ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö

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

Racer information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Utö 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


The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest that you fly to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and from there you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Central Station. From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö.

Use this travel planner and put 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 form. Use the travel planner above to check the ferry times from Årsta Brygga.


We have organized a chartered ferry to Utö that leaves Sunday morning at 07:30 from Årsta Brygga. If you plan to take this it fits with a subway, train and bus that leaves from Stockholm C at 05:34. You can check the route in the travel planner.

The chartered return ferry leaves Utö at 18:45 on Sunday. It arrives Årsta Brygga to match the public bus that will take you to the train station. There are also several regular ferries from Utö in the afternoon.


Book your accommodation with Utö Värdshus, they have all types of living solutions for you. The beds will run out so we recommend you to make your booking as soon as possible.

There is also a camping area less than 1 km from the start. If you are staying on Utö, the restaurant at Utö Värdshus will have a special dinner formula on Friday and Saturday to satisfy most needs.


The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be in the race tents at Gruvbryggan.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, May 18th, 11:00-12:30
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Sunday, May 19th, 07:30-09:30

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.

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.

Mandatory gear

Mandatory gear per team is:

  • 1 pressure bandage in a water-proof package
  • 2 neoprene wet suits
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 2 easy- accessible whistles (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • 2 Foldable cups/soft flasks or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim caps that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • 1 Map
  • Timing chip

Mandatory gear in the Solo classes is:

  • 1 pressure bandage in a water-proof package
  • 1 neoprene wet suit
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 1 easy- accessible whistle (so you can blow the whistle when on the swims)
  • 1 Foldable cup/soft flask or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations
  • Race bib to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Map
  • Timing chip
  • Safety buoy

Before start and at the finish line we will randomly select teams/racers 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.

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.

Rental sites:

  • ÖTILLÖ Hvar — April 6–7, 2019. Last day for booking April 1
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö — May 18–19, 2019. Last day for booking May 13
  • ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly — June 8–9, 2019. Last day for booking June 3
  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 6–7, 2019. Last day for booking July 1
  • ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 31, 2019. Last day for booking August 26
  • ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes — September 21–22, 2019. Last day for booking September 16
  • ÖTILLÖ Cannes — October 19–20, 2019. Last day for booking October 14

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 for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be in the race tents at Gruvbryggan, Utö. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, May 18th, at 12:30
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Sunday, May 19th, at 09:30

Logistics to get to start

The start for both races is close to the race area in the harbour, Gruvbryggan. Make sure to be there on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
  • Toilets are available next to the start line
  • You can leave your bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so if you have any valuables, please bring a lock to your bag.

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. This is for your safety:

  • TIME 3 at 15:10

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

  • TIME 5 at 13:00
  • TIME 8 at 15:40
  • TIME 9 at 16:15

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, soft flask 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, 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 & Experience races.

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 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.


  • 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.


  • Youcannot wear a tow rope before the first swim
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.


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 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 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.


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 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 Utö LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live, please spread the information to all your friends and family. We will also use #otillouto 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.

Weather on Utö

In the end of May Utö usually have early Swedish summer weather with warm, calm days and cold nights. It can be anything between 5 – 20 degrees C. Water temperatures will be between 8 – 11 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. 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 races are great to follow as a spectator. All courses are very easily accessible from land and our recommendation is that you rent a bike in the harbour on Utö. That way you can ride around and look at the teams. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads, even though they have li­ttle traffic.

You could have lunch at Båtshaket on Ålö where all the teams will pass around lunch-time in the World Series race. Print the race map found on the web page and you will see where to go. The post-race food is only for the racers but you can take part as the tent and bar is open for everyone.

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 Utö 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