in the registration section below
17:00 MANDATORY Race meeting in the Congress Hall to the left of the reception – Djurönäset
18:00 – 19:15 Dinner teams 70 – 82, 301 – 350, 401 – 426
19:15 – 21:00 Dinner Teams: all others
Monday, August 31st, 2020 – Race day
03:45 Breakfast opens
04:30 Start loading ferries
04:45 FERRY LEAVES FROM DJURÖNÄSET TO START – bring all your things
05:30 Bags on ferry at Sandhamn
05:40 Ready at start line
05:50 – 06:10 Start
15:30 – 23:00 Post race banquet at Utö Värdshus
20:00 Prize giving
21:30 Monday Night Ferry
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
06:30 Breakfast
08:30 Ferry leaves
11:45 Arrival Stockholm City

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship is between the island of Sandhamn and the island of Utö in the Stockholm archipelago. We suggest you fly to Stockholm.

Travel to the start hotel

On August 30th we have chartered buses to take you to Djurönäset where all teams register and sleep the night before the race.

The buses LEAVE at 13:00 CET from the Stockholm Central bus station Cityterminalen. In the bus station you will find ÖTILLÖ on the departure board to be able to find the berth that they leave from and you will see ÖTILLÖ STAFF wearing staff vests.

The buses are only for racers and for those who have bought Spectator packages.

Make sure that you are on time. The buses can be loaded from 12:45 and will not wait.

Return to Stockholm

There are two different chartered ferries to return with; Monday evening at 21:30 to Årsta Brygga or Tuesday morning at 08:30 with a ferry straight to Stockholm City (Strömkajen), arrival at no later than 11:45.

Monday night ferry

On Monday after the race we will have a ferry leaving Utö at 21:30 to Årsta Brygga. It will connect with a bus to Stockholm Central Station. If you have a morning flight or want to get back to the mainland on Monday evening this will be your only option to make it.

The Monday night ferry MUST be booked before- hand. It is of course free to you as a racer. Please email lollo@otilloswimrun.com no later than August 23rd and tell us if you would like to travel back with this ferry. Please include your BIB no. in the email.


In your race fee the accommodation is included for the start hotel, Sunday night at Djurönäset and the finish hotel at Utö. Two dinners and two breakfasts are also included.
When you arrive at Djurönäset you can get your room key in the reception. They will only know your team number so make sure you know what number you have from the start list.

At Djurönäset you stay in a very nice hotel room. At Utö you have a bed in varied types of accommodation.


The registration will be at Djurönäset in HOUSE 6 on Sunday, August 30th 15:00-16:30.

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
  • 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 and drink voucher, 1 per person
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
  • 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 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
  • 2 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 not be allowed to start or disqualified from the race.

Equipment that is not allowed:

  • The maximum size flotation that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is 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.
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 11 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 is mandatory for all racers. It is at 5 pm in the Congress Hall next to the reception at Djurönäset. Make sure you are there a couple of minutes ahead as we will start at 5 pm sharp.

At the race briefing you will get your time slot for having dinner, info about the morning ferry and about breakfast.

Before start

The night before the start we are all staying at Djurönäset which is a 25-minute ferry ride from Sandhamn (where the start is). You will need to bring all your belongings on the ferry, well packed.

Those on SILVERPILEN (the name of the ferry) leave their bag on the ferry. Those who are on the other ferry must take their bags off the ferry and leave them on the quay where told by our staff. We will load it on SILVERPILEN after the start.


There are toilets on the ferries that will take you to the start and in Sandhamn there are toilets just behind the start area – on the land side. DO NOT go in the nature by the start line – it is a small village where people live.


To the left when you get off the boat in Sandhamn


The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship course is hard. Make sure you study it well and manage your resources to finish. Study the updated times & distances document so you know the World-record speed and also what you must manage to not get caught in the CUT-OFFS.

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship has five (5) Cut-offs:

  • Time 4 at 09:00
  • Time 8 at 11:15
  • Time 11 at 14:00
  • Time 13 at 15:30
  • Time 15 at 18:00
  • These are for your safety and for the safety of the organisation. Please respect these and our staff if you get taken off. You will not finish before dark unless you manage the times.

    Energy stations

    Please eat and drink what is offered, do not take more as there are others behind you.We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.

    • Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups.
    • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
    • We will have 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.
    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.

    • 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 3 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.
    Special note:
    • You cannot wear a tow rope for the first run
    • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.

    Swimrun rescue

    As a swimrunner you are responsible for your team mate and for others around you. It is your obligation to know how to rescue someone out of the water, how to do CPR and how to use your Mandatory pressure bandage if someone has a bad cut. Here are some good films for you to watch.


    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 BINS at the energy stations or other bins). 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.
    • The maximum size flotation that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is 32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm.

    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


    IDTM will be doing doping tests at the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

    Everyone racing in the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship is subject to testing and must be aware of the prohibited substances. We will select top teams and random teams. If you are selected it is not because we think you are taking illegal substances, it is because your number came up. Please follow the instructions from the chaperone so it works as smoothly as possible.

    If you as an athlete is using a substance (prescription/non-prescription, supplements etc), you should check if the substance is on the WADA prohibited list 2018. You can also use Globaldro.

    If the substance is on prohibited list, you, as an athlete should not take it as it will result in a positive test result and possible sanctions as outlined in the ÖTILLÖ Anti-Doping rules.

    If you are required to use that specific substance for a legitimate medical reason diagnosed by a medical professional, you should discuss with the medical practitioner and try to find an alternative solution that is not prohibited.

    If the medical practitioner confirms that there is no legal alternative, you must present valid documentation in English before August 23rd – michael@otilloswimrun.com – explaining why you have to use the prohibited substance and why there is no alternative substance. The diagnosis must be backed up with official medical exams and documents (in English). ÖTILLÖ has the right to contact the medical practitioner to request additional information.

    Media production

    We will be producing a massive LIVE WEBCAST from 05:45 – 18:00 during the race which your friends and family can follow on facebook and/ or youtube.

    We will also have a LIVE page where you can follow a leaderboard and all our social media plattforms funneled to one place. Please make sure you share these plattforms with your friends and family.

    Please also use and follow the hashtag #otillo so you can find everything that is being posted in twitter and instagram.

    If you have any newspapers, magazines or media contacts that want to write about your race please contact Josefine as she is coordinating all PR with text, images and news cuts.

    After the race you will find images of your racing that you are free to share on our flickr page and you will find the Official video one week after the race on our Youtube and facebook page.

    If you want to share your training and race data we would love to look at it on our Strava.


    As you realize we cannot predict weather. Over the last two years we have had both extremes. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

    If you want to check the weather conditions in real time you can find the info here. Note: the Utö water temperature will be similar to the Sandhamn water temperature.

    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. Please go to SPECTATORS on the website and book a Spectator package. There is no other way if you want to be part of the whole experience. Buy your Spectator package here NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.

    Swimrun ranking

    All teams that finish the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship will get ranking points. Check out the races, finish and collect your points at www.swimrunranking.com For ÖTILLÖ 2019 only teams with ranking points will be able to participate in the random team selection.


    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!

    Force Majeure

    Neither the participant nor the race organizer shall be held responsible for a force majeure event. Force majeure means any event which is unforeseen and beyond the reasonable control of either party including but not limited to the following: Act of God, adverse weather, inevitable accident, failure or shortage of power supplies, fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, lightning, war or armed conflict, embargo, government or regulatory action or decree, riot or civil disturbance, strike, lock-outs, or other industrial action, terrorist action, failure or delay of common carrier or impairment or lack of adequate transportation facilities.

    If by reason of any force majeure event the race organizer is delayed in, or prevented from, performing any of the obligations with regards to staging the race, no loss or damage shall be claimed by the participant by reason thereof.

    International partners
    • Vivo Barefoot
    • ARK Swimrun
    • Mr Green